Japan’s Beef Consumption Recovers in September

JAPAN - Japan consumed 63,845 tonnes (boneless equivalent) of beef during September, up three per cent from last year, according to supply and demand data released by Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation of Japan.
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Meat & Livestock Australia

Analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia said that the increase was the result of growth in imported beef consumed, up seven per cent from 12 months ago to 34,918 tonnes.

This recovery was driven by firm imported beef sales at retail, combined with steady import volumes, after the year-on-year fall in total consumption during August.

Chilled imported stocks as of September were 29 per cent lower from a year ago at 9,880 tonnes, reflecting the market’s cautious inventory management, despite relatively sound demand from end-users.

In contrast, frozen imported stocks increased by seven per cent to 64,956 tonnes, largely due to slow demand from the foodservice and processing sectors.

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