EU pork exports make comfortably best start to the yearStaff writer ▼ | March 24, 2016
EU pork exports increased by more than a quarter, year-on-year, in January, giving the sector comfortably its best start to the year on record, according to AHDB Pork.
Pigmeat The EU pork export increase continued to be driven by China
“Most other Asian markets also took more EU pork this January, with South Korea the only significant exception,” said AHDB Pork. “This indicates that demand remains strong, despite the slowdown in economic growth.”
While EU pork clearly remains competitive, this benefit has come at the expense of a 7% fall in unit prices. The 25%-plus rise in January’s volume, for example, came with a somewhat less impressive 17% growth in value.
“Maintaining good export performance will be vital in supporting EU pig prices, given that internal consumer demand remains subdued,” said AHDB Pork, adding that increased export competition could also be expected from both north and south America. ■