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Another small decline in GB pig prices

15 August 2018

During the week ending 11 August, the EU-spec SPP fell by 0.55p to 149.26p/kg, the largest weekly price change in the SPP for eight weeks. The price currently stands 15.27p below year earlier levels.

UK pig meat trade- both imports and exports decline in June

15 August 2018

HMRC reported fresh/frozen pork exports fell 7% year-on-year in June, to total 16,700 tonnes. The fall in pork exports was coupled with a slight 2% decline in average prices, to average £1.35/kg, meaning value fell by 9% on the year to £22.6 million.

Largest Danish pig herd since 2007

15 August 2018

As at July 1 2018, the latest figures from Statistics Denmark indicate that the Danish pig herd totalled 12.9 million head, a 3% increase on year earlier levels. Within this, piglet numbers were 3.5% higher, at 2.6 million head, and slaughter pig numbers were almost 5% higher at 3.0 million head.

Sausages bring home the bacon

15 August 2018

During the 12 weeks to 15 July, retail sales of pig meat* recorded a 1.4% rise year-on-year, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. With retail prices also increasing, this meant the total value of the category increased by just over 2%.

Subdued retail sales not helping EU pig prices

15 August 2018

With growth anticipated in EU pig meat production across 2018, forecasts from the EU commission and others have expected EU pig meat consumption to increase this year.

Slight easing in GB pig prices

08 August 2018

During the week ending 4 August, movement in the EU-spec SPP was reasonably subdued yet again.

GB pig feed production climbs during the first half of 2018

08 August 2018

During the first half of the year, GB compound pig feed production has increased by 1.8% on the same period in 2017 to 899,000 tonnes, according to latest AHDB/Defra data.

Little movement in EU sow prices

07 August 2018

In the past three months, prices for EU sows have remained reasonably steady.

Chinese pig prices still weak- trade outlook looks bleak?

07 August 2018

Chinese live pig prices have been weak throughout the year, and while there has been some upward momentum since May, prices are still around 10% lower than year earlier levels.

Straw prices continue to trend at high levels

06 August 2018

Recently straw prices have been at record breaking highs.

Another steady week for GB pig prices

01 August 2018

The EU-spec SPP continued to be steady in the week ended 28 July, moving down by only 0.08p on the week, to reach 150.26p/kg.

Risks higher supply availability will keep prices under pressure

31 July 2018

AHDB has recently reviewed the UK pig meat supplies forecast, produced in April.

Japanese pork imports pick up in Q2

31 July 2018

Japan is a key market for high value pig meat products; it has the highest value pork import market across the globe, worth 491 billion Japanese Yen in 2017.

South Korean pork imports still building

31 July 2018

Despite previous expectations that import demand could decline this year, South Korean pork imports were up 15% year-on-year for the first half of 2018, at 294,400 tonnes.

EU pig prices in a holding pattern

31 July 2018

In early July, the average price of pigs traded in the EU remained stable, following some modest volatility earlier in the year. The EU average pig reference price has therefore been around the €145/100kg level since early June.

Feed Report- July

30 July 2018

Read our commentary on the latest developments in the global cereal and oilseeds markets.

GB pig prices just holding steady

25 July 2018

The EU-spec SPP for week ended 21 July stood at 150.34p/kg, a marginal decrease of 0.13p compared to the previous week. This places the measure 14p below last year’s levels.

Brazil searches for new markets for growing production

25 July 2018

Brazil’s exports of fresh/frozen pork fell in the first six months of 2018, despite higher year-on-year production, leading to a fall in the domestic pig price.

Danish pork exports increase in early 2018

25 July 2018

In the first four months of 2018, Danish fresh/frozen pork exports increased by 8% year-on-year to 375,500 tonnes.

Strong growth in Italian pork imports

25 July 2018

Italy is the largest net importer of pork in the EU. Demand has also been increasing strongly, and in the first four months of 2018, Italy imported 10% more fresh/frozen pork than during the same period a year before.

Earlier Easter boosts EU pork production in April

25 July 2018

Figures from Eurostat show EU pig slaughterings in April were 21 million head, 10% higher year-on-year.

Mixed picture for EU pork exports

24 July 2018

During May, the EU exported 166,900 tonnes of fresh/frozen pork, 2% above year earlier levels.

Pig prices flat as slaughterings pick up

18 July 2018

GB finished pig prices remained stable and recorded no change in the week ending 14 July, with the EU-spec SPP persisting at 150.47p/kg. The price was climbing at this time last year, which has left the current figure 13.7p/kg lower than 2017 levels.

UK’s international pig meat trade decreases during May

18 July 2018

HMRC reported UK imports of fresh/frozen pork declined 12% year-on-year during May, to 35,600 tonnes. Meanwhile, reported exports dropped by 17% on the year, to 15,800 tonnes.

UK pork production dips in June

18 July 2018

Reflecting reports of tight supplies, pork production dipped modestly in June. Output for the month is pegged at 71,800 tonnes, down 1% compared with a year earlier, according to latest figures from Defra.

