Recession Boosts Meat Departments

Retailers are in a good position for meat department promotions as the grilling season approaches. According to recent reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, falling animal feed prices, rising cold-storage inventories, lower prices for pork and poultry, and declining demand from the restaurant industry for steaks and other high-quality cuts all helped push beef wholesale prices to

CHICAGO — Retailers are in a good position for meat department promotions as the grilling season approaches. According to recent reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, falling animal feed prices, rising cold-storage inventories, lower prices for pork and poultry, and declining demand from the restaurant industry for steaks and other high-quality cuts all helped push beef wholesale prices to 2½-year lows last month.

“Increased job losses and other aspects of current do

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