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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin


13 July 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 13 July 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 13 July 2015


British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The OECD-FAO Agricultural 2015 Outlook reveals that, following a record 2014 and the recent fall, world pork prices may not increase in the medium term. However, producers’ margins will be boosted by low feed costs and increases in productivity.

South African authorities have issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the microbiological control of imported meats (the draft was circulated last year). These include a maximum of aerobic count of < 1x106, E. coli < 1x 103, absence of pathogenic salmonella in 25g for five samples and absence of non-pathogenic salmonella in three out of five 25g samples. There is nothing out of the ordinary regarding these standards. The full SOP is available from the export office. On another matter, a number of pork consignments have entered the country illegally, not complying with PRRS requirements for further processing. The South Africans have written to their Spanish counterparts.

Germany

Update on Meyer’s welfare plan in Lower Saxony
Pig farmers who do not dock pig tails will be awarded €16.50 per head to a maximum of 1,000 pigs. The units should have a minimum of 70% of pigs not tail docked and the simultaneous holding of pigs in pens with or without tails is not allowed. The Lower Saxony Agriculture Minister Christian Meyer has set aside €28m for these measures, although he has abandoned the idea of a ban on tail docking. (Source, various)

 

Netherlands

Fall of live exports in first quarter
Exports of weaners were down 54% year-on-year to 730,000 head and exports of slaughter pigs down 43% to 418,000 head due to lower demand and prices from the main Continental markets. As a consequence, pork production and exports increased by 11% with Dutch pork back in Australia due to keener prices. (Source, PVE)

France

Cooperl
The turnover of the largest French pig cooperative, Cooperl Arc Atlantique, decreased by 4.8% in 2014 to €2b. The number of pigs slaughtered by the French cooperative increased to 4.8 million head, the number of pigs produced by their members decreased by 2.3%. The net result for the cooperative group was €15 million.

New mixed mince
Intermarché are launching a new retail pack named Picada made of mixed mince made with 40% pork and 60% beef including 15% fat at an attractive price of €9.50/kg or €3.80 per 400g tray. Intermarché are also launching breaded and seasoned (tomato – oregano) pork steak escalopes.

Increased charcuterie turnover
Turnover in charcuterie departments in French supermarkets between April 2014 and April 2015 increased by 1.3%. Ingredients and culinary aids (lardons, cubes and matchsticks) are the main drivers behind this growth. Lardons, by themselves, are consumed by 83% of households and, within the last five years, sales have increased by 21% in volume and 32% in value. The matchstick format (very thin lardons) is increasingly popular for its visual aspect and its convenience.

Markets
Pigs: The 56 TMP base price lost €c0.7 last Tuesday. Pressure from Northern European meat markets, together with competitive prices and higher rate of slaughtering, is not good for the French industry. At the same time, due to moderate demand in France, abattoirs are prudent with their purchases.
Piglets: No changes on the piglets market; tendency is towards stabilisation or a slight decrease depending on the region. For their part, FNP-Coop de France indices increased last week, up €c4 for 25kg weaners and €c72 for 8kg piglets.
Cuts: According to the ‘Institut du porc français’, prices decreased compared with their level a year ago. The average price during the first five months of this year for chops lost 6% and loin prices eased by 10% year-on-year.

Spain

10 new sites approved for South Korea
Between January and April 2015, a total value of €55.8m pork meat and pig offal were exported to South Korea, up 107% more than in the same period of 2014. In volume, 26,117 tonnes were exported, 110% up on 2014 volumes. Recently, 10 new meat establishments have been approved to join the list of 41 existing plants already exporting to South Korea. (Source: Eurocarne)

 

Ukraine

New ASF case
According to the information provided by the Veterinary Medicine Administration in Rivnenska Oblast, corpses of two wild boars were found in the Dubrovynsky region on 2 July. Laboratory testing of samples taken from the corpses showed that the animals died from the ASF. Currently, local administrations and State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Services are taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease further. (Source, piginfo.ua)

Moldova considers restricting imports
On 7 July, the Parliament of Moldova considered the possibility of import restrictions on meat products from Ukraine as they may present a danger to domestic meat producers’ welfare. Currently, the possibility of import quotas and customs duties on Ukrainian meat are being considered. (Source, meatinfo.ru)

Higher pork exports
According to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, during the January to June period, the Ukraine exported 14,680 tonnes of pork, an eightfold increase on the same period in 2014. Imports of pork during the same period totalled 1,520 tonnes compared with 18,660 tonnes during the same period in 2014. (Source, ubr.ua)

Belarus

Import restrictions
The Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance of Belarus made the decision to ban imports of pork from the Rivnenska and Zhytomyrska oblasts of Ukraine from 7 July and 8 July, respectively, due to the ASF cases registered in these oblasts. Imports of pork from Saratovskaya oblast of the Russian Federation were banned on 7 July for the same reason. (Source, belta.by)

USA

US exports
US pig meat exports were more positive during May, increasing by 2% on the year to 184,865 tonnes. Despite this, year to date shipments at the end of May remained lower than year earlier levels at 910.967 tonnes, down 6% on the year. (Source: Eurocarne)

Australia

Consumers’ views
The Australians favour price (37%) and taste/flavour (17%) above Australian origin when buying food. Some 52% of them clearly privilege Australian products and 45% would pay more for Australian groceries. Good news: the UK comes third in terms of perception of quality with Australians, ahead of Italy and the USA. Some 34% of people believe that British goods are of “extremely good quality” (7%) or very good quality (27%) against 44% for New Zealand goods and 72% for Australian goods. (Source, RetailWorld)

Peru

Italian push
Some 87 Italian plants of pork and salumi have been approved for export to Peru. (Source, www.alimentando.info)

China

Cofco and Genesus agreement
Cofco, the major conglomerate, and Genesus from the USA have signed an agreement for the marketing of pig genetics to the Chinese market. (Source, CNAgri)

Kerry new feed mill
The company based in Yangjiang has commissioned its new £10m, 120,000 tonne feed mill for pigs and aquatics. (Source, CN Agri)

New Hope and Cooperl agree to cooperate
The French cooperative has signed an agreement with the major Chinese producer and processor for “strategic cooperation”. (Source, CNAgri)

 

World

Worrying trends for antibiotics usage
Between 2010 and 2030, the global consumption of antibiotics will increase by 67%, according to a new study called “Global trends in antimicrobial use in food animals,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Chicken and pork production will be responsible for most of that increase. (Source, Pork Network)

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