Growth in Spanish Pork Consumption; Italy Doing Well

by 5m Editor
31 May 2012, at 9:14am

GLOBAL - Warmer temperature and the outlook for weather conditions to remain positive have increased the demand for pig meat on the German wholesale markets, while in Denmark, soybean prices are under pressure.

According to AHDB's latest BPEX Export Bulletin, Danish Crown is expecting improved exports of England pigs during summer and autumn. As a result, the company has increased the supplementary payment for such production. Denmark's soybean prices are also under pressure. However, despite the fall in prices, they still remain high.

In France, sales of pork cuts are not exactly thriving because of the time of month and also because of the continuing rainy weather. Retailers are very cautious with their purchases. All that leaves hope for some anticipated orders is the approach of the long Whitsun weekend.

In Germany, warmer temperature and the outlook for the weather conditions to remain positive have increased the demand for pig meat on the wholesale markets. The market for hams and shoulders however is sluggish as is the market for most sow meat products.

Some of Spain's larger and more reputable companies have filed for bankruptcy over the last few weeks due to difficulties faced in markets. As a result of the animal welfare legislation, about 10 per cent of pig producers plan to discontinue their activity after 1 January 2013, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. Pork consumption appears to be growing by about 3.2 per cent. However, this growth is expected to slow down by 1 to 1.6 per cent.

In Italy, according to research carried out nationally in 40 super and hyper-markets, pork has a wider “ready to cook“ assortment compared to poultry and rabbit or beef. However, it has a smaller range of “ready to eat“ products than poultry and obviously the smallest range of “ready to prepare“ products.

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