The summer holiday season continued to bite this week, with both the Danes and Dutch reporting all things quiet on the bacon front.
For the Danes, low supply maintained a balance with the numbers of factory workers taking holidays at this time of year.
Meanwhile, the Dutch complained that low pig kill meant high raw material prices and short supply, with factories running at some 25-30% below capacity.
It was difficult to get the prices needed, said one source in the Dutch camp, particularly with retailers running aggressive price promotions simply to force through volume sales.