The first Vietnamese branch of McDonald’s served 22,500 customers in the first 24 hours of operation, said Henry Nguygen, whose company operates McDonald’s’ in Vietnam under a franchise agreement.

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Broiler production this year is now forecast at 38.286 billion pounds, 173 million pounds less than last month’s forecast and 2.3 percent above the 37.425 billion pounds produced in 2013, according to USDA’s “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate” (WASDE) report issued this week.

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Chicken exports in January 2014 gained 14.4 percent in quantity and also rose 6.1 percent in value over a year earlier.

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The 2014 broiler imports forecast for China was reduced by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to 235,000 metric tons, a 13-percent decrease from the department’s official figure of 270,000 tons, according to a USDA Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from Beijing.

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The forecast from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) for Russian broiler imports for 2014 remains at 530,000 metric tons, which is unchanged from FAS’ revised 2013 estimate, according to the agency’s Global Agricultureal Information Network (GAIN) report  from Moscow.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending March 15 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 154,381,000 broilers, 2-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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