GB pig prices: minor movement in April despite weaker demand

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

For the week ending 04 May the EU spec SPP stood at 210.77p/kg, slipping 0.20p on the previous week. The SPP has eased 0.62p from the end of March with weekly movements varied in size. Larger declines were reported at the beginning of the month followed by an uplift in the week ending 20 April, however this was not enough to change the overall trend for April.

Although the SPP now sits just below the 211p mark, prices have been relatively steady for the last 3 months, a trend we have not seen since late 2022 when the SPP sat at the 200p mark for 11 weeks.

The EU spec APP stood at 211.29p/kg in the week ending 27 April, gaining a marginal 0.14p since the end of March. Although the APP sees more volatile weekly movements, overall, the price series has seen little change since the start of the year, easing by 1.30p.

Both price series sit behind figures quoted a year ago by 8.76p for the SPP and 8.15p for the APP.

line graph tracking the weekly changes in the SPP and APP

Market commentary suggests that although pig supplies are running tight, with reduced throughputs, the market is balanced due to lower demand. This dynamic will likely maintain prices in the short term.

The latest retail data from Kantar shows total purchased pig meat volumes fell 2.1% year on year in the 12 weeks ending 14 April. The primary pork category recorded a minor change, down 0.2% year on year with promotions and easter driving up consumer purchases of roasting joints and ribs, however these gains were outweighed by losses in other products within the category. Processed pork saw a larger decline, with volumes down 2.5% year on year, however like primary, some individual products did perform well such as burgers and grills.

With the potential of some better weather ahead and May delivering a double bank holiday there remains some hope that seasonal demand for BBQ products may pick up in the coming weeks.


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Freya Shuttleworth

Senior Analyst (Livestock)

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