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Vertical Coordination in the Pork and Broiler Industries: Implications for Pork and Chicken Products

Steve W. Martinez

No 34031, Agricultural Economics Reports from United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Abstract: Recent changes in structure of the U.S. pork industry reflect, in many ways, past changes in the broiler industry. Production contracts and vertical integration in the broiler industry facilitated rapid adoption of new technology, improved quality control, assured market outlets for broilers, and provided a steady flow of broilers for processing. Affordable, high-quality chicken products have contributed to continual increases in U.S. chicken consumption, which has surpassed pork and beef on a per capita basis. Incentives for contracting and vertical integration in the pork industry may yield comparable results. If so, these arrangements might be expected to result in larger supplies of higher quality pork products at economical prices.

Keywords: vertical coordination; vertical integration; contracts; transaction costs; technology; chicken; pork; Livestock Production/Industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
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