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UK Pork Imports Fall

by 5m Editor
24 December 2009, at 6:16am

UK - Pork imports this year have shown a big drop, mostly due to the weakness of the UK pound against the Euro but Denmark return to the top exporter of pig meat to the UK.

For October, total pork imports were at 24,400 tonnes, more than 20 per cent lower than a year earlier and the lowest monthly total for seven years.

Total pork imports in January-October amounted to 298,000 tonnes, 12 per cent lower than a year earlier.

Imports from the Netherlands (41,000 tonnes) were up 18 per cent but there was a 36 per cent decline in shipments from Denmark (84,000 tonnes). The decline in the proportion of pork coming from Denmark is likely to be in part associated with its increasing live export trade with large numbers going across the border into Germany for slaughter.

Exchange rate fluctuations have not affected bacon trade in the same way as pork. Consumer demand for bacon has been relatively strong, especially in the first half of the year.

In the first 10 months of 2009, bacon imports totalled 247,000 tonnes, three per cent higher than in 2008. Imports from the Netherlands (94,000 tonnes) were 12 per cent lower but there was a 12 per cent increase in supplies from Denmark (106,000 tonnes).

Consequently, Denmark has regained its position as the number one supplier to the UK market.