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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

11 April 2016

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 11 April 2016AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 11 April 2016

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

Exports prospects to China look bright for the whole of 2016. The number of breeding sows fell for 30 consecutive months in February to 37.6 million, a record low and down 7.9% on a year earlier as more small farmers' cash flow is still insufficient to restock and have left the industry, despite the recent price recovery. Also, diseases and climatic incidents have affected weaner production. As a consequence of tight supplies, prices have nearly reached a record 20 Yuan per kg.


Growth of exports to China
Exports of Danish goods and services to China rose by 22.6% in 2015 to £4.4b in goods and £2.5b in services. Pork exports increased by 15% in volume against 2014 to 253,000 tonnes. Asger Krogsgaard of Danske Svineslagterier says the Chinese middle class are willing to pay more for safe pork. Hence, the value of exports rose by a mighty 40%. (Source, Børsen)


Pig farmer support confirmed
At the last FNSEA annual general meeting, Xavier Beulin was pleased to announce the completion of the agreement to be signed, to open access to emergency funding for pig farmers. Should all parties adhere to the plans, the first payments should reach French pig farmers by mid-June. The amount should be €9.00 per pig. A second payment is scheduled in July.

Avril – Tonnies
Brussels gave the green light to the Avril and Tonnies joint venture in France. On 1 April, the new company “L’Atelier des Viandes de France” opened in Viré (Calvados) with 30 employees. All products should be 100% French.

100% Britton
The “Le Gouessant” cooperative located in Lamballe (Brittany) is launching a range of sliced cooked 100% Britton ham under the brand “Terres de Breizh”. Ham is produced from pigs born, reared and slaughtered in Brittany using ancestral preparation methods. Slices are thicker than standard at 50g instead of 40g and rindless. All pigs come from the group of producers “Fermes des 4 Soleils” who follow a list of specifications relative to the environment and animal welfare.

Pork: The 56 TMP price remained firm at €1.118 per kg in a feverish European context.
Piglets: The French market remains stable. Demand has decreased due to Easter bank holidays while offers were moderate and therefore prices remained stable. FNP-Coop de France prices are increasing slowly, up €c1 for 25kg weaners and €c12 higher for 8kg piglets.
Cuts: The beginning of the month is likely to encourage the retailers to buy more stock. However, the poor weather may incite them to be prudent. Spring holidays should be good, providing a boost to consumption in some regions.


Marketing offensive in April in Asia
Interporc, the Spanish interprofession organisation, will attend the Spanish-Fusion Philippine gastronomy festival with a number of events planned. It is also planning a week of gastronomy events in Tokyo in April. Finally, it will attend the Fabex meat fair in Tokyo where tastings will take place. All events include Spanish starred chefs. In the first part of 2016, Interporc has activities planned in Korea, Mexico and Italy. (Source, Eurocarne on line)

Coren launches biomass plant
The Coren Group has just launched its new Biomass Power Plant, the boiler intended for the combustion of livestock waste uses the most advanced technology from Spain. Total investment for the plant and the related facilities required more than €3m for its operation. (Source, Eurocarne)

New markets for Arturo Sánchez’s products
The century-old company has added the US and Canada to markets already being served in Europe and Asia, such as Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, along with imminent shipments to South Korea. Arturo Sánchez ended 2015 with turnover in excess of €6m and sales of more than 20,000 Iberian Hams and as many Iberian Shoulders. (Source,

Export record
Spanish pork exports during January continued at record levels with shipments of around 160.000 tonnes, setting a new January record. January shipments were up by 21% or 28,000 tonnes compared with the same month a year ago. The increase in exports to Third Countries was more marked at 41% while shipments to other EU markets increased by 12%. There have now been five consecutive months where exports have exceeded 150,000 tonnes. (Source, Mercolleida).

Grupo Cañigueral buys 100% of Far Jamón Serrano
Grupo Cañigueral, one of the main meat groups in Spain, with sales of €480m in 2015, has acquired 100% of Far Jamón Serrano, specialist in the production of Serrano Ham. The integration of the company to the group structure will allow the diversification of business and to enter the export market with Serrano Ham. (Source, Alimarket)


Westfleisch surprising loss
The major pork and beef processor posted its first ever loss of €4.1m, despite record sales and exports. The company produced 980,000 tonnes of meat in 2015 and exported 70,000 tonnes of pork to China. No reason is given for the losses but the company has implemented a cost-cutting plan. (Source, Fleischwirtschaft on line)


