AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin
17 October 2016
Defra Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom, visited AHDB and addressed food exporters in the Great Export Truck stationed in front of the main AHDB building. Of note in her speech, is the increased profile of Defra in government and her commitment to support the British Food sector representing 3.9m jobs. Export presentations and displays were also organised for the event.
SIAL opens on Sunday in Paris. All leading British pork exporters will be well represented at the fair, which promises to be very busy. The 300sqm British Meat pavilion, hosting 14 exporters’ booths, will be visited by the Secretary of State on Tuesday lunch time.
Sterlings fall to €1.10 and US$1.21 will be welcomed by producers and primary processors. This represents a major fall but also a much needed readjustment following a couple of years of overvaluation.
Pork exports in August were up 3% year on year, to 15,900 tonnes. As in previous months, there is some fall in European exports compensated by a large increase of shipments to China. Value is up 20.1% to £20m, an unsurprising figure given the weakness of Sterling, the increase of EU pork prices and the higher sales to China. Offal exports were up 23% to 5,400 tonnes, with the bulk of volume heading for China.
EU pork exports are expected to reach a record level at 2.7m tonnes in 2016 (+24% on annual basis) thanks to the boost in exports to China. According to the EU Short Term Outlook, growing exports are likely to start impacting European consumption, which is now expected to fall by 1.6% in 2016. The report also points to a fall and stabilisation of EU pork exports to China, to around 900,000 tonnes per annum over the medium term with flat consumption in 2017.
A very good article highlighting our work in Punjab was published by Asian Pork (Sept.-Oct.). An article regarding our export work in Asia was published in Asian Meat.
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