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31 May 2017

The EU-spec SPP tipped over the 160p/kg mark for the first time since July 2014, in the week ending 27 May.

Two new valuable data publications released

31 May 2017

Two new publications from AHDB Pork will be published in June and both provide a valuable source of information about the pig industry.

Tight supplies counter weak demand for German pork

31 May 2017

The currently tight supply situation in Europe has been well documented, and has pushed the EU average pig reference price skyward in recent months. As the largest European pig producer, Germany has been particularly key to driving this in spite of softer demand for pig meat.

Modest growth for organic pig herd

31 May 2017

The number of pigs farmed organically in the UK rose by 5% on the year in 2016, according to latest figures from Defra.


30 May 2017

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

UK Pig Prices- week ended 20 May

24 May 2017

The upward trend in GB pig prices continued in week ended 20 May, with the EU-spec SPP rising 0.76p to stand at 159.21p/kg.

EU economic recovery continues but consumer spending set to slow

24 May 2017

The European Commission (EC) has released its latest economic forecast (Spring 2017), which predicts the likely shape of the EU and member state economies through to 2018.

EU production falls in February

24 May 2017

Provisional figures from the EU Commission and Defra suggest that EU pig meat production decreased in February by 5% year-on-year, to 1.85 million tonnes.

Pig supplies remain slim in April

24 May 2017

At 785,900 head, clean pig slaughterings in April were well below (-11%) year earlier levels according to the latest figures from Defra.

Alternative Asian markets support EU exports

23 May 2017

EU exports of all pig meat products (including offal) to third countries grew by 5% year-on-year in the first three months of 2017, according to latest figures from the EU commission. A rise in demand for pig meat from Hong Kong (+12%), Japan (+9%) and South Korea (+38%), outweighed a year on year decline in volumes shipped to the EU’s largest destination China (-3%).

Producers' share of retail price climbs in April

19 May 2017

The share of pork retail prices received by producers increased by over one percentage point on the month in April, to 41.8%. Furthermore, this remains the largest share received by producers since July 2014.


17 May 2017

In week ending 13 May, the EU-spec SPP rose for the eleventh consecutive week, to hit the highest level since early August 2014. 

Little uptake of EU pig meat quotas

17 May 2017

There are a large number of EU pig meat import quotas but uptake by supplying countries is very low which is unlike all the other meat sectors.

Lingering effect of meat scandal on Brazilian exports?

17 May 2017

Following the Brazilian meat “scandal” pork exports from Brazil fell on the year in March and April, by 3% and 16% respectively. This followed positive movements in export volumes during the first two months of the year.

Tight pork supplies limit export performance once again

17 May 2017

UK exports of fresh/frozen pork in March were 3% lower on the year at 19,100 tonnes, according to the latest data from HMRC.

Increasing Philippines pig meat imports

17 May 2017

The Philippines has emerged as a significant importer of pig meat with a steady growth in trade, of both pork and pig offals, in the last ten years. Even the UK now has a small but significant share of the market, especially in offals.

Disappointment for roasts, but sausage sales sizzle

16 May 2017

During the 12 weeks ended 24 April, primary pork volume sales were down just over 1% compared to the previous year, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.


10 May 2017

The EU-spec SPP rose for the tenth consecutive week, to hit the highest level since August 2014 in the week ending 6 May, with shortages reported especially for the fresh market.

Danish breeding herd moving up

10 May 2017

The number of sows in Denmark is increasing again, according to data from the 1 April pig survey.

US pork exports up in Q1 2017

09 May 2017

The US exported 442,200 tonnes of fresh/frozen pork during the first quarter of 2017, which was 19% more than the same period last year.

Lull in EU pig price growth

09 May 2017

The recent strong growth in EU pig prices became more subdued following Easter.

GB pig feed production falls in Q1 2017

05 May 2017

GB pig compound feed production for the first quarter of 2017, was 4% lower than the same period in 2016 at 442,000 tonnes, according to latest data published by Defra. 

Japanese imports still growing- for now

05 May 2017

Following a trend seen throughout most of 2016, Japanese pork imports continued to grow modestly during the first quarter of the year being up 8% year-on-year.


03 May 2017

In the week ending 29 April, the EU-spec SPP climbed once again to the highest level achieved in this series since early September 2014.

EU sow prices surge further

03 May 2017

The modest increases in EU sow prices seen early this year have accelerated over the past few weeks. 

Export opportunities still on offer in China

03 May 2017

According to the latest figures from Chinese customs, Chinese pork imports in Q1 2017 reached 346,000 tonnes.

May UK Pig Meat Market Update Out Now

03 May 2017

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