Argentina Agribusiness Industry Update Quarter 3 2012

  • July 2014
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  • Business Monitor International
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  • 108 pages

Includes 3 FREE quarterly updates

BMI View: Despite our projection for a disappointing 2011/12 grains season owing to unfavourable weather conditions, Argentina will still run a surplus in almost all commodities. One of the main weaknesses of the segment is the country's inconsistent export policy, which leads to recurrent farmers' strikes and distrust from the country's buyers. This also discourages farmers from investing and producing more in the longer term, resulting in reduced yields and crop quality. That said, the segment is likely to have plenty of production incentives in the coming years, and we expect Argentina to remain a key and integrated player in the global agricultural industries.

Key Projections
- Sugar production growth to 2015/16: 37.9% on the 2010/11 level to 2.8mn tonnes. We expect the amount of sugar cane diverted towards ethanol production to increase. The strong increase in sugar cane planted will translate into greater centrifugal production as well.
- Pork production growth to 2015/16: 15.9% to 357,060 tonnes. This will be driven by the government's efforts to reduce the proportion of beef in the local diet in order to free up more for export.
- Soybean consumption growth to 2016: 15.4% to 46.9mn tonnes. Consumption will be boosted by the government's support of biodiesel production and by strong export demand for soybean oil and soybean meal from China. - 2012 real Gross Domestic Product growth: 4.0% (down from 9.3% in 2011; predicted to average around 4% to 2016).
- 2012 consumer price inflation: 21.0% average (from 9.8% average in 2011). Market Developments We have revised down our corn production expectations for 2011/12, as extremely dry conditions and very high temperatures at the end of 2011 have reduced output. The areas most affected are in the country's key corn belt, including Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Cordoba. Tensions are rising again between the government and grains and soy producers in Argentina, as the Buenos Aires province decided a new land tax hike. This could put significant pressure on farmers' profits and limit production incentives in one of the country's largest grains-producing regions. We are projecting steady growth in Argentine poultry production in 2011/12 as consumers turn towards this healthier and increasingly cheaper option. We projection poultry production growth in Argentina to surpass beef and pork output growth in the medium term because of increased investment in the segment in genetic improvement, high-quality feed and sanitation. Furthermore, poultry farmers benefit from easy access to feed grains and do not face export restrictions. Output will also be fuelled by strong demand from the export industry as currency devaluations make Argentina very competitive and avian flu hampers Asian rivals.
The 2011/12 Argentine soybean harvest ended in May, and we expect production to have fallen in yearon- year terms. Argentina will keep its position as the world's third largest soybean exporter and largest exporter of soy oil. However, exports are expected to be low in 2011/12 on the back of lower production.
In 2012, domestic soybean consumption will grow owing to the government's biofuel law, which came into force in 2010 and mandates that all gasoline sold in Argentina must contain at least 5% biodiesel. In the coming years, domestic soybean consumption will be reliant on continued strong demand for soybean products given increasing demand for soybean, especially from China's booming meat market .

Table Of Contents

Executive Summary ....... 5
Industry SWOT Analysis .... 7
Argentina Agriculture Swot 7
Argentina Business Environment SWOT 8
Supply Demand Analysis ........ 9
Argentina Sugar Outlook ........ 9
Data : Argentina Sugar Production and Consumption . 9
Data : Argentina Sugar Production and Consumption ......... 11
Argentina Livestock Outlook . 12
Data : Argentina Poultry Production and Consumption ....... 13
Data : Argentina Pork Production and Consumption . 13
Data : Argentina Beef and Veal Production and Consumption ......... 13
Data : Argentina Poultry Production and Consumption ....... 17
Data : Argentina Pork Production and Consumption . 18
Data : Argentina Beef and Veal Production and Consumption ......... 18
Argentina Dairy Outlook....... 19
Data : Argentina Milk Production and Consumption . 20
Data : Argentina Butter Production and Consumption ......... 20
Data : Argentina Cheese Production and Consumption ....... 20
Data : Argentina Whole Milk Powder Production and Consumption ....... 20
Data : Argentina Milk Production and Consumption . 24
Data : Argentina Butter Production and Consumption ......... 25
Data : Argentina A Cheese Production and Consumption .... 25
Data : Argentina Whole Milk Powder Production and Consumption ....... 25
Argentina Grains Outlook ..... 26
Data : Argentina Wheat Production and Consumption ........ 27
Data : Argentina Corn Production and Consumption 27
Data : Argentina Wheat Production and Consumption ........ 31
Data : Argentina Corn Production and Consumption 32
Argentina Soybean Outlook .. 32
Data : Argentina Soybean Production and Consumption ..... 33
Data : Argentina Soybean Production and Consumption ..... 37
Commodity Price Analysis ... 39
Monthly Softs Update ....... 39
Cocoa: Signs Of Life ........ 40
Coffee: Holding Key Support ..... 42
Palm Oil: Uptrend Intact . 44
Sugar: Watching Brazilian Yields ........ 45
Cotton: Downside Risks ... 47
Data : Select Commodities - Performance and BMI Projections ...... 48
Monthly Grains Update ........ 49
Wheat: Upside Risks Materialising ...... 50
Corn: Moderation In Place ........ 52
Soybean: Looking Weak ... 54
Rice: Temporary Strength 56
Commodity Performance . 56
Upstream Analysis ...... 57
Tractor Growth In The Americas Driven By Brazil And Argentina ... 57
GM Plantings Growth To Slow, Americas To Remain The Largest Exporter ....... 60
Americas Fertiliser Quarterly ......... 64
Downstream Analysis . 66
Food ........ 66
Data : Argentina Food Consumption Indicators -- Historical Data and Projections -- 2009-2006 .... 68
Data : Confectionery Value/Volume Sales -- Historical Data and Projections -- 2009-2006 .... 69
Prepared Food .. 70
Oils and Fats .. 70
Data : Argentina Oils And Fats -- Historical Data and Projections -- 2009-2006 70
Dairy .. 71
Data : Argentina Dairy -- Historical Data and Projections -- 2009-2006... 71
Drink .. 73
Data : Argentina Coffee -- Historical Data and Projections -- 2009-2006 . 73
Data : Argentina Tea -- Historical Data and Projections -- 2009-2006 ...... 74
Data : Argentina Alcoholic Drinks -- Historical Data and Projections -- 2009-2006 ..... 75
Soft Drinks ... 76
Data : Argentina Carbonated Soft Drinks -- Historical Data and Projections -- 2009-2006 .... 77
Mass Grocery Retail ... 78
Data : Argentina Mass Grocery Retail -- Value Sales by Format -- Historical Data and Projections -- from 2009 to 2016 ......... 78
Data : Argentina Sales Breakdown by Retail Format Type -- 2010 And 2020 . 79
Data : Argentina Food and Drink Trade Balance -- Historical Data and Projections -- from 2009 to 2016 ..... 79
Country Snapshot: Argentina Demographic Data ..... 80
Data : Argentina's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000). 81
Data : Argentina's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total) .. 82
Data : Argentina's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020 ...... 83
Data : Argentina's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020 ...... 83
BMI Projection Modelling ........ 84
How We Generate Our Market Projections ......... 84

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