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GB pig prices still moving downwards

20 December 2017

In the week ended 16 December, the EU-spec SPP fell a further 0.42p on the week. At 151.00p/kg, the current quote is 0.82p lower than the equivalent week last year, and is on par with values last recorded in November 2016.

Growth for UK pork sales

20 December 2017

In the 12 weeks ending 5 November, the volume of fresh/frozen pork sold in the UK increased by over 2% on the equivalent period last year.

UK pig production increases in November

20 December 2017

Clean pig slaughterings in November totalled 964.1 thousand head, according to the latest data from Defra, almost 2% higher than the same month of 2016. Despite this, year to date slaughterings remain 2% behind year earlier levels, reflecting lower slaughterings in the first half of 2017.

Producer share of retail price declines slightly

20 December 2017

The producer share of the retail pork price declined on the previous month during November to stand at 41%, a decline of almost one percentage point. However, this is still one percentage point above the level recorded this time last year and when compared to historic levels this is still relatively high.

EU pork exports stabilise in October

20 December 2017

In contrast to recent months, EU pork exports were stable on the year in October, at 180,200 tonnes. 

EU pig prices stabilise in build up to Christmas

20 December 2017

EU pig prices have remained largely stable since the start of November, declining by just €0.61 in the past 5 weeks, to reach €145.16/100kg in week ended 10 December.

GB pig prices drop to 2016 levels

13 December 2017

In week ended 9 December, the EU-spec SPP declined by a further 0.62p on the week to stand at 151.42p/kg. This means the current quote is now a marginal 0.24p below equivalent year earlier levels, and is the first time the series has dropped below 2016 levels this year.

Latest FAO Food Outlook Report Published

13 December 2017

The latest FAO food Outlook, including the latest forecast for how the global meat industry developed in 2017, has now been published.

In depth: How might Brexit impact the cost of pig production?

13 December 2017

With Brexit negotiations influencing trading conditions, access to labour, and regulatory costs, the conditions under which the UK leaves the EU will likely influence the cost of domestic pig production. Here, we examine how the changes in input costs modelled in the recent Brexit Scenarios Horizon report, could influence GB production costs in relation to other key pig producing nations.

EU compensates as UK pork exports to China slip

13 December 2017

UK pork exports grew 7% in October, compared with a year earlier, reaching 16.6 thousand tonnes. With average unit values comparable to 2016 levels, value was up in line with volume at £23.2 million.

Biggest Christmas ever

13 December 2017

Christmas 2016 was the biggest ever (in terms of spend) as shoppers splashed the cash over the festive period.

GB pig prices continue to slip

06 December 2017

In the week ended 2 December, the EU-spec SPP fell 1.2p on the week to average 152.04p/kg. The current quote is only 0.65p higher than the equivalent week last year, which is the smallest premium since the series surpassed year earlier levels at the start of August 2016.

Eating the week away: what drives evening meal choices?

05 December 2017

The number of meat-free evening meal occasions during the week is growing as consumers increasingly look to reduce the amount of meat in their diet. Health is given as the primary reason behind this. Compared to last year, the number of meal occasions featuring red meat is declining both during the week (-1.2%) and at the weekend (-0.7%).

EU pig meat production consistent in August

04 December 2017

At 1.9 million tonnes, EU pig meat production in August was unmoved on year earlier levels, according to the latest data from the European Commission. However, at 15.3 million tonnes, accumulated year to date production to August is 2% lower year on year, reflecting generally reduced production so far in 2017.

Decline in EU weaner prices

04 December 2017

In the 12 weeks ended 26 November, the average EU weaner price fell €5.53 to stand at €42.12/head, continuing on the downwards course that began in May. The current quote is now €2.46 lower than year earlier levels.

Russia bans imports of Brazilian pork

04 December 2017

From 1 December, Russia’s Rosselkhoznador, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, has banned Brazilian pig meat and beef due to concerns that the meat contained muscle growth stimulant ractopamine.

Global pork prices past the peak

04 December 2017

While the average global pork export price peaked in the third quarter of 2017, it has now begun a downward trend.