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TURKEY

BONELESS SKINLESS TURKEY BREASTS

The turkey breast market was flat as demand will not return until later in the year

FOR INFORMATION ON THE BIRD FLU, PLEASE REFER TO

US FOODS ® "YOU NEED TO KNOW" - AVIAN INFLUENZA UPDATES.

WHOLE FROZEN TURKEY

Whole turkeys should remain flat to slightly up for the next three to four months.

POULTRY

AVIAN INFLUENZA (AI) UPDATE:

Customers should remember that although there has not been any recent news of Avian

Influenza outbreaks, the supply pipeline is still recovering from last year’s extreme effect.

Barring any further setbacks, the earliest can we expect to see a return to normalcy in

supply would be at the end of August.

As a reminder, this issue is not a food safety issue. There have been no human infections

associated with avian influenza viruses of this particular subtype (i.e., H7N8). If there is

any further concern, customers should know that the proper handling and cooking of

poultry and eggs is to cook to an internal temperature of 165°F – which kills bacteria and

viruses, including Avian Influenza. (Updated March 11, 2016)

CHICKEN

The National Chicken Council released new findings indicating that U.S. chicken

consumption remains high, showing that 2016 levels have exceeded those levels for

2014 and 2015. According to new research in the two weeks leading up to the survey,

87% of consumers ate a chicken meal or snack purchased from a supermarket and 72%

ate a chicken meal or snack from a foodservice establishment. Supermarket numbers

increased 2.4% and are now at parity with those seen in 2015, while foodservice

establishment consumption shows a 7.5% increase from 2015.

Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Up 1 Percent

Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 217 million eggs in incubators during

the week ending August 6, 2016, up 1 percent from a year ago. Hatcheries in the 19

State weekly program set 209 million eggs in incubators during the week ending August

6, 2016, up 1 percent from the year earlier. Average hatchability for chicks hatched

during the week in the United States was 84 percent. Average hatchability is calculated

by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler-Type Chicks Placed in the United States Down Slightly

Broiler growers in the United States weekly program placed 179 million chicks for meat

production during the week ending August 6, 2016, up 1 percent from a year ago. Broiler

growers in the 19 State weekly program placed 172 million chicks for meat production

during the week ending August 6, 2016, up 1 percent from the year earlier. Cumulative

placements from the week ending January 9, 2016, through August 6, 2016, for the

United States were 5.52 billion. Cumulative placements were up 1 percent from the same

period a year earlier.

WHOLE CHICKEN AND CUT-UP PARTS

The demand for small birds is still extremely strong. Expect this market to continue trending

sideways to slightly up.

BONELESS, SKINLESS BREASTS AND

CHICKEN TENDERLOINS

The entire breast market was up this week as was the tenderloin market. This trend should

continue over the next few weeks. The breast market is being affected by the intense heat

and bird weights.

WINGS

The wing market was up this week as demand has started to pick up even more. Supply

is tight and will get tighter as demand is still exceeding supply. Unfortunately, there are no

extra wings to go into the freezer to cover the shorts during wing season. We will continue

to look for opportunities.

BONELESS, SKINLESS THIGHS

The market was up this week and it looks like there may be a little more upside in the next

couple of weeks due to the labor issues they are experiencing.

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