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February 21, 2017
 
China Methionine Weekly: Bird flu outbreak curtails poultry feed sales, weakens methionine market (week ended Feb 20, 2017)
 
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Price summary
 
Prices moved lower.
                      
Price quotes of imported dl-methionine slid to the range of RMB23-24/kg, lower by RMB0.50-1.50/kg.
 
For liquid methionine*, price quotes were mainly around RMB21/kg.
 

Weekly prices of dl-methionine in China

Area

Jan 28 - Feb 13
(RMB/kg)

Feb 14 - Feb 20
(RMB/kg)

Price change
(RMB/kg)

Guangzhou

25.00

24.00

-1.00

Chengdu

25.00

24.00

-1.00

Jinan

23.50

23.00

-0.50

Nanjing

24.50

23.50

-1.00

Shijiazhuang

24.50

23.00

-1.50

Zhengzhou

23.50

23.00

-0.50

Shenyang

24.70

23.50

-1.20

Beijing

24.50

23.00

-1.50

 

Weekly transacted prices of liquid methionine* in China

Area

Jan 28 - Feb 13
(RMB/kg)

Feb 14 - Feb 20
(RMB/kg)

Price change
(RMB/kg)

North

21.00

21.00

0.00

Central

21.00

21.00

0.00

South

21.00

21.00

0.00

Prices refer to delivered-to-feedmill prices, and are for reference only.
RMB1=US$0.1453 (Feb 21) 

                                 
*Commonly referred to in China as liquid methionine is methionine hydroxyl analogue, a liquid source of supplemental methionine.
 
 
Market analysis
 
Methionine market remained under pressure as poultry feed producers cut purchases while the bird flu epidemic continued to trouble the poultry sector. Sellers negotiated readily in a bid to clear piling inventories.
 
In Europe, prices of methionine for 2017 Q2 deliveries were in the range of EUR2.45-2.50/kg.
 
 
Market forecast
 
This year's bird flu outbreak in China is much more severe than previous years, with 192 human infection and 79 death cases in January alone. This will slow down the recovery of post-Chinese New Year feed demand, decimating the sales of methionine as a result. Methionine prices are therefore expected to weaken further in the coming weeks.
 


 
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