More nutrition controversy
The Netherlands' Nutrition Centre (Voedings Centrum) updated its dietary advice and launched a national healthy eating campaign last week. The revised recommendations advise up to 500g of meat per week, which can include up to 300g of red meat. This would mean halving current meat consumption. The advice does not only take into account health but also the environmental impact of food production – even livestock welfare in the small print. Processed meats which are very popular in Holland are totally shunned. There has been wide criticism of the new guidelines and the lack of transparency of the consultation. The government, lobby groups, commercial interests and some academics have mounted a sustained anti-meat campaign for many years. Unfortunately, there is no counter weight in the country to challenge these views. (Source, Voedings Centrum, our comment)


Cambodia opportunity
Following a meeting of the Russian and Cambodian Intergovernmental Commission where the parties discussed trade opportunities and cooperation in research and development, the Ministry of Agriculture reported that Russia is ready to start export of sunflower oil, grain and meat to the Cambodian market. Pork, beef and poultry meat will be supplied to Cambodia. (Source,

Higher production
According to the report of the Department of Live Stock Breeding and Pedigree Farming of Russia, in the January to February period, production of pigs for slaughter in live weight amounted to 515,600 tonnes, up 12.5% compared with the same period a year ago. The oblasts that contributed to the increase were Voronezh, Pskov, Tver, as well as Republic of Bashkortostan and Krasnoyarskiy Krai. (Source,


Pig-breeding complex in Kharkiv oblast
The construction of pig-breeding and pork production complex, Pivnich-2006, is nearing completion in the Dvorichanskiy region of Kharkiv oblast. The complex will accommodate 24,000 pigs. (Source,


Chipotle’s burgers?
Chipotle has patented the mark “Better Burger” indicating that the fast food chain is looking to expand in the burger category. Chipotle which already owns the ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen fast-casual restaurants and the Pizzeria Locale pizza chain, is not denying its burger ambition signalling that its principles may be applied to other sectors of casual fast food. Meanwhile, the chain is slowly recovering from its food safety difficulties with turnover down 26% at the worst of the crisis. (Source, Bloomberg, various)

More nutrition controversy
Nina Teicholz a well-known advocate of meat eating was disinvited to a scientific and policy panel on nutrition. She says she was shunned because the other members simply couldn't tolerate alternative views on nutrition. She has questioned the scientific basis of the current 2015-2020 official dietary guidelines. Last November, the Centre for Science in the Public Interest asked the BMJ to retract an article it published by Teicholz, but the journal stood behind the decision to publish it, noting it was reviewed by three nutrition experts, three internal editors and fact checked. A petition is now underway to support her presence at this panel. (Source, Politico, own)

New antibiotic rules for 2017
Focusing on the one-health concept of combating antibiotic resistance, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is working to ensure the judicious use of human medically important antibiotics. Changes include eliminating the growth promotion use of human medically important antibiotics and expanding the list of fee-grade antibiotics classified as Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs. By January 2017, the FDA will move all human medically important fee-grade antibiotics to the VFD drug process. (Source, Pork Network)

Exports to China
In January, the USA exported 20,000 tonnes of pork to China, double compared with the corresponding month a year ago. (Source: Mercolleida)


Slow Meat in Cuba
In Cuba, Slow Food members have signed up to the Slow Meat campaign, to promote environmental protection and food sustainability. Undoubtedly, having attended the Slow Meat 2015 event in Denver, Colorado, spurred Cuban members to organise a local version of the event. Pig farming, in particular, is the biggest activity for domestic consumption. This is primarily because of the preservation of farming practices that are deeply rooted in the traditional agricultural system, as well as a result of the food preference of Cubans, who favour pork. (Source,


International standards should apply, US official says
A visiting US senior economic official reiterated last week his government’s stance that the best way to resolve the long-standing issue of US Pork imports containing ractopamine is to use international standards as the scientific base in setting policy. Since Taiwan lifted its zero-tolerance policy on ractopamine in beef products in 2012, the US has been pushing for the country to establish a maximum residue level (MRL) for ractopamine in pork products. (Source,


Strong Brazilian exports
Pig meat exports grew to 56,700 tonnes in March and 139,700 tonnes in the first quarter of 2016. ABPA highlights that Russia imported 75% more of Brazilian pork (Source, Mercolleida)

Latin America

FTA between Mercosur and the Southern African Customs Union
This is an agreement that will allow a reduction of tariffs for the pork exports from Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) to the South Africa Customs Union (Namibia, Botswana and Lesotho). (Source, Eurocarne)


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