Egg Industry - February 2018 - 12
12 ❙ EggIndustry
THE WORLD'S LEADING EGG PRODUCERS
won't go away
US egg producers responding
to the Top Egg Company
Survey predict that more than
half of US hens will still be
housed in cages in 2025.
30% - 49%
50% - 90%
Source: 2018 Egg Industry magazine Top Egg Company Survey
More than half of U.S. egg producers who
responded to the Top Egg Company Survey predict
eggs from cage-free hens will make up less than half
of the total U.S. retail shell egg purchases in 2025.
Most major shell egg retailers, restaurant chains, food
service distributors and food manufacturers in the
U.S. have pledged to switch all of their shell egg and
egg products purchases to cage free by some future
date, generally during or before 2025. The breakout
for how hens were housed in the U.S. in 2017 was
roughly 14 percent cage free (including organic), 85
percent in conventional cages and less than 1 percent
in enriched cages.
As part of Egg Industry magazine's annual Top
Egg Company Survey, egg producers were asked their
opinion of how U.S. laying hens will be housed in 2025.
Twenty-five egg producers, who house 144 million hens,
answered this question. The average of the 25 predictions
was that 52.6 percent of hens would be housed in con-
IN SPITE OF A great number of future cage-free
egg and egg product purchase pledges, U.S. egg
producers expect more than half of hens to be in
cages in 2025.
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Number of responses
Egg producer predictions for percentage
of retail shell eggs sales that will be
cage free in 2025