Last year posed a lot of challenges for supermarket meat departments. In 2011, drought, rising feed costs and strong export demand crimped domestic supplies of beef, pork and poultry, pushing prices up across the board. Pork and beef were hit particularly hard, with fresh pork prices up 10.6% and fresh beef up 11.5% compared with 2010, according to FreshLook Marketing/VM Meat Solutions. According to recent forecasts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, red meat and poultry production ...

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