June 2, 2018

Flock size increases with cage-free trend

An unusual combination of record-high retail wholesale egg prices amid the largest flock size on record appears to have hit a breaking point.
Shortly after the egg-centric Easter season, supermarket chains, most notably Walmart, ended the multi-month practice of featuring shell eggs prominently as loss leaders, which allowed retail prices to rise. Consumer demand fell, and continues to be limited, settling recently at a level not seen since prices spiked between May and July 2015 following an outbreak of avian influenza.  Read more

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