Poultry supplies in cold storage on Nov. 30 dropped 18 percent from October but edged higher by 1 percent from a year ago, according to NASS. Total stocks of chicken climbed 2 percent from the previous month and increased 7 percent from last year, while total pounds of turkey in freezers fell 50 percent from October and declined 14 percent from Nov. 30.
Supplies of red meat in freezers slipped 2 percent from the previous October and eased 1 percent compared to 2012, NASS reported. Total pounds of beef in freezers were 1 percent over the October total, while frozen pork supplies declined 3 percent compared to October and eased 2 percent compared to last year. Stocks of pork bellies jumped 81 percent compared to October and soared 103 percent from last year's total.