March butter, pork, chicken and turkey stocks up

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — Frozen stocks of butter, pork, chicken and turkey in warehouses on March 31 were greater than year earlier levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Cold Storage report (click here to read report).

Total butter stocks were 226,430,000 lbs, which was up 8% from last month and up 17% from March 2007. Total natural cheese stocks were 822,871,000 lbs, which was up 3% from last month but down 8% from last year.

Frozen stocks of eggs whites were 2,655,000 lbs, down 10% from last month and down 4% from last year. Frozen egg yolk stocks were 870,000 lbs, down 10% from last month and down 14% from last year. Whole and mixed egg stocks came in at 5,905,000 lbs, down 17% from last month but up 5% from last year.

Total chicken stocks were 789,372,000 lbs, up 4% from last month and up 31% from last year. Total turkey stocks were 430,506,000, up 3% from last month and up 24% from last year. Overall, total frozen poultry supplies were 1,224,075,000 lbs, up 3% from last month and up 28% from last year.

Total red meat supplies were 1,103,897,000 lbs, which was up 5% from last month and 17% from last year. Total frozen beef stocks were 424,068,000, equal to levels last month and down 1% from last year. Total supplies of pork bellies were 98,984,000 lbs, up 25% from last month and up 79% from last year. At 657,106,000 lbs, total pork supplies were up 8% from last month and up 33% from last year.

In other stocks, there were 78,602,000 lbs of frozen apples, up 4% from last month but down 16% from last year. Stocks of frozen orange juice concentrate were 1,053,272,000 lbs, which was up 12% from last month and 28% from last year. Stocks of frozen french fries were 879,681,000 lbs, down 2% from last month and 1% from last year.

Fresh apples in regular and controlled storage totaled 2,408,091,000 lbs on March 31, down 25% from last month but up 4% from last year.

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