MEAT OUTPUT CONTINUES CLIMB, WHOLESALE PRICES TO DECLINE

Retailers can expect to see competitive wholesale prices on beef, pork and chicken throughout the second quarter and beyond as record production of livestock and poultry continues."We expect total meat supplies this year to reach record levels on a per capita basis," said a meat industry analyst who asked not to be named.According to various industry sources, beef production is expected to increase

Retailers can expect to see competitive wholesale prices on beef, pork and chicken throughout the second quarter and beyond as record production of livestock and poultry continues.

"We expect total meat supplies this year to reach record levels on a per capita basis," said a meat industry analyst who asked not to be named.

According to various industry sources, beef production is expected to increase 2% over last year, pork about 3% to 4% and chicken by about 6%.

"With

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