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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin


07 September 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 7 September 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 7 September 2015


British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

Export Health Certificate 7612EHC for exports of UK pork to Macedonia has been made available. Exporters should be aware that we have some technical issues with this certificate and the conditions are not straight forward. Obviously, we will aim to have further discussions with the Macedonian veterinary authorities.
The EU will probably not be able to negotiate an overall certificate for Mexico. Following the recent audits in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and France, the Mexican veterinary authorities are likely to rank Member States on three levels: very satisfactory (meaning all audited plants will be pre-listed and approved), satisfactory (audited plants to be approved subject to written guarantees) and medium satisfactory (selected audited plants to be approved). In addition, two questionnaires were requested from the audited countries. Exports of EU pork are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2016 with Poland regionalisation regarding African Swine Fever subject to a further inspection in October 2015.
Indications from the Commission regarding potential measures to alleviate the pig crisis at the forthcoming Agriculture Council on Monday are not highly promising. With the exception of some special help for the Baltics, the Commission is unlikely to go further than traditional support measures. A further push on veterinary trade barriers is foreseeable and the Commission will highlight the Free Trade Agreement with Vietnam and the work taking place with Mexican access (see above).

France

Contractualisation
Most professional organisations attended a meeting organised by Stéphane Le Foll, with the exception of Coop de France and SNIV-SNCP. Discussions focused on contract options regarding price, volumes and length of agreement. FranceAgriMer has 10 days to compile existing contracts in the sector and prepare a working document. In the meantime, the Plérin market continued to operate without two main buyers, Cooperl and Bigard. 17,000 pigs remained unsold on 18 August. Cooperl now sources 100% directly from producers, leaving only 10,000 pigs per week at the MPB. The last agreement signed by all operators at MPB in March 2015 is now clearly obsolete. MPB will have to manage a difficult situation with heavier pigs having to be sold first. Cooperl will not return to MPB until a new system is in place with new conditions such as the end of a lower price level.

Organic pig meat
During the first quarter of this year, supplies of organic pigs increased by 5% compared with same period in 2014 on the French market. It is reported that organic pig meat is three times more expensive to produce than conventional pig meat.

Markets
Pork: There is very little evolution on the French pork market, the economic and social crisis weighs heavily on it. Some buyers have attempted to relieve the tension but others are still very cautious. Trade has not yet reached its normal level and prices decreased slightly earlier in the week, easing by €c0.2.
Piglets: Nothing new to report, as it suffers from the lack of prospects on the global pork market. The FNP-Coop index decreased by €c2 per kg for 25kg weaners and €c36 per head for 8kg piglets.
Cuts: In the first semester, fresh pig meat purchases were not very dynamic. FranceAgriMer Kantar Worldpanel shows volumes sold were 2% lower compared with last year, although the average price decreased by 3.4% to €7 per kg. Loin purchases were down by 4.1%, whereas other cuts increased by 12.5%. Regarding charcuterie, purchases decreased by 1% overall, leg cuts fell by 0.5% and other cuts eased by 1.3%.

 

Germany

Müller Fleisch launches regional brand
Regional and local brands are very fashionable in Germany. Müller Fleisch has just launched South German pork for the Bavarian and Baden markets. (Source, LP)

Wolf’s strength
The market leader for the popular Thüringer Bratwurst now produces 600,000 of them a day and is celebrated as one of Germany’s top brands.

Some 330 people produced the bratwurst at the Schmöling factory and the group has a turnover of € 280m. Interestingly, competitor Meiniger is focusing on precooked bratwurst. (Source, LZ)

Belgium

Financial support
Belgian pig farmers are to receive short term financial support of €30m. The agreement also includes the creation of a pricing mechanism for farm produce in the long term. (Source, Comeos)

Spain

Esteban Espuña expansion
Esteban Espuña has just completed an expansion of 4,569sqm for the production of sliced cured ham. The plant now totals an area of 10,500sqm (Source: Eurocarne)

Ukraine

Farmers sold less pork in July
According to the National Statistical Service, agricultural factories sold 32,900 tonnes of pork in July, 19.3% lower than in June. In the January to July period, factories sold 273,300 tonnes of pork, 3.3% less than during the same period in 2014. (Source, pigua.info)

Russia

Russia blames Belarus for AFS spread
Experts of the Russian Federal Service for Veterinarian Supervision discovered that pigs responsible for the latest outbreak of ASF virus were from Belarus. The first outbreaks were registered in February 2014 and by June 2015 six more had been registered in the Bryansk region. By August their number almost doubled, reaching 11 outbreaks. From July this year, five outbreaks were registered in the Orel region, five in Kursk region and two in the Kaluga. (Source, meatinfo.ru)

Belarus

Higher pork production in July
According to the Belarus National Statistical Committee, pork production increased to 13,700 tonnes in July compared with 13,100 tonnes in June. In the January to July period, production totaled 90,600 tonnes. (Source, pigua.info)

USA

Lower pork prices
Pork prices have fallen this year as the industry recovered quickly from the PEDv. Retail pork prices in July were down 6.7% from last July. In contrast, tight beef supplies have seen a 10% price increase. (Source: Omaha.com)

Lithuania certified
Certified Lithuanian plants can now export meat slaughtered and processed from cattle, sheep, swine and goats to the United States. Export may commence from 30 October, and all products will be subject to re-inspection at US ports of entry (Source: NAMI)

China

Consumer survey
A survey of 1,000 urban, wealthy (>Y100K income) consumers by Millward Brown on behalf of Meat & Livestock Australia conducted in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Beijing reveals that this important segment tends to prefer beef to other proteins as it is perceived as more nutritious and “important for growing children”. In comparison to a 2013 survey, pork lost some ground in terms of image although it is considered more versatile, cheaper and convenient. Chicken rated similarly to pork. Some 86% of consumers try to buy additive-free food. (Source, MLA)

Baltic Countries

Severe crisis
According to Commissioner Horgan, the pork crisis is worse in the Baltic countries than in Western Europe. Baltic countries are also asking for more help to fight African Swine Fever. Horgan met Farming Ministers from Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Austria, Germany, France and Italy in a single week. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Netherlands

No help for pig farmers
An industry meeting chaired by State Secretary Sharon Dijksma did not bring any short term relief for Dutch pig farmers and did not provide concrete measures to supports producers or the market. Sharon Dijksma blamed overproduction and asked the industry to strengthen exports to Third Countries. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Head boning industry in difficulty
This large sector that imports many heads from the UK is facing grave difficulties with some plants closing. The low price level of trimmings and manufacturing pork and the difficulties of access to China have affected badly their profitability. Large stocks of frozen head meat are not moving. (Source, own)

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