The egg supply has recovered from the impact it suffered due to the avian influenza (AI) outbreak in 2015, surprising industry analysts. Initial forecasts had predicted an 18-month timeline for flocks and supply to return to pre-AI levels, yet producers have achieved this goal in one year’s time.
According to the American Egg Board, prices for both shell eggs and egg ingredients reflect this abundant supply. In fact, according to industry analyst Rick Brown, SVP of Urner Barry, whole egg prices are at a 10-year low.
New bio-security safeguards and measures will help ensure the protection of a healthy and viable egg industry moving forward. Affected farms worked diligently to meet the stringent cleaning and disinfection regulations defined by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service before repopulating.