of the week 19-25 April 2021

Posted on Apr 26 ,15:06



  • BOLIVIA: Ban beef exports amid supply fears, rising prices

Bolivia has temporarily banned exports of beef in order to guarantee supply for its domestic market and to prevent prices from rising, according to Reuters. The rise in the price of beef, considered a staple for Bolivian families, has generated tension in recent days between wholesalers and retailers and has led union leaders to warn that it could lead to strikes and markets closures.
Bolivia has the capacity to export about 8,000 tonnes of beef, mainly to other markets around the Andean region and increasingly in recent years to China, government data show.


  • BRAZIL: Meatpackers explore wheat as feed alternative as corn prices rise

Large Brazilian meatpackers are turning to wheat as they try to fend off a rise in the cost of corn, the main livestock feed ingredient, meat lobby ABPA said. Meatpacking giants JBS and BRF have said they will buy winter crops such as wheat, triticale and barley to use as livestock feed.
High prices and delays in Brazil’s second corn crop have pressured meatpackers’ margins, leading some companies to turn to Paraguay and Argentina for supplies.


  • CHINA: Hong Kong suspends import of poultry products from bird flu-affected areas in Poland, Vietnam

Hong Kong's food safety authority decided to suspend the import of poultry meat and products from bird flu-affected areas in Poland and Vietnam.
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said that this was in view of notifications from the General Veterinary Inspectorate of Poland about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Kępiński District and Ostrowski District of Wielkopolskie Region, Elbląski District of Warmińsko-mazurskie Region, Sierpecki District of Mazowieckie Region and Malborski District of Pomorskie Region in Poland.
Another notification was from the World Organization for Animal Health about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza in Thái Nguyên Province, Hà Giang Province, Yên Bái Province, Hải Dương Province, Lạng Sơn Province, Hà Tĩnh Province and Đắk Lắk Province in Vietnam.


  • CHINA: ASF continues to affect the pork industry across Asia

In 2021, ASF remains the single most significant factor affecting the meat sector in China across production, imports and consumption, two and a half years after it first entered China in mid-2018.
China has made significant investments in ASF vaccine development, but none have yet reached the stage of commercial development and numerous trial vaccines show mixed results. Vietnam has also been investing in vaccine development and testing.
While China’s pork production recovery began in Q4 2020, it is expected to take several years due to the extensive loss of pig numbers. Current forecasts suggest that China pork production could range between 45–55 million tonnes carcase weight equivalent (cwe) by 2025, likely still down on pre-ASF production levels at a five-year average around 55 million tonnes cwe (GIRA).


  • EU:Copa Cogeca responds to Greenpeace latest report

Italian friends, stop promoting your salamis and other parmesan. French colleagues, take no pride in being the country with 365 different cheeses. Austrian pals, hide your schnitzel. Spanish fellows, put away those dry-cured hams that made your reputation. This was my first reaction reading the new Greenpeace self-proclaimed ‘study’ on the promotion of European agricultural products by the European Union.
The ‘study’, which lacks robust methodology and academic credibility, will join the series of reports of the same kind that attempt to give the impression of a factual consensus on the topic. This approach is sadly damaging to the European public debate as it feeds a kind of populism against the work put in place by the Commission and EU farmers to constantly improve the sustainability of EU agriculture.
Jerzy Wierzbicki - Chairman of Copa-Cogeca


  • EU:Pork exports continue to grow

European Union (EU) pork exports reached record highs last year and the export boom will continue in early 2021. Business in China continues to have the highest priority compared to other sales countries, while the Philippines are ranked second among the most important EU customers for the first time.
According to preliminary information from the EU Commission, the 27 member states sold a total of 1.02 million to of pork, including meat by-products, to third countries in January and February; that was around 210,000 to or a good quarter more than in the same period of the previous year. The increase in EU export volumes was mainly due to the booming pork deliveries to China. Compared to the first two months of 2020, these increased by 134,000 to or 27.4% to 622,000 to. Business in China thus accounted for a good 60% of all EU exports. The relatively strongest increase in exports of EU pork sales to third countries was with deliveries to the Philippines, with an increase of 133% to 56,000 to.


  • NETHERLANDS: Drastic decrese in slaaughter pigs export

In the first three months of 2021, the Netherlands exported 190,322 pigs for slaughter, that being a decrease of 142,000 animals. In the same period last year there were exported 332,201 pigs. This is a consequence of the limited export to Germany. Exports here fell sharply as a result of the corona-related reduced slaughtering in German slaughterhouses and the effects of the ASF outbreaks in wild boars in eastern Germany.
In the first three months of the current year, 223,541 more slaughter pigs were hooked in the Netherlands than a year ago. On the one hand, this is the result of lower exports and, on the other hand, the year 2021 began with a pig congestion. In the past few weeks, the supply of slaughter pigs in the Netherlands has been stable at a level that is higher than in the previous year.


  • USA: Live e-Commerce effort promotes U.S. red meat in South Korea

Recognizing strong growth in South Korea’s e-commerce sector, USMEF recently conducted several e-commerce events encouraging Korean consumers to purchase U.S. red meat online.
One of the activities represented a relatively new approach to e-commerce in the country – live merchandising through an online platform.
“More and more Korean retailers are investing aggressively in e-commerce platforms and one of the notable trends is that platforms are merchandising products through live videos,” said Jihae Yang, USMEF director in South Korea. “They are producing ‘merchandising video clips’ with a celebrity chef or Youtuber, or they create production areas, characterizing farms or ranches, to highlight the freshness of foods they are promoting.”


  • USA: Tyson Foods to Expand Arkansas Poultry Operation

Tyson Foods will invest $48 million as part of its commitment to accelerate the long-term growth of its poultry business and continued success of its Pine Bluff, Arkansas, poultry plant, company officials said in a press release. Nearly 70 jobs will be created by the project, which is expected to be complete by late 2021. The project will increase capacity to the plant’s fully cooked processing lines that in part produces chicken tenders, chicken strips, boneless and bone-in wings and air-fried products. The investment will also add automated processes to product packing lines.

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