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Poultry Sales Increase 15 per cent

By Canadian Poultry   

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May 28, 2009, Ottawa – Canadian retail sales of poultry and eggs continued to surge in 2008 according to a report from Statistics Canada.

The value of all poultry products increased 13.1 per cent from 2007 to $3.2 billion in  2008. Sales of poultry meat, including turkey, increased 15.0 per cent to $2.4 billion. The value of egg sales increased 7.9 per cent from 2007 to $823.0 million.

To meet the increased demand poultry farmers produced 1.2 million metric tonnes of poultry meat in 2008. Chicken accounted for 85 per cent of all poultry meat produced, up 1.2 per cent from 2007. Turkey production stood at
180 000 metric tonnes in 2008, up 6.5 per cent from the previous year.


Meanwhile egg production reached 579.9 million dozen, up 0.4 per cent from 2007. Ontario and Quebec produced over half of the eggs in Canada with Ontario accounting for 227.8 million dozen eggs and Quebec 100.5 million dozen.

Statistics Canada also reported placements of hatchery chicks on farms totaled 58.0 million birds in April of this year, down 1.1 per cent from the same month in 2008. Placements of turkey poults on farms decreased 8.0 per cent to 1.9 million birds.

More information can be found in the poultry_and_egg_statistics report from Statistics Canada.

Changing Food Trends

Statistics Canada also reported on changing Canadian food trends. In 2008, the Canadian diet included more tea, yogurts, breakfast cereals, berries, processed fruits, asparagus, poultry meat and wine, but less oils, red meats and soft drinks. The total daily intake of calories per person fell to 2,382 calories, down 131 calories from the peak recorded in 2001.
This information and more can be found in: Poultry and Egg Statistics and Food Statistics 2008, two reports from Statistics Canada.

More information is available in the canadian_food_trends report. 

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