Frozen poultry down 24% from 2006, red meat off 2%

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — Total frozen poultry supplies on April 30 were 969 million lbs, down 24% from a year ago, while total red meet in freezers was 957 million lbs, down 2%, the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

In its May 21 Cold Storage report (click here to read report), the U.S.D.A. said supplies of red meat and poultry both were up 2% from a month earlier. Total frozen chicken stocks were 607 million lbs, down 28% from a year ago. Turkey stocks were 356 million lbs, down 16% from April 30, 2006. Supplies of frozen beef totaled 412 million lbs, down 7% from a year ago. Frozen pork stocks were 522 million lbs, even with a year ago. Stocks of frozen pork bellies were 62 million lbs, down 1% from a year ago.

Stocks of frozen eggs totaled 14 million lbs, down 38% from April 30, 2006, and down 2% from March. Frozen white stocks were down 8%, yolks down 34%, and whole and mixed down 61%.

Butter stocks on April 30 totaled 246 million lbs, up 8% from a year ago and up 27% from the end of March. Total frozen cheese stocks were 881 million lbs, up 6% from last year and 1% from March.

Stocks of frozen concentrated orange juice were 901 million lbs, down 17% from a year ago but up 9% from a month earlier. Total frozen stocks of fruit were 872 million lbs, up 23% from a year earlier and up 3% from the previous month.

Stocks of fresh apples in temperature controlled warehouses totaled 1,655 million lbs, down 5% from a year ago.

Frozen french fry stocks were 871 million lbs, down 6% from a year ago and down 2% from March. Total frozen vegetable stocks (excluding potatoes) were 1,341 million lbs, down 14% from April 30, 2006, and down 12% from March.

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