Earlier this week, the International Trade Administration Commission asked for additional provisional duty payments from Brazilian poultry producers to protect the local industry – although its findings into claims of dumping had not been finalised.
From an overall meat demand perspective, the world market is a major driver and a key reason why the US has been trading at extended price levels the past few years, according to Rich Nelson, Allendale director of research, at the Allendale Ag Leaders Outlook Conference recently.
In 2011, the IMF lowered the GDP numbers a little bit but the US is expected to see average growth – in the one– to two– per cent range for 2012, he said.
Noting USDA numbers, Mr Nelson said chicken output will be down four per cent this year.
He explained: “The chicken industry has done a poor job of planning expansion and contraction the past four years. Right now, their shareholders are incredibly angry. They started expanding right in the face of the 2011 grain price rally; they didn’t have their grain hedged. They also expanded in front of the 2008 grain price rally. This recent mistake has kind of crippled the chicken industry for 2012.”
The trend was confirmed in USDA's latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. Broiler meat production in 2011 was up from the previous year. The outlook for 2012 is for decreases in production during the first three quarters, with rising production in the fourth quarter.
The estimate for 2012 broiler meat production was reduced from the previous month, down three per cent from the previous year. Most of the reduction is the result of lower expectations for broiler weights.
A top Brazilian company has been in the news this week. Brasil Foods (BRF) has announced it will bring its poultry meat subsidiary, Sadia AS, into the parent company by the end of this year. It is also establishing a joint venture with Dah Chong Hong Limited of China. BRF's stated aims are to gain access to the Chinese distribution market, engage in local processing, develop the Sadia brand in China, and reach retail and food service channels in continental China, Hong Kong and Macau.
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