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Slaughterings higher than anticipated in Q4- will stronger throughputs continue?

31 January 2018

Clean pig throughputs were 2% higher than year earlier levels during Q4 2017, totalling 2.7 million head. This increase in throughputs was slightly larger than anticipated in the October forecast, with an extra 27,000 head killed during the period.

GB pig prices back in decline

31 January 2018

Despite stabilising the previous week, the EU-spec SPP returned to decline in week ended 27 January.

In-depth: China continues to import less pork

31 January 2018

In the last quarter of 2017, Chinese fresh/frozen pork imports fell 13% year-on-year, totalling 296,000 tonnes. This is a continuation of the downward trend for pork imports seen since Q2 of 2017. However, the pace of the decline has slowed following further farm closures and relocations towards the end of 2017.

Feed Market Update- January 2018

30 January 2018

Grain markets have been largely bearish over the course of the past month (28 December – 25 January).

Pork helps 2017 to a bumper Christmas

26 January 2018

Improved pork sales contributed to shoppers spending £1bn more than last year on their total groceries at Christmas.

Pause in GB Pig Price decline

24 January 2018

The continuing decline in GB pig prices stalled in week ended 20 January, with the EU-spec SPP instead climbing a marginal 0.03p to 148.25p/kg.

Latest EU production figures confirm supply growth

24 January 2018

The latest EU pig slaughterings data from Eurostat confirms that UK pig meat production was rising towards the end of 2017.

EU sow prices the lowest since mid-2016

24 January 2018

EU sow prices have been on a downward trend for over six months, although markets were generally more stable in the latter quarter than they have been previously. Nonetheless, for the most recent week ending 14 January, the lowest prices since at least mid-2016 were recorded for most key European markets.

Opportunities afoot in emerging Asian markets?

24 January 2018

When we talk about Asia, it is very easy, and understandable, to focus on China. There are however, a number of other countries in the region well worthy of consideration, aside from the more obvious Japan and South Korea. Interest in these countries becomes increasingly relevant as Brexit approaches, which is likely to compromise access to the EU market where over 60% of UK pork exports are currently destined.

2017- a difficult act to follow?

24 January 2018

Following a number of lacklustre years for pig prices, 2017 proved to be exceptional.

Decline in production returns in December

22 January 2018

The latest figures from Defra indicate that production tightened up again in December.

GB pig prices continue to ease back

17 January 2018

The EU-spec SPP for week ended 13 January stood at 148.22p/kg, a decrease of 1.43p compared to the previous week.

Where in the world are we looking for meal inspiration?

17 January 2018

World cuisine offerings are expanding with an ever-growing range of flavours and meal options available throughout foodservice and grocery retail outlets. Have our tastes or behaviours been changing here in Britain and from what areas of the world do popular cuisines originate?

What next for the Russian pig meat industry?

17 January 2018

In 2017, the most recent figures from the USDA attaché estimate Russian pig meat production reached 2.96 million tonnes. This is over 3% more than in 2016, but slightly lower than previously anticipated. In 2018, growth is expected to be slower again, reaching 3 million tonnes. However, Russia has currently implemented a “temporary” ban on pig meat imports from Brazil, which supplies 90% of its imported pork. If this ban were to remain in place, could domestic pork producers scale up to compensate?

In-depth: EU influence on GB pig prices

17 January 2018

Back in 2016, AHDB published analysis of the key factors affecting GB pig prices in the long-term. This showed that historical prices could be modelled fairy closely using factors such as exchange rates, UK and EU production levels, import and export volumes, and global commodity prices. With the SPP reaching a new high in July, before moving into a steady decline, what factors does the model suggest had most influence on these dynamics? And, what might this mean for GB prices in 2018?

Pig prices under pressure across Europe

16 January 2018

Last year did not end well for European pig producers, with declines in the EU average reference price.

Producer share of retail price falls again in December

15 January 2018

The producer share of the retail pork price fell slightly during December to 40.4%, a decline of just over half a percentage point compared with the previous month. It is now at the level it was last December.

Pig prices soften slightly

10 January 2018

The EU-spec SPP declined slightly (0.13p) during the week ending 6 January, standing at 149.65p/kg. The series now stands 1.59p below and 30.56p above the equivalent weeks of 2017 and 2016 respectively.

Can brands challenge the dominance of private label in meat retail?

10 January 2018

At a total meat, fish and poultry (MFP) level, brands account for 16% of volume sales. While this share has not changed much over the past 10 years, this year there has been a decline in branded MFP of around 3% year-on-year.

Another positive performance for pork sales

10 January 2018

Pork was one of the only primary meat categories to record year-on-year growth in sales volumes during the 12 weeks to 3 December.

Challenges ahead for Brazilian pork industry

10 January 2018

Over the past 10 years or so, Brazil has increased its pork production from around 3 million tonnes per annum (cwe) to over 3.75 million tonnes in 2017. The lion’s share of production is consumed domestically, and up until 2015 around 400-500 thousand tonnes of fresh/frozen pork was exported annually. This increased to 629 thousand tonnes in 2016 and was 593 thousand tonnes in 2017.

Are pork shipments to the UK still rising?

09 January 2018

National trade data from the UK’s top seven suppliers of fresh/frozen pork suggest shipments to the UK were 2% higher year on year during the first three quarters of 2017. Growth was present throughout the year, with volumes during Q3 just over 1% up on 2016.

Record margins in Q3

09 January 2018

The latest AHDB estimates suggest producer net margins reached 27p/kg in Q3 2017, the highest since records began in 2009. Rising pig prices and lower production costs combined to create the increase.

GB pig price decline continues

03 January 2018

The EU-spec SPP decreased modestly once again in the week ended 30 December, following a decline in the week prior. The series fell 0.62p/kg on the week to 149.78p/kg, which was 2.12p lower than the equivalent week of 2016.

Latest Horizon report focuses on improving UK productivity

03 January 2018

The latest AHDB Horizon report- Driving Productivity Growth Together, calls for the industry and government to work together to put productivity growth back on track.

UK pig herd confirmed up 2% in June

03 January 2018

The final results of Defra’s June Survey, published in December, confirm that as at 1 June the UK pig herd stood at 4.97 million head, up 2% on the year.

What’s behind 2017’s turnaround in food prices?

03 January 2018

In the midst of the recession that followed the 2008 banking crisis, many shoppers welcomed the disrupting influence of Hard Discounter supermarkets.

German pig numbers pick up

03 January 2018

Provisional figures from the November pig census indicate that the number of pigs in Germany has started to pick up. At 27.5 million head, the total pig herd as at 3 November was almost 1% higher compared to both May 2017 and year earlier levels.

Continued growth in the US pig herd

03 January 2018

As at 1 December, the US pig herd stood at 73.2 million head, according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA. This figure is 2% up on December 2016. The country has been enjoying good and growing domestic demand after years of decline.

EU medium-term outlook published

02 January 2018

The latest medium-term outlook has now been published by the EU, looking forwards to 2030.

January UK Pig Meat Market Update Out Now

02 January 2018

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

Feed market update – December 2017

02 January 2018

Grain markets remained flat during December 2017.