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Record-breaking GB pig prices- week ended 22 July

26 July 2017

At 164.43p/kg, the EU-spec SPP reached the highest level since the series began in April 2014, for week ended 22 July.

EU pig meat exports to China continue to struggle

26 July 2017

EU total pig meat exports in May were 19% down on the year at 284.4 thousand tonnes, driven by a sharp fall in fresh/frozen pork shipments to China. However, volumes exported were 9% higher compared to April.

EU pig meat production falls in April

26 July 2017

In April EU pig meat production fell by 9% on the year to 1.8 million tonnes, according to latest data from the EU Commission.

Feed market update - July 2017

26 July 2017

Read our commentary on latest developments in the global cereals and oilseed markets.

Short-term outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets published

25 July 2017

The EU Commission recently published its Short-Term Outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets in 2017 and 2018. Here we will highlight some of the key points for the pig meat market.

GB pig prices hit near record high - week ended 15 July

19 July 2017

In the week ending 15 July, the EU-spec SPP climbed for the twentieth consecutive week to 164.20p/kg. This is the second highest price recorded since the series began in April 2014, just behind week ending 31 May 2014 when the price reached 164.22p/kg.

Bacon performing well but roasts continue to decline

19 July 2017

During the 12 weeks ended 18 June, the primary pork volume sales decreased by 3% on a year-on-year basis, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. However, a 5% increase in the average retail price meant that overall spend was up by 2%. 

Global pig meat production set to rise further

19 July 2017

Over the next decade global pig meat production is expected to increase in line with demand, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook. However, pig meat, traditionally the world’s most consumed animal protein, is set to be overtaken by poultry meat.

Producer share of retail price reaches new high

19 July 2017

The share of pork retail prices received by producers increased by 1% on the month in June to 43.8%. Furthermore, this is the highest proportion received by producers on records going back to 2009. 

How long will the UK price premium remain eroded?

19 July 2017

The UK pig price premium over the overall EU price has been narrowing again since February.

UK pig slaughterings down in June

19 July 2017

At 845 thousand head, UK clean pig slaughterings in June were 2% lower than in the same month in 2016, according to latest data from Defra.

GB pig price rise accelerates - week ended 8 July

12 July 2017

In the week ending 8 July, the EU-spec SPP climbed for the 19th consecutive week, to reach the highest level in over three years.

UK pork exports upturn in May

12 July 2017

In May, UK exports of fresh/frozen pork increased by 15% on the year to 19.1 thousand tonnes, according to latest data from HMRC.

Policy makers follow the WTO rule book

12 July 2017

As a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) the UK will need to abide by a number of international rules affecting agricultural and trade policy when it exits the EU.

Pig feed production up for the first time in 13 months

12 July 2017

GB pig feed production in May rose by 2% on the year to 144,700 tonnes, according to latest data from Defra.

Japan to reduce tariffs on EU pig meat

12 July 2017

On 6 July a consensus was reached on the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (JEEPA).

Stability in Danish and Dutch pork exports

07 July 2017

Exports of fresh and frozen pork from Denmark and the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2017 were stable on a year earlier. However, both countries benefitted from a sharp rise in export prices given the firmer EU pig market in 2017.

GB pig prices still edging up - Week ended 1 July

05 July 2017

In the week ending 1 July, the EU-spec SPP recorded another small gain on the week (0.15p/kg) and was nearly 39p higher than the same point in 2016, at 162.43p/kg.

Pork popularity rising in foodservice

05 July 2017

The out-of-home food sector saw good growth in the year to March 2017.

Polish pig meat exports continuing to increase

05 July 2017

Poland will continue to consolidate its position as a major exporter of pig meat in 2017, as production growth is being facilitated by both a recovery in the breeding herd and increasing imports of piglets for finishing in Poland.

US pig herd hits new record high for June

05 July 2017

As at 1 June the US pig herd stood at 71.7 million head, 3% up year on year and 1% higher than 1 March, according to the latest USDA data.

July UK Pig Meat Market Update Out Now

05 July 2017

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

EU reference price rises once again

04 July 2017

The average EU pig reference price climbed once again in the four weeks ending 25 June, to the highest level since October 2013. 

German pig herd stabilising

03 July 2017

Following the marked decline in the German pig herd during 2016, provisional figures from the May pig census now indicate that numbers are stabilising. As at 1 May this year, the total pig herd stood at 27.1 million head, only marginally lower than a year earlier.