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EU broiler production, consumption forecast to rebound

by 5m Editor
31 August 2006, at 1:45pm

EU - EU broiler production in 2006 is forecast to be four per cent lower than last year due to the outbreaks of avian influenza (AI), but looks set to rebound in 2007, according to a new report.

Production is down from the record achieved last year. However reduced demand is also affecting the industry. So far the EU has built up commercial stocks amounting some 300,000 metric tonnes at April 2006, as a result of lower demand due to consumer fears about AI.

Consumption is forecast to decrease by 1.3 per cent overall in 2006, but regional differences are large between the south and the north of Europe, according to a report by the US Department of Agriculture's GAIN analysis unit.

In Greece and Italy, temporary consumption decreases of 90 and 70 per cent respectively were reported. In contrast consumption in the UK and some of the new member states increased, benefiting from depressed prices for the meat.

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Source: Food Production Daily

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