May turkey, chicken, pork and beef stocks up

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — Frozen stocks of turkey, chicken, pork and beef in warehouses on May 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 red meat supplies were 1,020,428,000 lbs, down 8% from last month but up 10% from last year, the U.S.D.A. said. Total frozen beef stocks were 427,450,000 lbs, down 1% from last month but up 4% from last year. At 567,556,000 lbs, total pork supplies were down 13% from last month but up 15% from last year. Frozen pork belly stocks were 87,366,000 lbs, down 13% from last month but up 52% from last year.

Total chicken stocks were 754,535,000 lbs, equal to last month and up 23% from last year. Total turkey stocks were 516,401,000 lbs, up 5% from last month and up 30% from last year. Overall, total frozen poultry supplies were 1,273,327,000 lbs, up 2% from last month and up 25% from last year.

Frozen stocks of egg whites were 2,846,000 lbs, up 7% from last month but down 7% from last year. Frozen egg yolk stocks were 925,000 lbs, down 3% from April and down 7% from last year. Whole and mixed egg stocks came in at 5,245,000 lbs, down 24% from last month and down 13% from last year.

Total butter stocks were 263,041,000 lbs, which was up 5% from last month but down 3% from May 2007. Total natural cheese stocks were 887,469,000 lbs, which was up 4% from last month but down 1% from last year.

In other stocks, there were 84,204,000 lbs of frozen apples, down 4% from last month and down 8% from last year. Stocks of frozen orange juice concentrate were 1,442,663,000 lbs, up 19% from last month and up 50% from last year. Stocks of frozen french fries were 846,370,000 lbs, down 6% from April but equal to last year’s level.

Fresh apples in regular and controlled storage totaled 994,126,000 lbs, down 41% from last month and down 7% from last year.

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