Fruit and Veg: Recent updates indicate that the June's warmer climate has been beneficial for the growth of salad crops, brassicas and an expanding selection of soft fruits. However, root vegetables and potatoes require more rainfall to enhance their size and yield. But on the whole, there is cautious contentment among the growers and July is a great month to celebrate and showcase the very best of the UK home-grown produce!
Meat: Despite relying on foreign butchery, UK pig meat production is forecasted to decrease by 15% by year-end, posing economic challenges for domestic processing. In contrast, pork exports haven't seen a product type shift, with bone-in products dominating. In addition, beef prices at abattoirs and auction marts remain very high due to limited supply and robust retail demand. There is also a decline in lamb supply which can be attributed to adverse weather conditions, variable grass growth and higher feed costs, affecting the overall kill pattern for the year.
On a positive note, there have been no significant Avian Flu issues reported in Poland, the EU's largest exporter of chicken to the UK and the egg shortage has significantly improved in recent weeks with a consistent and steady supply available.
Take a look at the price movements and the quality of the products by category below:
Key price movements:
Sources: A David UK, Birtwistles UK, I A Harris, Oliver Kay UK.