Summer edition of short-term outlook for EU meat markets

18 July 2018

The European Commission has published its latest EU short-term outlook covering 2018 and 2019.

Producer share of retail price gains slightly during June

17 July 2018

In June, the producer share of the pork retail price increased by just under one percentage point month-on-month, to 39.6%, according to AHDB estimates.  During the month, average farmgate prices creeped up slightly, while the average retail price slipped.

Philippines pig meat imports set to be the largest yet

17 July 2018

The Philippines is an important and growing export market for UK pig meat.

Another week of stable pig prices

11 July 2018

GB finished pig prices remained broadly stable in the week ended 7 July, continuing the trend seen since early June.

German pig population back in decline

11 July 2018

Despite picking up slightly during 2017, the German pig herd has now declined once again.

Sausages and bacon counter weakening fresh pork sales

11 July 2018

The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, covering the 12 weeks to 17 June, recorded a stable performance for the total pig meat* category. Rising prices meant that in value terms the market grew by just over 1%, to an estimated £994 million.

UK pork imports dropped in Q1 2018

10 July 2018

The latest export data from the UK’s key pork suppliers suggests imports dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2018.

Growth in Irish pig meat exports, but pig prices remain flat

10 July 2018

In the first four months of 2018, Ireland exported 91,000 tonnes of pig meat and offal, up 9% on the same period in 2017 to a new record level.

OECD Agricultural outlook: slowing demand growth for meat products

10 July 2018

Last week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation for the United Nations (FAO) released their annual agricultural outlook. The current edition provides market predictions for all agricultural commodities for the next 10 years (2018-2027).

Little change in GB pig prices

04 July 2018

In the week ending 30 June, the EU-spec SPP was 150.31p/kg, 0.28p higher compared to the previous week, although the measure remains around 12p below year earlier levels.

EU pig prices warming as supplies tighten

04 July 2018

During June the EU pig reference price was edging upwards until the most recent week, when a small decline was recorded. In the week ended 24 June the average price stood at €145.49/100kg, according to the EU Commission, which is a €2.37 gain on four weeks ago.

Spanish pork exports stride ahead

04 July 2018

Following the long-term trend, Spanish pork exports continued to grow in the first four months of 2018, reaching 537,800 tonnes.

US pig population expands while export markets face increasing uncertainty

04 July 2018

As of the start of June, the overall US pig population was pegged at 73.5 million head, according to the latest figures published by the USDA. This is the highest level reported for Q2 since records began in 1964.

Russian pork imports now negligible

03 July 2018

During the first four months of 2018, Russian pork imports dwindled to a quarter of the volume imported in the same period last year, at just 20,000 tonnes.

Feed Report- June

27 June 2018

Read our commentary on the latest developments in the global cereal and oilseeds markets.

Pig prices holding steady

27 June 2018

In the week ending 23 June, the EU-spec SPP remained largely unchanged compared to the previous week.

The organic market and its shoppers

27 June 2018

Consumer spend hit £1 billion for the organic market in the 52 weeks ending February 2018.

Exports rise but prices fall for EU pork

26 June 2018

The EU exported 167,800 tonnes of pork during April, 7% higher compared to the same month last year. However, average export prices have fallen by 10% on the year and as such, the overall value of exports was down by 3%, at €381 million.

Sausage sales soar, while other pig meat products struggle

26 June 2018

There was a pocket of positivity in the latest retail data from Kantar Worldpanel, covering the 12 weeks to 20 May.

EU production stable in March, higher in the first quarter

26 June 2018

Figures from Eurostat show EU pig slaughterings in March were 22.4 million head, 0.5% lower year on year.

GB pig prices continue to gain

20 June 2018

In the week ending 16 June, the EU-spec SPP rose slightly compared to the previous week.

What might rising oil prices mean for the livestock sector?

20 June 2018

Significant oil price changes can have far reaching effects on agriculture both here in the UK and worldwide.

UK pig meat exports stumble in April

20 June 2018

HMRC reported fresh/frozen pork exports fell in April, totalling 17,000 tonnes, a decline of 9% year-on-year.

Producer share of retail price steady

20 June 2018

During May, the share of the pork retail price received by producers remained just below 39%, according to AHDB estimates, very close to April’s level.

UK production growth more modest in May

20 June 2018

The latest Defra statistics release indicates that the strong growth in UK pig meat production recorded in early 2018 abated somewhat in May.

GB pig prices hold steady

13 June 2018

In the week ending 9 June, the EU-spec SPP remained relatively unchanged compared to the previous week.

Pack it in! Options for reducing plastic use

13 June 2018

A recent survey by insights agency Delineate revealed that plastic waste was as big a concern amongst British adults as Brexit. Although in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, plastic has helped to reduce food waste and will remain an important part of the food supply chain. As major supermarkets and food manufacturers sign up to the UK Plastics Pact and pledge to tackle plastic waste, where do the challenges and opportunities lie for the meat industry?

