EU Commission forecasts strong pork export growth in 2020

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By Felicity Rusk

The EU Commission has recently published the summer edition of its short-term outlook for agricultural markets. This is an outlook for the EU-27 and so excludes the UK.

The Commission believes that EU pig meat production will show slight growth in 2020, in the region of 0.5%.  This rise in production is expected to be supported by strong prices encouraging expansion and the return of domestic demand, particularly within the foodservice sector. Furthermore, prospects of strong export demand, predominantly to China, remains a key driver of the European market. EU consumption of pig meat is expected to fall below 30kg per capita in 2020, due to reduced consumption during quarantine periods, particularly for the foodservice sector.

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