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Stocks of frozen and chilled meats, April 1, 2020

Released: 2020-06-11

Stocks of frozen and chilled meats data for the second quarter were collected during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 on stocks of frozen and chilled meats will become clearer in subsequent releases.

Stocks of frozen and chilled meats in cold storage totalled 125 028 tonnes as of April 1, 2020, down 3.0% from January 1, 2020. Stocks of frozen pork meats continued to account for the largest amount of frozen and chilled meat available in Canada (74 452 tonnes), followed by stocks of frozen beef meats (37 638 tonnes).

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

Compared with April 1, 2019, stocks of frozen pork meats were up 3.4%, while stocks of frozen beef meats were relatively stable (-0.7%) year over year.

Quebec continued to hold the largest portion of stocks of frozen pork meats, with 55.1% as of April 1, 2020, followed by Manitoba (14.2%). Ontario held the largest portion of stocks of frozen beef meats, with 52.6% as of April 1, 2020, followed by Alberta (28.3%).

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

Chart 3  Chart 3: Quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled beef meats, by province
Quarterly stocks of frozen and chilled beef 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 January 1, 2020, 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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