French exports boosted by Italian trade in Q1

11 June 2018

In the first quarter of the year, French pork exports totalled 114,700 tonnes, 17% higher than the level recorded in 2017.

The competitive game of World Cuisines

11 June 2018

World cuisines are a vast and expanding market impacting consumer cooking habits but, more often than not, the Foodservice world first. As the hype of the World Cup starts, let’s look at which eating-out cuisines have legs, which are being knocked out and which may qualify in the future.

Politics and global pork prices- what next?

11 June 2018

On a global scale, it seems pork prices have been relatively stable for a while. Based on prices from the four major exporters (the EU, US, Canada and Brazil), the average pork export price remained around $2.64/kg between October 2017 and March this year. However, this apparent stability masks dynamics on the individual markets, which mean the situation has not been as steady as it appears.

Mexican retaliatory tariffs- a new opportunity?

11 June 2018

In response to US President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium, Mexico announced retaliatory tariffs on US steel, aluminium and agricultural products.

Pig prices pick up further

06 June 2018

In the week ended 2 June, the EU-spec SPP gained 1.20p on the previous week.

Positive performance for indoor breeding herds during Q1

06 June 2018

The latest figures from Agrosoft suggest the improvements to GB sow herd productivity have continued into 2018. 

EU weaner prices increasingly below 2017 levels

06 June 2018

The EU average weaner price for week ended 27 May stood at €45.99/head, a substantial 22% below 2017 levels.

Canadian exports stumble in Q1

06 June 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, Canadian pork exports slipped by 3% year-on-year, to 240,000 tonnes.

US production pushing exports higher

05 June 2018

US pork production in the first four months of 2018 was nearly four million tonnes, a 4.6% increase over the same period last year. The industry is therefore on track to meet the USDA forecast of 12.2 million tonnes in 2018, compared with 11.6 million tonnes in 2017.

June UK Pig Meat Market Update Out Now

04 June 2018

The June edition of the UK pig meat market update is now available.

EU pig prices starting to edge up

04 June 2018

In early May, the average price of pigs in the EU fell, continuing the trend seen since mid-March. However, in the past two weeks, prices have started to increase again.

Pig prices continue to edge upward

30 May 2018

The EU-spec SPP continued its upwards movement in the week ended 26 May. The measure currently stands at 148.17p/kg, a rise of 0.23p week-on-week. Despite the increase, the latest quote is still behind year earlier levels, with the difference widening to 11.93p.

Producer margins eroded further in Q1

30 May 2018

A rising cost of production and falling finished pig prices meant that producer margins were further depressed during the first quarter of 2018.

Feed report: Sliding real presents export opportunities for Brazil

30 May 2018

The value of the Brazilian real (R$) has tumbled in recent weeks.

Feed Report- May

30 May 2018

Read our commentary on the latest developments in the global cereal and oilseeds markets.

New research shows shoppers back 'Brand Britain'

30 May 2018

Shoppers in the UK say they want to buy British food, but not at any cost - with research showing even a small rise in price could see a switch to buying imported alternatives.

Diverging trends on the EU sow market

29 May 2018

Continental sow prices seem to have become more polarised over the past six months.

Our changing eating habits

23 May 2018

Attitudes towards mealtimes have changed through the generations.

Pig prices heat up on the back of BBQ weather

23 May 2018

During the week ending 19 May, the EU-spec SPP gained 0.73p week-on-week, to 147.94p/kg. The measure currently stands 11.27p below the same week last year.

Defra revises UK pig slaughterings data

23 May 2018

The latest Defra statistics release includes downward revisions to official UK pig slaughtering numbers from November 2017 onwards.

EU economic outlook: cautious growth forecast

23 May 2018

The European economy has grown at the fastest rate in a decade during 2017, according to the spring 2018 economic forecast from the European Commission.

EU pig meat production in February still strong

23 May 2018

In February, EU pig slaughtering increased 1% on the year to 20.5 million head, according to data from Eurostat. This showed a slight slowdown in slaughterings compared to January, bringing the total for the first two months of the year to 43.9 million head, 4% (1.9 million head) higher than the same period last year.

EU exports decline in March

22 May 2018

The EU exported 190,300 tonnes of pork in March, 8% less than last year, according to the latest data from Eurostat. Average prices also fell by 7%, and so the fall in the value of exports was down by 15% on year earlier levels, at €432 million.

Producer share of retail price falls marginally

22 May 2018

During April, the share of the pork retail price received by producers stood just below 39%, according to AHDB estimates.

Pig Pocketbook and Pork Yearbook now available

16 May 2018

This week’s Pig & Poultry Fair saw the launch of two annual publications, which between them provide a wide range of information about the pork market.

GB pig prices continue to climb

16 May 2018

In the week ended 12 May, the EU-spec SPP rose a further 0.59p on the week. At 147.21p/kg, the current quote is 11.24p lower than the equivalent week last year.

