Getting a better price is the driving factor for importers on the bacon markets this week.
With crippling currency problems continuing, both the Dutch and the Danes are under increasing pressure to boost prices. One Danish importer said, with contracts set to be fixed for next month: "We've got to get more money into the product. Even though the market doesn't warrant it, the currency is demanding it."
Meanwhile, trade was described as flat following the bank holiday weekend.
Dutch traders said the "never-ending pressure" to get prices up was not being helped by oversupply and a great deal of retail promotion. However, Dutch holidays last week, with a further holiday on the horizon, will have an impact on slaughtering, and some traders are expecting a slight price rise.
Meanwhile British product remains extremely short and prices very high. One trader said: "If you want British, you have to pay a big premium."

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