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Source: Danish Agriculture & Food Council

Rise in exports of Danish pork

Denmark is beating its own record for pork exports. Germany, in particular, continues to be an important and growing market. At the same time, overall food exports are increasing, reflecting a widespread demand for quality products from Denmark.

Denmark is seeing growth in pork exports. From 2016 to 2017, exports of pork and living pigs rose by DKK 1,681 million, a rise of 5.5%.

Germany is Denmark’s most important export destination for pork, importing products worth around DKK 7,800 million in 2017. This represents a rise of more than DKK 1,000 million compared to 2016. Measured in tonnes, Germany accounts for 29.1% of Danish exports of pork and living pigs. After Germany, the biggest importers are Poland (15.8%) and China (12.8%).

In general, the majority of Danish pork is exported to the EU, which accounted for 71.9% of imports in 2017, but as can be seen from the chart above, there is also a large market outside Europe.

Food exports were unprecedently high in 2017
The increase in exports is not only limited to pork. Denmark’s food sector exported products to the value of DKK 166.4 billion last year. This is a new record, exceeding the previous record by DKK 9 billion and corresponds to growth of 6 per cent. Out of the food sector’s 200 plus export destinations, two out of three countries saw growth between 2016 and 2017.

Many product groups have contributed to these results. Good prices were achieved for a number of products in 2017, including pork, dairy products, beef and poultry.

At DKK 32 billion, pork exports accounted for the largest export category within the food sector in 2017.

Widespread success rooted in quality
Danish food products are exported across the world. The sector is well positioned in emerging markets where Asia is the engine for growth. Food exports to key growth markets in East and South-East Asia (including countries such as China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan etc.) accounted for 43% of total Danish exports in 2017. In all probability, a substantial part of future export growth will come from here. The EU, however, remains the main sales market with total exports of DKK 101 billion (61%).

"Growth is not down to the fact that one single product or sales market has performed well during the year. The record is more broadly based. It reflects a widespread demand for Danish quality, which is something we should be proud of,” says Frank Øland, Chief Economist, Danish Agriculture and Food Council.

Denmark’s nearest neighbour, Germany, remains the biggest sales market followed by Sweden and China (including Hong Kong).