Retail sales of pork continue to decline

16 May 2018

During the 12 weeks ending 22 April, the volume of fresh/frozen pork sold at retail level declined by 5% on-the-year, according to retail data from Kantar Worldpanel. Shelf prices may well have influenced this decline as the average price per kilogram increased by 4% year-on-year; the combined effect was total spend in the sector remained steady.

Older age groups enjoy more out-of-home eating occasions in 2017

16 May 2018

Eating out has become more popular among older age groups. In 2017, the 65-plus age range increased their visits to pubs and restaurants by 9.5% when compared to 2016, with the 50-64 age group rising by 4.6%. Growth has come across the three biggest channels - Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs), Pubs and Full Service Restaurants (FSRs).

Danish pig herd still in growth

16 May 2018

The number of pigs in Denmark on the 1 April 2018 totalled 12.7 million head, a 4% increase on year earlier levels, although down 1% compared with the number recorded on 1 January. Over the past year the number of pigs in Denmark has been growing, with the total number of sows currently in the breeding herd increasing by 3% year-on-year, to 1.3 million head.

UK pig meat trade in March

15 May 2018

Despite production of pig meat declining during March, reported exports rose by 13% year-on-year.

Weekly gains in GB pig prices

09 May 2018

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 5 May stood at 146.62p/kg.

Japanese pork imports dip

09 May 2018

Despite strong gains in pork imports into Japan last year, trade has eased in the first quarter of 2018.

In depth: Low pig prices limit Chinese import demand

09 May 2018

Chinese pig meat imports have been slow this year so far, reflecting low domestic pork prices. How might demand pan out in the rest of 2018?

The 'Big four' become the 'Big three'

09 May 2018

Last week, J Sainsbury plc and Walmart Inc (owner of Asda) announced they had agreed terms in relation to a proposed combination of Sainsbury's and Asda to create one combined business.

EU pig prices fall steadily

09 May 2018

The EU average pig reference price has steadily declined over the past month.

South Korean pork imports grow- but for how long?

08 May 2018

At 147,000 tonnes, South Korea’s imports of fresh/frozen pork increased 15% compared with last year in the first quarter of 2018.

Brazilian pork exports start 2018 lower

02 May 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, Brazil exported 16% less fresh/frozen pork than in the same period last year. This reflects the ongoing Russian ban on Brazilian pork imports, which previously accounted for over 40% of Brazil’s pork export volumes.

Largest rise in GB pig price since July

02 May 2018

The EU-spec SPP recorded the largest increase of the year so far in week ended 28 April, rising 0.55p to stand at 145.82p/kg. With a slightly smaller increase being recorded for the equivalent week last year, the gap compared with 2017 levels also narrowed marginally, to 10.71p.

Strong start to the year for EU production

02 May 2018

The latest figures from Eurostat indicate that EU pig slaughterings in January 2018 totalled 23.3 million head.

Pork retail volumes down, while value is up

02 May 2018

In the 12 weeks ending 25 March, retail sales volumes of fresh/frozen pork have declined by 2.5% year-on-year, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Straw prices breaking record levels

02 May 2018

In 2017, harvest was a drawn out affair with some difficult conditions, especially in the North.

USDA forecast for world markets and trade

01 May 2018

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service has released its latest update on Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade.

Rising food prices a key shopper concern

25 April 2018

The cost of living was the number one macroeconomic concern among shoppers surveyed by IGD ShopperVista with 79% saying they were fairly or very concerned (October 2017).

Little change for GB pig prices

25 April 2018

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 21 April stood at 145.27p/kg, a modest increase of 0.11p compared to the previous week.

EU exports increase in February

25 April 2018

The latest data from Eurostat indicates that EU fresh/frozen pork exports grew by 3% on year earlier levels in February 2018, totalling 183,100 tonnes.

Pound hits highest value against dollar since Brexit vote

25 April 2018

In April, sterling strengthened to a 22 month high against the US dollar.

Feed Report- April

25 April 2018

Read our commentary on the latest developments in the global cereal and oilseeds markets.

EU market cautious over 2018 outlook

25 April 2018

New estimates from the members of the EU Commission’s working group on pig meat suggest that increased supply levels can be expected throughout 2018. These forecasts are based on the December results of the EU pig census and industry sentiment from member states.

Supply growth restricted in coming months

25 April 2018

The latest AHDB forecasts for UK pig meat supplies indicate that the strong year-on-year growth in production recorded in Q1 this year is set to moderate. While domestic production is expected to remain above year earlier levels, disease challenges and slower productivity growth are projected to limit the extent of expansion.

Week-on-week gains in GB pig prices

18 April 2018

In the week ended 14 April, the EU-spec SPP rose slightly by 0.28p to stand at 145.16p/kg.

UK pork exports pick up in February

18 April 2018

High levels of domestic production in February helped boost UK pork exports by 10% compared to year earlier levels.

