Farmgate price falls move producers’ share of retail prices lower again

Producers received a 36% share of the final retail price of pork in February, a return which was 6% down on the year, according to BPEX.

“The most recent drop is due to the continued fall in farmgate prices for finished pigs, as retail prices have remained broadly stable for the last quarter,” said BPEX, adding that the February performance was a continuation of a downwards trend which started in October last year.

Of the most popular cuts, traditional pork sausages were discounted the most  by retailers in February, with prices being around 2% down on the month, according to the latest AHDB price survey.

Other items were less dramatically affected, although a year-on-year comparison shows all cuts are now cheaper than in 2014, with the exception of loin chops. Sausages and boneless leg joints have suffered the biggest price differential, falling by 11% and 9% respectively on the year.

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