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Stocks of frozen and chilled meats, April 1, 2019

Released: 2019-05-16

Stocks of frozen and chilled meats in cold storage totalled 125 526 tonnes as of April 1, up 2.0% from January 1.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Canadian quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled meats
Canadian quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled meats

Compared with January 1, 2019, the April 1 stocks of frozen pork meats were up 3.8%. Increased hog slaughter in March and higher pork imports in the first three months of 2019 may have contributed to this increase. Stocks of frozen beef meats were down 7.0% as of April 1.

Stocks of frozen pork meats continued to account for the largest amount of frozen and chilled meat available in Canada (71 619 tonnes), followed by stocks of frozen beef meats (37 910 tonnes).

As of April 1, 2019, Ontario held the largest portion of total beef stocks (56.4%), while Quebec held the largest portion of stocks of frozen pork meats (53.2%).

Chart 2  Chart 2: Quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled beef meats
Quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled beef meats

  Note to readers

This release contains data on stock holdings for various cuts of pork, beef, veal, mutton and lamb, and fancy meats at the national level, as well as total red meats at the regional level. This release also contains the holdings of imported meat at the national level for the same periods.

Data on stocks of frozen and chilled meats, domestic and imported, have been revised in January 1, 2019.

Contact information

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