Pork sales volumes hold steady but not prices

Retail pork sales were largely static over the 12 weeks to July 17, in volume terms, but fell 10% below 2015 levels on price, according to AHDB Pork.

Based on the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, volume sales for the 12 weeks were down just 0.8% compared with a year earlier, although that was despite the average price falling by over 9%.

“This resulted in the overall pork spend falling by 10% on the same period a year earlier,” said AHDB Pork.

“Leg roasting joints were the only cut to record significant volume sales growth, up 12% on the year earlier. However, with the average unit price down over 14%, this growth was largely at the expense of price.

“Volume sales of chops/steaks largely stood on, however, with a 0.4% increase. All other cuts recorded a decrease in volume sales, albeit at a slightly slower rate than the preceding 12-week period.”

The final four weeks of the reporting period, however, was “marginally more positive” with pork sales only back 0.1% on the same period a year earlier.

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