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Stocks of frozen and chilled meats, January 1, 2020

Released: 2020-02-13

Stocks of frozen and chilled meats in cold storage totalled 128 801 tonnes as of January 1, 2020, up 9.8% from October 1, 2019. Stocks of frozen pork meats continued to account for the largest amount of frozen and chilled meat available in Canada (79 870 tonnes), followed by stocks of frozen beef meats (32 311 tonnes).

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, stocks of frozen pork meats were up 15.7%, while stocks of frozen beef meats were down 20.7%. Increased hog slaughter and higher pork imports in 2019 may have contributed to the increase in pork stocks on January 1, 2020. Year over year, there was a 46.2% decrease in boneless beef imports that may have contributed to the decrease in stocks of frozen beef meats.

Quebec continued to hold the largest portion of stocks of frozen pork meats, with 54.2% as of January 1, 2020, followed by Alberta (15.3%).

Chart 2  Chart 2: Quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled meats by province
Quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled meats by province

  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 October 1, 2019, on stocks of frozen and chilled meats, domestic and imported, have been revised with this release.

The Agriculture and food statistics portal, accessible from the Subjects module of our website, provides users a single point of access to a wide variety of information related to agriculture and food.

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