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Brazil Chicken Exports Down 5.5% In First 5 Months Of 06

by 5m Editor
10 June 2006, at 12:00am

SAO PAULO - Brazil&#39;s total chicken export volume fell 5.5% to 1.04 million metric tons in the first five months of the year because bird flu caused a general decline in chicken consumption in Brazil&#39;s principal export markets, the Brazilian Chicken Exporters Association, or ABEF, said Friday. May chicken exports were 196,473 tons, down 17.8% from May 2005, according to industry data. In the chicken cutlets segment, May shipments were 124,720 tons, down 16.6% from May 2005. Revenue also fell by 24% on the month to $141.8 million as international prices for Brazilian chicken fell on declining demand, Abef said. From January to May, chicken cutlet exports were 646,972 tons, down 2.3% from the same period in 2005. Whole chicken exports for May were 62,254 tons, down 25.3% from May 2005, with revenue down 33% to $53.4 million. From January to May, export volume for whole chicken reached 352,934 tons, down 15.2% in comparison to the same period in 2005. <i>Source: Cattlenetwork.com</i>

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