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AMI Releases 26th Annual Statistical Publication: Meat and Poultry Facts 1997

Wednesday, November 12, 1997

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.

For 26 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 1996.

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.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory and public relations services, conducts scientific and economic research, offers marketing and technical assistance and sponsors education programs.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
James Ratchford
Manager, Public Affairs

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