October 20, 2015

Demand for cage-free eggs taking flight

More hens may not be quite as cooped up in the future. While about 90% of eggs sold through retail in the United States are from hens kept in industrial settings, that percentage may change as consumers seek products promoted as “natural,” “organic” and “humanely-raised,” all terms associated with the egg industry, according to the report “Egg Market Trends and Opportunities in the U.S.” from Packaged Facts.  “Not too many years ago organic and cage-free eggs were available almost exclusively from either farm stands, farmers markets or in specialty natural or health food stores,” said David Sprinkle, research director for Rockville-based Packaged Facts. “Today they are easily found in mainstream markets.”  Read More

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