Producer share of retail price drops slightly

18 April 2018

The producer’s share of the pork retail price in March stood at 39%, which is a fall of one percentage point month-on-month, according to estimates by AHDB. Currently the share stands around one and a half percentage points below year earlier levels.

Easter impacts pork production during March

18 April 2018

During March, UK production of pig meat totalled 75,500 tonnes, according to the latest data from Defra.

Pig prices fall as production volumes pick up

11 April 2018

GB pig prices declined in the week ended 7 April, with the EU-spec SPP falling 0.97p to 144.88p/kg.

Good fat, bad fat

11 April 2018

How are consumers’ perceptions of fat and health changing?

Trade between EU countries rebounds in 2017

11 April 2018

The volume of pork traded between EU countries increased by around 3.5% in 2017, compared with year earlier levels.

Italian pork imports stable

11 April 2018

Over the course of 2017 Italy, the world’s third largest importer of pig meat, took in 966,100 tonnes of pork. This was relatively steady on the year, declining by a modest 3,000 tonnes year-on-year.

EU pig prices slip during March

11 April 2018

The EU average pig reference price slipped during March, falling by €3.54 in the four weeks ending 1 April to €145.06/100kg

Spring edition of EU short-term outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets published

11 April 2018

The European Commission has published its latest EU short-term outlook covering 2018 and 2019.

Pig prices pick up

04 April 2018

In the week ended 31 March, the EU-spec SPP increased. At 145.85p/kg, the price averaged 0.48p higher than the previous week. This is the largest week-on-week increase since July 2017. Although prices stood 7.28p/kg behind year earlier levels.

China and the US - background to the trade dispute

04 April 2018

In March, the US announced the introduction of higher tariffs for imported steel and aluminium, and this week China responded, announcing retaliatory tariffs on products from the US, including pork.

German pork exports fall for the third year running

03 April 2018

Exports of German fresh/frozen pork fell for the third consecutive year in 2017, falling 3% on 2016, to 1.8 million tonnes.

Dutch pork exports highest in two decades

03 April 2018

Dutch exports of fresh and frozen pork increased by 6% to 913,400 tonnes in 2017 compared to 2016. This is the largest volume of exports in the trade record going back to 1997.

Further consolidation in number of English pig abattoirs

03 April 2018

There has been a long-term decline in the number of abattoirs in England slaughterings pigs, with the number in 2017 the lowest for at least 17 years.

US pig herd continues to grow

03 April 2018

As at 1 March, the US pig herd stood at 72.9 million head, 3% higher than March 2017, , according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA.

GB pig prices behind year earlier levels

28 March 2018

The EU-spec SPP remained steady in the week ended 24 March, following a decline in the previous week. At 145.37p/kg, the price averaged a very modest 0.03p higher than the previous week. This time last year prices were rising and the latest price now stands 6p behind 2017 levels.

Producer margins shrinking- but still in the black in Q4

28 March 2018

Falling finished pig prices, coupled to some increase in production costs, meant producer margins were squeezed in the final quarter of 2017. Provisional AHDB estimates suggest producer net margins fell to 13p/kg (£11/head) during the quarter. This was 14p/kg (£11/head) less than in the previous quarter and the lowest level in over a year.

Poultry market update

28 March 2018

Poultry meat production in the UK increased by 1% (13,600 tonnes) year-on-year in 2017, to 1.8 million tonnes, according to Defra data.

Production from boiler chickens accounts for around 85% of all poultry meat produced in the UK, totalling 1.6 million tonnes in 2017, up 2% (35,800 tonnes) year-on-year.

Pork sales volumes continue to fall in early 2018

26 March 2018

The impetus in pork sales recorded in the latter half of 2017 seems to have faded in recent weeks, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

In the 12 weeks ended 25 February, fresh/frozen pork sales volumes were 3% lower year on year. However, the value of the market was still 1% higher than 2017 levels across the period, as average retail prices increased by 4%.

EU exports decline in January

26 March 2018

At 183,000 tonnes, the EU exported 2% less pork in January than last year, according to the latest data from Eurostat. Average prices were also 3% lower, reflecting a drop in farm gate prices. As such, the value of exports was 5% back on year earlier levels, at €423 million.

GB pig prices slide again

21 March 2018

Following two weeks of relative stagnation, the EU-spec SPP returned to decline in week ended 17 March. At 145.34p/kg, the price averaged 0.37p lower than the previous week.

More pigs to finish, but UK sow numbers recorded as stable

21 March 2018

Defra figures indicate that, as at 1 December 2017, the UK pig herd had increased by 4% on year earlier levels.

Producer share of retail price stable, as retail and farmgate prices fall

21 March 2018

The producer’s share of the pork retail price in February stood at 40%, according to AHDB estimates. This was in line with the previous two months, but one percentage point below year earlier levels.

