Butter, turkey, red meat stocks up from 2011

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WASHINGTON — Butter, turkey, fruit, vegetable and red meat stocks on Feb. 29, 2012, were higher than year-earlier levels, but chicken stocks were lower, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Cold Storage report.

Frozen turkey stocks totaled 350,087,000 lbs, up 18% from January and up 21% from February 2011, the U.S.D.A. said. Total chicken stocks were 599,421,000 lbs, down 1% from January and down 16% from a year ago. Total frozen poultry stocks were 951,830,000 lbs, up 5% from January but down 6% from February 2011.

Natural cheese stocks on Feb. 29 were 987,391,000 lbs, up 1% from January but down 5% from February 2011. Butter stocks totaled 205,315,000 lbs, up 21% from January and up 48% from February 2011.

Frozen red meat supplies were 1,115,938,000 lbs, up 2% from January and up 6% from February 2011. Frozen pork stocks totaled 624,718,000 lbs, up 7% from January and up 9% from February 2011. Frozen pork belly stocks were 61,758,000 lbs, up 15% from January and up 21% from February 2011. Beef stocks in freezers totaled 466,106,000 lbs, down 4% from January but up 1% from February 2011.

Total frozen egg stocks on Feb. 29 were 36,273,000 lbs, down 3% from January but up 29% from February 2011. Stocks of egg whites were 4,044,000 lbs, down 3% from January but up 22% from February 2011. Frozen egg yolk stocks were 2,365,000 lbs, up 9% from January and up 10% from February 2011. Whole and mixed egg stocks were 10,657,000 lbs, down 6% from January but up 47% from February 2011. Unclassified egg stocks were 19,207,000 lbs, down 3% from January but up 25% from February 2011.

Stocks of frozen orange juice concentrate on Feb. 29, 2012, were 788,364,000 lbs, up 11% from January but down 9% from February 2011. Stocks of all types of frozen fruit on Feb. 29 were 986,942,000 lbs, down 9% from January but up 4% from February 2011.

Stocks of frozen french fries were 857,149,000 lbs, up 3% from January but down 4% from February 2011. Total frozen vegetable stocks (excluding potatoes) on Feb. 29 were 1,938,682,000 lbs, down 9% from January but up slightly from 1,934,877,000 lbs in February 2011, the U.S.D.A. said.

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