Egg Industry - Statistics & Facts

On January 1, 2015, a new law was passed in California which would require farmers in California and other U.S. Californian-importing states to put their hens in larger cases with enough space to move around and stretch their wings. The animal welfare law is expected to cause higher prices due to increasing production costs.


The Golden State, California, was rated among the leading 10 U.S. states based on the number of egg- laying hens in 2015. The largest number of laying hens was counted in Iowa, followed by Ohio and Indiana, respectively. The total production of eggs was estimated at over 96 billion in the United States in 2015. Eggs are provided in a wide array of forms in the food industry: besides shell eggs, you may find dried or powdered eggs. Most produced shell eggs went to retail in the U.S. in 2015. The second highest amount was further processed for foodservice, manufacturing, and retail. In the retail environment, the fresh egg department was dominated by private labels. The brands Eggland’s Best and Great Day Farmers Market followed with some distance.

On the consumer side, it is projected that the per capita consumption of eggs will reach 258.3 in 2016. The latest consumer data provided by the Experian Simmons National Consumer Study revealed that over 94 percent of American households use eggs.

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