Poultry Industry in the United States- Statistics & Facts

The United States has a robust poultry industry, with an inventory of over 527 million chickens and over 244 million turkeys as of 2018. That same year, chicken production rose to around 46 billion pounds, while turkey production jumped to 7.5 billion pounds of meat. The market leader for poultry products is Tyson, which reported 38 billion U.S. dollars in sales in 2018 alone. Chicken sales is the second-largest source of the company's overall revenue.

For the last decade, the United States shipped about six or seven billion pounds of broiler exports each year. Broiler refers to chickens of meat-type strains raised specifically for meat production. The United States exports significantly more broilers than it imports. The country exports turkey meat as well, with the volume of turkey exported from the United States in 2019 amounting to about 639 million pounds based on a carcass weight equivalent. The vast majority of U.S. turkey exports go to Mexico, which imported about 67 percent of the United States' turkey exports.

Within the United States, consumers purchase a large amount of meat products. The chicken was the second most frequently bought fresh meat category, with sales of 11.47 billion U.S. dollars for 2019. Chicken breasts were the most popular cut, comprising over 60 percent of product sales. Chicken sales were positive for 2019, in contrast to turkey meat, which saw an almost three percent decrease in sales that year. Both chicken and turkey sausages are expected to increase in dollar sales and sales volume between now and 2023, perhaps as many people find chicken and turkey sausages to be the healthiest type of encased meat products.

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