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May Pig Market Trends out now

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The May edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday 27 May.

The May edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday.  As well as the usual summary of developments in the UK and EU pig markets and the global feed market over the last month, this month’s issue includes more detailed articles on:

  • Consumer confidence has shown impressive growth over the last few months. However, the grocery shopping habits developed during the recession are now ingrained and as a result are likely to be slow to change. This article assesses what this could mean for the retail market for pork.
  • Poultry meat on the rise. Chicken is a key competitor for pork and it has shown strong long-term growth, as a cheap and versatile alternative to other meats. Key facts and figures on both the poultry and pig markets feature in the new AHDB/AHDB PORK Pig and Poultry Yearbook and highlights are covered in this article.
  • Global outlook. According to recent forecasts, pork supplies are likely to be tight in many parts of the world this year. With the exception of China, most major importers and exporters will experience lower volumes. You can read more about the details and implications for the global market.
  • Germany. Germany sits at the centre of the EU pig market; it is the largest producer, exporter and consumer of pig meat. As it has trading relationships with most other EU countries, it is the market to watch for the industry across the EU. Read about the latest developments in the German pig market.
  • El Niño is a weather phenomenon, which typically brings drier weather to South East Asia and Australia and can cause severe drought. It is also associated with stronger winter storms in the US and greater rainfall in South America. This article looks at how the increasing likelihood of an El Niño event his winter could affect global grains and oilseed markets.

Pig Market Trends is available free of charge. Subscriptions are available by e-mailing Recent editions can be downloaded from the BPEX website by clicking here.