Why are there on-shelf shortages at retail right now?
Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, consumers prepared for stay-at-home orders by purchasing large numbers of staple products, including nutritious, high-protein eggs. This created temporary out-of-stock situations at some stores and prompted some grocers to limit egg quantities. America’s egg farmers are working hard to help grocers replenish stock.
When will these on-shelf shortages end?
There’s no way to predict, but consumer demand in retail stores may remain higher than average during this outbreak. America’s egg supply remains strong, and our farmers, along with retailers, are working tirelessly to meet this new high demand.
Why has the price of eggs gone up?
Egg prices in stores right now are a direct result of this sudden and unexpected surge in consumer demand. It’s important to know most farmers don’t get to choose the final price of their eggs because eggs are sold as commodities. Instead, most farmers have long-term contracts with their customers that price their eggs based on the ups and downs of the commodity market.
Are farmers or grocery stores raising egg prices?
The farmer and retailer work closely together to assure a steady supply of eggs, but prices generally are pre-set in contracts and subject to fluctuations in the commodity market. In this time of unprecedented demand, because eggs are sold as commodities, prices are higher than normal. At other times, when demand is lower, egg prices can fall far below even what it costs farmers to produce them.
Will prices come down?
There’s no way to predict, but consumer demand in retail stores may remain higher than average during this outbreak. Americans are cooking and baking more at home, and eggs are an essential part of that experience. Eggs are particularly popular right now because they are easy, versatile and a nutritious, high-protein staple. Eggs work well for any meal.
Can we increase the U.S. egg supply?
To meet demand, farmers are working to redirect eggs to the grocery store that were originally meant for restaurants and hotels. Farmers could also increase the size of their flocks, which takes time (approx. 20-25 weeks).
Will I have eggs for Easter?
We expect there will be eggs available for Easter, and we know that many families will be spending the holiday at home with fun activities for the kids like egg decorating.
Can I catch COVID-19 from my eggs?
No. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health experts have said there is no evidence that the virus can be carried in food. As always, consumers should wash their hands frequently and practice safe cooking and handling.