In depth: Improvements in GB sow productivity accelerate

20 March 2018

In 2017, the latest figures from Agrosoft indicate that GB sow herd productivity improved significantly. The average number of pigs weaned per sow per year reached 25.8 in the 12 months to December, an increase of 0.9 compared with the previous year. This is well above the average annual improvement of 0.5 recorded over the previous five years. The improvements are particularly encouraging considering the increasing focus on reducing antibiotic usage.

Canadian herd expansion continues apace

20 March 2018

According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, the total number of pigs in Canada reached 14.3 million head in January 2018, 3% higher than year earlier levels. This represents the fourth consecutive year of expansion for the Canadian pig industry.

Slaughterings continue to accelerate in February

20 March 2018

The latest Defra census results indicate that clean pig slaughterings increased a substantial 12% on year earlier levels during February.

GB pig prices steady on the week

14 March 2018

In the week ended 10 March the EU-spec SPP remained steady on the week, rising by a modest 0.05p to 145.71p/kg. The price stood 4p below year earlier levels when, in the equivalent week last year, prices were rising.

Pockets of improvement for EU pig meat consumption

14 March 2018

Last year was a somewhat mixed picture for household pig meat purchases in the key EU consuming countries.

Modest start for 2018 pig meat trade

14 March 2018

Despite significant growth in production in January, UK pork exports were less than 1% higher than year earlier levels during the month, totalling 17,000 tonnes.

Strong Irish exports in 2017

13 March 2018

During 2017, Ireland exported 191,350 tonnes of fresh and frozen pork. This was a 4% increase on 2016.

Small decline in EU pig kill in 2017

12 March 2018

The latest figures from Eurostat confirm that pig supplies were lower overall in the EU last year.

EU pig prices recovered strongly in February

12 March 2018

The EU average pig reference price has recorded some significant upwards movement over the past month.

Beast from the East freezes GB pig prices

07 March 2018

The EU-spec SPP remained stable in the week ended 3 March, at 145.66p/kg.

Increase in EU weaner prices

07 March 2018

In the 12 weeks to 25 February, the average 30kg EU weaner price has generally trended up week-on-week, increasing by €5.82 overall to stand at €48.02/head.

Spanish exports to the EU increase

07 March 2018

Spain is home to the largest pig herd in the European Union. Supported by higher production, Spanish exports of fresh and frozen pork by volume were up a further 3% in 2017, following an 18% increase in 2016.

Global prices stabilised at the end of 2017

06 March 2018

Despite falling from the highest levels since 2014 earlier in the year, global pork prices stabilised in the latter quarter of 2017.

Further growth for pig farm business incomes in 2017/18

06 March 2018

According to the latest forecasts from Defra, the average farm business income (or net profit) increased again on specialist pig farms in 2017/18.

Overall rise in English pig herd, despite stability for breeding pigs

02 March 2018

Defra figures from the December Pigs survey indicate that, as at 1 December 2017, the English pig herd had increased by almost 3% compared to the previous year. This took the total pig population to over 3.7 million head, the largest at this time of year since 2009.

NI pig herd continues to expand

28 February 2018

As at 1 December, the total pig herd in Northern Ireland stood at 631,100 head. This is 18% higher than in December 2016, and continues the growth seen in the June survey, according to provisional results from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

Pig prices resume the downward trend

28 February 2018

GB pig prices declined in the week ended 24 February, with the EU-spec SPP falling 0.41p on the week to stand at 145.66p/kg.

Grain markets bullish, but mixed picture for oilseeds

28 February 2018

Grain markets have been largely bullish over the course of the past month (26 January-22 February).

Will a pledge against plastic change how food gets wrapped up?

28 February 2018

Innovation in food packaging formats continues to expand usefulness and improve the ability for consumers to engage with products.

EU breeding herd increasing

28 February 2018

According to the latest census results published by Eurostat, the total EU pig population for December 2017 (excluding Bulgaria) totalled 149.5 million, up 2% on the year.

Pork sales growth stalls in January

28 February 2018

In contrast to the latter half of 2017, the new year got off to a slow start for the pork retail market.

Slight uplift in GB pig prices

21 February 2018

In week ended 17 February, the EU-spec SPP climbed a modest 0.15p to stand at 146.07p/kg.

French pig meat exports down for the fifth consecutive year

21 February 2018

In 2017, France exported 5% less pork compared to 2016, totalling over 423,000 tonnes.

EU production was up again in November

21 February 2018

The latest figures from Eurostat indicate that slaughterings rose just under 1% on year earlier levels during November, reaching 22.1 million head.

Strong December trade, but EU exports lower overall in 2017

19 February 2018

The latest statistics from Eurostat indicate that EU fresh/frozen pork exports returned to growth in December, gaining 9% on year earlier levels to reach 181,900 tonnes.

Production significantly higher in January

19 February 2018

UK clean pig slaughterings totalled 928,900 head in January, 8% higher than year earlier levels according to latest data from Defra. While the year-on-year increase may be somewhat inflated by the extra working day in the month this year, compared to 2017, the direction of travel is clear.

Producer share of retail price lowest for over a year

19 February 2018

The share of the final pork retail price received by the producer recorded a drop of almost one percentage point in January, to under 40%.

