In 2020, there were over 9.22 billion chickens living in the United States, a higher amount than any other country in the world. China came in second with approximately 4.74 billion chickens.
As the country with the second highest chicken population, China was the leading producer of eggs worldwide. In 2020, some 596.5 billion eggs were produced in China, an amount six times greater than the runner up, India. Industrially raised chickens tend to fall into two categories: egg laying hens and broiler chickens, which are produced for meat. Although the United States had a significantly higher population of chickens in 2020, China continued to dominate in terms of egg production on a global scale.
Egg retail in the United States
When Americans buy eggs at the grocery store, the vast majority will pick up a carton of private label eggs opposed to eggs from any particular name brand. In 2020, the leading name brand of fresh eggs in the United States was Eggland’s Best, which generated about 214.15 million U.S. dollars in sales. In comparison, sales of private label eggs amounted to nearly 1 billion U.S. dollars in that year.
Number of chickens worldwide in 2020, by country
(in million animals)
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