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Danish industry adapting to new challenges

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Read our latest analysis of developments in the Danish pork industry.

Denmark has traditionally been the main supplier of imported pig meat to the UK market, particularly in the form of bacon. Although its market share has diminished over time, from over 40% in the late 1990s to about a quarter now, it retains its leading position. Therefore, developments in Denmark will inevitably have an impact on the UK market.


Danish pig production is becoming increasingly concentrated, with far fewer farms keeping pigs and those which remain being much larger. Along with an efficient and productive breeding herd and a diverse and successful export trade, this may have helped protect Danish producers from the worst of last year’s market conditions. Therefore, despite challenging prices, and changes affecting Denmark’s main processors, it seems likely that the Danish industry will adapt and maintain the stability which has become its hallmark.

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