GB pig prices record a decline after stability last week - 10 Feb 2018

14 February 2018

During the week ending 10 February, GB pig prices declined again, with the EU spec SPP falling 0.88p on the week, to 145.92p/kg. This follows just a week of stability with pig prices have recorded a downwards trend since the middle of 2017.

Further EU pig price drop

14 February 2018

EU pig prices have significantly fallen since the beginning of January. The EU reference price had been continually declining up to the most recent week ending 4 February, when prices actually saw some recovery and rose slightly.

GB pig feed production slightly up on the year

14 February 2018

GB pig feed production in 2017 totalled 1.8 million tonnes, a modest 0.3% increase year-on-year, according to the latest Defra dataset.

Danish herd growth continues to accelerate

14 February 2018

The latest figures from Statistics Denmark indicate that as at 1 January 2018, the Danish total pig herd was over 4% larger than year earlier levels at 12.8 million head.

Highest pork exports since 1998 in 2017

14 February 2018

Exports of fresh/frozen pork increased by a further 5% in 2017, reaching 216,000 tonnes. As global export prices were also higher, the increase in value terms was even stronger, growing 16% year-on-year to stand at £293.5 million.

GB pig prices steady - week ending 3 February

07 February 2018

GB pig prices remained steady in the week ended 3 February, with EU spec SPP slightly falling by 0.03p to 146.80p/kg. This stability follows a decline of 1.42p/kg in the previous week. Industry reports suggest that supply is currently above demand therefore it is not clear if this period of stability can be maintained.

Weaner prices heading back to “normal” levels

07 February 2018

Like finished pig prices, weaner prices have also been on a declining trend since the latter half of 2017. In fact, by week ended 27 January, the 7kg weaner price was 19% lower than in early August, at £36.65/head. The 30kg weaner price was also a noticeable 13% lower over the same time period.

Global meat prices for January 2018 are up on the year

06 February 2018

In January 2018 the FAO food price index remained stable from December 2017, recording a very modest 0.2 point rise to 169.5 points, 3% down on the year.

EU set to benefit from Japan’s increasing demand for pork

06 February 2018

After China, Italy and Germany, Japan is the world’s fourth biggest importer of fresh and frozen pork, and the importance of this already huge market is still growing. EU exporters sent 335,000 tonnes of pork to Japan in 2017, according to Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

Premium pigs hit harder in current price decline?

06 February 2018

In the four weeks ended 20 January, the APP declined by 2.76p, over 0.5p more than the SPP over the same period.

February UK Pig Meat Market Update Out Now

05 February 2018

The February edition of the UK pig meat market update is now available.

Slaughterings higher than anticipated in Q4- will stronger throughputs continue?

31 January 2018

Clean pig throughputs were 2% higher than year earlier levels during Q4 2017, totalling 2.7 million head. This increase in throughputs was slightly larger than anticipated in the October forecast, with an extra 27,000 head killed during the period.

GB pig prices back in decline

31 January 2018

Despite stabilising the previous week, the EU-spec SPP returned to decline in week ended 27 January.

In-depth: China continues to import less pork

31 January 2018

In the last quarter of 2017, Chinese fresh/frozen pork imports fell 13% year-on-year, totalling 296,000 tonnes. This is a continuation of the downward trend for pork imports seen since Q2 of 2017. However, the pace of the decline has slowed following further farm closures and relocations towards the end of 2017.

Feed Market Update- January 2018

30 January 2018

Grain markets have been largely bearish over the course of the past month (28 December – 25 January).

Pork helps 2017 to a bumper Christmas

26 January 2018

Improved pork sales contributed to shoppers spending £1bn more than last year on their total groceries at Christmas.

Pause in GB Pig Price decline

24 January 2018

The continuing decline in GB pig prices stalled in week ended 20 January, with the EU-spec SPP instead climbing a marginal 0.03p to 148.25p/kg.

Latest EU production figures confirm supply growth

24 January 2018

The latest EU pig slaughterings data from Eurostat confirms that UK pig meat production was rising towards the end of 2017.

EU sow prices the lowest since mid-2016

24 January 2018

EU sow prices have been on a downward trend for over six months, although markets were generally more stable in the latter quarter than they have been previously. Nonetheless, for the most recent week ending 14 January, the lowest prices since at least mid-2016 were recorded for most key European markets.

Opportunities afoot in emerging Asian markets?

24 January 2018

When we talk about Asia, it is very easy, and understandable, to focus on China. There are however, a number of other countries in the region well worthy of consideration, aside from the more obvious Japan and South Korea. Interest in these countries becomes increasingly relevant as Brexit approaches, which is likely to compromise access to the EU market where over 60% of UK pork exports are currently destined.

2017- a difficult act to follow?

24 January 2018

Following a number of lacklustre years for pig prices, 2017 proved to be exceptional.

Decline in production returns in December

22 January 2018

The latest figures from Defra indicate that production tightened up again in December.

