Total animal protein consumption in 1996 climbed to 224 pounds per person, up from 221.6 pounds per person in 1995, according to the American Meat Institute’s (AMI) Meat and Poultry Facts 1997, the premier statistical publication of the meat and poultry industry. Per capita expenditures on meat and poultry products also grew to $426.05, up from $411.20 in 1995, and accounted for 18.8% of total food expenditures. Total meat and poultry production for 1996 climbed to 75.6 billion pounds, setting a new record in production.
years, AMI’s Meat and Poultry Facts
has provided the most complete collection of
statistical information on the U.S. meat and
poultry industry. This year’s edition
contains more than 50 pages of charts, tables
and graphics highlighting trends in livestock
cycles and prices; livestock and poultry
slaughter and meat production; industry sales
and capital expenditures; employee numbers,
wage levels and worker safety statistics; meat
and poultry prices at different levels of the
marketing chain; per capita consumption of and
consumer spending on meat and poultry; and
foreign trade and foreign markets.
Meat and Poultry Facts 1997 provides
the essential details to accurately identify
trends in the meat and poultry industry.
Analysts can review livestock prices and
populations over the past seven decades, as
well as slaughter and production statistics
cross referenced by species and geographical
location. For example, Nebraska slaughtered
7.3 million head of cattle and generated more
than $4 billion in revenue from cattle sales in
The level of importance
the meat and poultry industry has placed on the
development of foreign markets is demonstrated
with Meat and Poultry Facts 1997's
import and export statistics. The industry hit
a record high $10.1 billion in exports for 1996
and the U.S. became a net exporter of red meats
for the first time in decades. Since 1990, the
volume of red meat exports has doubled while
that for poultry has quadrupled.
“The American Meat Institute hopes Meat
and Poultry Facts 1997 proves useful in
promoting a better understanding of the
changing American meat and poultry industry,”
said J. Patrick Boyle, AMI President and CEO.
Meat and Poultry Facts
1997 was compiled by AMI’s Vice President
of Regulatory and Industry Affairs and Chief
Economist Jens Knutson, and Regulatory Affairs
Assistant Susan Backus, using data gathered
from official U.S. sources, including the U.S.
Departments of Agriculture and Commerce.
Copies of Meat and Poultry
Facts 1997 are available for $24 and can be
obtained by contacting Tammy Svihlik of Watt
Publishing at 815/734-4171. Orders may also be
sent to 122 S. Wesley Avenue, Mt. Morris, IL,
61054, or faxed to 815/734-9091.
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processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey
products and their suppliers throughout North
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AMI Releases 26th Annual Statistical Publication: Meat and Poultry Facts 1997Wednesday, November 12, 1997
For more information contact:
Vice President, Public Affairs
Manager, Public Affairs