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Stocks of frozen and chilled meats, October 1, 2019

Released: 2019-11-14

Stocks of frozen and chilled meats in cold storage totalled 115 255 tonnes as of October 1, down from July 1, 2019 (120 665 tonnes).

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

Compared with October 1, 2018, stocks of frozen pork meats were up 11.9%, while stocks of frozen beef meats were down 2.1%, as of October 1, 2019. Increased hog slaughter in the third quarter (July to September) of 2019 and higher pork imports in the first three quarters of 2019 may have contributed to the increase in pork stocks.

Stocks of frozen pork meats continued to account for the largest amount of frozen and chilled meat available in Canada (72 154 tonnes), followed by stocks of frozen beef meats (30 610 tonnes).

Quebec continued to hold the largest portion of stocks of frozen pork meats, with 53.4% as of October 1, 2019, followed by Alberta (15.6%).

Chart 2  Chart 2: Quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled pork meats
Quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled pork 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 includes the holdings of imported meat at the national level for the same periods.

The data for July 1, 2019 on stocks of frozen and chilled meats, domestic and imported, have been revised with this release.

Contact information

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