Fresh/frozen pork continues to dominate Italian imports
Pig meat production in Italy reached 759,000 tonnes during the first half of 2019, a decrease of 1% (-7,000 tonnes) year on year.
Italy’s domestic consumption is looking relatively stable, there has been very minimal growth in consumer demand and a 1.6% price increase. Demand for specific products varies with a 1.2% increase in salamis, but reductions in demand for processed hams. Generally, domestic demand in Italy is showing limited growth prospects for pig meat imports, however cured meats are still in demand.
Italy has a large trade deficit, making it a net importer of pig meat products. In the first half of 2019, Italy imported 506,000 tonnes of pigment (excl. offal) and exported 130,000 tonnes. Fresh frozen pork accounted for 95% of imports in the year to date.
Italy’s imports are predominantly from other EU countries, with Germany, Spain and the Netherlands being the three largest exporters. Italy’s imports for the first half of 2019 decreased by 5% compared to the first half of 2018.
The UK remains a relatively small trade partner for pig meat with Italy. The UK’s imports for pig meat (excl. offal) from Italy during the first half of 2019 were 8,500 tonnes, while UK exports accounted for 1,800 tonnes, according to the most recent available data.