GB pig prices continue to ease back

17 January 2018

The EU-spec SPP for week ended 13 January stood at 148.22p/kg, a decrease of 1.43p compared to the previous week.

Where in the world are we looking for meal inspiration?

17 January 2018

World cuisine offerings are expanding with an ever-growing range of flavours and meal options available throughout foodservice and grocery retail outlets. Have our tastes or behaviours been changing here in Britain and from what areas of the world do popular cuisines originate?

What next for the Russian pig meat industry?

17 January 2018

In 2017, the most recent figures from the USDA attaché estimate Russian pig meat production reached 2.96 million tonnes. This is over 3% more than in 2016, but slightly lower than previously anticipated. In 2018, growth is expected to be slower again, reaching 3 million tonnes. However, Russia has currently implemented a “temporary” ban on pig meat imports from Brazil, which supplies 90% of its imported pork. If this ban were to remain in place, could domestic pork producers scale up to compensate?

In-depth: EU influence on GB pig prices

17 January 2018

Back in 2016, AHDB published analysis of the key factors affecting GB pig prices in the long-term. This showed that historical prices could be modelled fairy closely using factors such as exchange rates, UK and EU production levels, import and export volumes, and global commodity prices. With the SPP reaching a new high in July, before moving into a steady decline, what factors does the model suggest had most influence on these dynamics? And, what might this mean for GB prices in 2018?

Pig prices under pressure across Europe

16 January 2018

Last year did not end well for European pig producers, with declines in the EU average reference price.

Producer share of retail price falls again in December

15 January 2018

The producer share of the retail pork price fell slightly during December to 40.4%, a decline of just over half a percentage point compared with the previous month. It is now at the level it was last December.

Pig prices soften slightly

10 January 2018

The EU-spec SPP declined slightly (0.13p) during the week ending 6 January, standing at 149.65p/kg. The series now stands 1.59p below and 30.56p above the equivalent weeks of 2017 and 2016 respectively.

Can brands challenge the dominance of private label in meat retail?

10 January 2018

At a total meat, fish and poultry (MFP) level, brands account for 16% of volume sales. While this share has not changed much over the past 10 years, this year there has been a decline in branded MFP of around 3% year-on-year.

Another positive performance for pork sales

10 January 2018

Pork was one of the only primary meat categories to record year-on-year growth in sales volumes during the 12 weeks to 3 December.

Challenges ahead for Brazilian pork industry

10 January 2018

Over the past 10 years or so, Brazil has increased its pork production from around 3 million tonnes per annum (cwe) to over 3.75 million tonnes in 2017. The lion’s share of production is consumed domestically, and up until 2015 around 400-500 thousand tonnes of fresh/frozen pork was exported annually. This increased to 629 thousand tonnes in 2016 and was 593 thousand tonnes in 2017.

Are pork shipments to the UK still rising?

09 January 2018

National trade data from the UK’s top seven suppliers of fresh/frozen pork suggest shipments to the UK were 2% higher year on year during the first three quarters of 2017. Growth was present throughout the year, with volumes during Q3 just over 1% up on 2016.

Record margins in Q3

09 January 2018

The latest AHDB estimates suggest producer net margins reached 27p/kg in Q3 2017, the highest since records began in 2009. Rising pig prices and lower production costs combined to create the increase.

GB pig price decline continues

03 January 2018

The EU-spec SPP decreased modestly once again in the week ended 30 December, following a decline in the week prior. The series fell 0.62p/kg on the week to 149.78p/kg, which was 2.12p lower than the equivalent week of 2016.

Latest Horizon report focuses on improving UK productivity

03 January 2018

The latest AHDB Horizon report- Driving Productivity Growth Together, calls for the industry and government to work together to put productivity growth back on track.

UK pig herd confirmed up 2% in June

03 January 2018

The final results of Defra’s June Survey, published in December, confirm that as at 1 June the UK pig herd stood at 4.97 million head, up 2% on the year.

What’s behind 2017’s turnaround in food prices?

03 January 2018

In the midst of the recession that followed the 2008 banking crisis, many shoppers welcomed the disrupting influence of Hard Discounter supermarkets.

German pig numbers pick up

03 January 2018

Provisional figures from the November pig census indicate that the number of pigs in Germany has started to pick up. At 27.5 million head, the total pig herd as at 3 November was almost 1% higher compared to both May 2017 and year earlier levels.

Continued growth in the US pig herd

03 January 2018

As at 1 December, the US pig herd stood at 73.2 million head, according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA. This figure is 2% up on December 2016. The country has been enjoying good and growing domestic demand after years of decline.

EU medium-term outlook published

02 January 2018

The latest medium-term outlook has now been published by the EU, looking forwards to 2030.

January UK Pig Meat Market Update Out Now

02 January 2018

The January edition of the UK Pig Meat Market Update is now available

Feed market update – December 2017

02 January 2018

Grain markets remained flat during December 2017.