Wholesale broiler prices in general are expected to be facing “some downward pressure” but this situation may be countered by relatively high prices for competing meats, a growing economy, and a continued strong market for broiler exports, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) explained in its “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report issued yesterday.

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Chicken parts exports in December 2012 were 297,130 metric tons valued at $357.33 million compared with a year earlier when exports were 279,671 tons valued at $326.21 million, a 6.2-percent increase in tonnage and a 9.5-percent gain in dollars.

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Although plans to launch negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and the European Union were announced this week by the White House and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, administration officials reminded interested parties that the U.S. Congress must be officially notified about the intentions to secure a free trade agreement.

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Bill Lovette, National Chicken Council Chairman, has announced the names of those industry representatives who will serve on NCC’s 2013 Poultry Health and Safety & Health Committees.

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Lay’s next potato chip will taste like chicken and waffles, according to the Frito-Lay company. Or, it could taste like cheesy garlic bread or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used in Thai dishes.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending February 16 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 155,265,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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