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Rising food prices a key shopper concern

25 April 2018

The cost of living was the number one macroeconomic concern among shoppers surveyed by IGD ShopperVista with 79% saying they were fairly or very concerned (October 2017).

Little change for GB pig prices

25 April 2018

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 21 April stood at 145.27p/kg, a modest increase of 0.11p compared to the previous week.

EU exports increase in February

25 April 2018

The latest data from Eurostat indicates that EU fresh/frozen pork exports grew by 3% on year earlier levels in February 2018, totalling 183,100 tonnes.

Pound hits highest value against dollar since Brexit vote

25 April 2018

In April, sterling strengthened to a 22 month high against the US dollar.

Feed Report- April

25 April 2018

Read our commentary on the latest developments in the global cereal and oilseeds markets.

EU market cautious over 2018 outlook

25 April 2018

New estimates from the members of the EU Commission’s working group on pig meat suggest that increased supply levels can be expected throughout 2018. These forecasts are based on the December results of the EU pig census and industry sentiment from member states.

Supply growth restricted in coming months

25 April 2018

The latest AHDB forecasts for UK pig meat supplies indicate that the strong year-on-year growth in production recorded in Q1 this year is set to moderate. While domestic production is expected to remain above year earlier levels, disease challenges and slower productivity growth are projected to limit the extent of expansion.

Week-on-week gains in GB pig prices

18 April 2018

In the week ended 14 April, the EU-spec SPP rose slightly by 0.28p to stand at 145.16p/kg.

UK pork exports pick up in February

18 April 2018

High levels of domestic production in February helped boost UK pork exports by 10% compared to year earlier levels.

Producer share of retail price drops slightly

18 April 2018

The producer’s share of the pork retail price in March stood at 39%, which is a fall of one percentage point month-on-month, according to estimates by AHDB. Currently the share stands around one and a half percentage points below year earlier levels.

Easter impacts pork production during March

18 April 2018

During March, UK production of pig meat totalled 75,500 tonnes, according to the latest data from Defra.

Pig prices fall as production volumes pick up

11 April 2018

GB pig prices declined in the week ended 7 April, with the EU-spec SPP falling 0.97p to 144.88p/kg.

Good fat, bad fat

11 April 2018

How are consumers’ perceptions of fat and health changing?

Trade between EU countries rebounds in 2017

11 April 2018

The volume of pork traded between EU countries increased by around 3.5% in 2017, compared with year earlier levels.

Italian pork imports stable

11 April 2018

Over the course of 2017 Italy, the world’s third largest importer of pig meat, took in 966,100 tonnes of pork. This was relatively steady on the year, declining by a modest 3,000 tonnes year-on-year.

EU pig prices slip during March

11 April 2018

The EU average pig reference price slipped during March, falling by €3.54 in the four weeks ending 1 April to €145.06/100kg

Spring edition of EU short-term outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets published

11 April 2018

The European Commission has published its latest EU short-term outlook covering 2018 and 2019.

Pig prices pick up

04 April 2018

In the week ended 31 March, the EU-spec SPP increased. At 145.85p/kg, the price averaged 0.48p higher than the previous week. This is the largest week-on-week increase since July 2017. Although prices stood 7.28p/kg behind year earlier levels.

China and the US - background to the trade dispute

04 April 2018

In March, the US announced the introduction of higher tariffs for imported steel and aluminium, and this week China responded, announcing retaliatory tariffs on products from the US, including pork.

German pork exports fall for the third year running

03 April 2018

Exports of German fresh/frozen pork fell for the third consecutive year in 2017, falling 3% on 2016, to 1.8 million tonnes.

Dutch pork exports highest in two decades

03 April 2018

Dutch exports of fresh and frozen pork increased by 6% to 913,400 tonnes in 2017 compared to 2016. This is the largest volume of exports in the trade record going back to 1997.

Further consolidation in number of English pig abattoirs

03 April 2018

There has been a long-term decline in the number of abattoirs in England slaughterings pigs, with the number in 2017 the lowest for at least 17 years.

US pig herd continues to grow

03 April 2018

As at 1 March, the US pig herd stood at 72.9 million head, 3% higher than March 2017, , according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA.