July 20, 2011
Rabobank Report: Higher Prices, Slowing Demand in Beef Markets a Growing Concern; Processing Consolidation Expected to Ramp Up
NEW YORK, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beef prices around the world will steady in the midterm, though a further significant price increase could trigger substitution with other meats, according to Rabobank's Q2 2011 Beef Quarterly Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) report. Additional highlights of the report, released today, include:
- Tight cattle supplies carrying higher prices globally
- Beef trade shaken by tsunami and earthquake in Japan
- US to become net beef exporter, as exports boom and imports tighten on weaker US dollar
- Softening demand in the EU and US a concern
- Macro policy tightening slowing demand growth in emerging markets
- Beef processing consolidation expected to ramp up
Furthermore, the report details:
Tight cattle supplies carrying prices higher globally
Finished cattle availability is still tight throughout the world, due to cattle herd rebuilding in many producing countries after years of cow liquidation and sustained unprofitability in grain-fed markets.
Beef trade shaken by tsunami and earthquake in Japan
Natural disasters adversely affected Japanese beef market, drastically reducing local production due to livestock losses and disruption to markets; however, demand was less severely impacted than production.
US to become net beef exporter as exports boom and imports tighten on weaker US dollar
The US became a net exporter of beef this year due to a lower US dollar, robust global demand driven by supply challenges in Japan and Korea, and contracting imports.
Softening demand in the EU and US a concern
Concerns are renewed among Euro regions regarding fiscal difficulties in Greece, and the resultant dampening consumer confidence; meanwhile, higher gas prices and reduced growth are hampering US demand prospects, as well as an increase in unemployment and fears of a double dip in the US housing market.
Macro policy tightening slowing demand growth in emerging markets
Authorities in both Brazil and China have actively intervened to slow their overheating economies and dampen the impending threat of inflation.
Beef processing consolidation expected to ramp up
The decline in global beef cattle inventories vs. processing capacity will likely lead to a renewed wave of industry consolidation and rationalization in primary beef processing.
Global beef reports involving various countries, including: Brazil, the US, the EU, Australia, Argentina, China, Uruguay, South Korea, and Japan.
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