Egg Industry - February 2018 - 9
EggIndustry ❙ 9
Top 6 US egg producers
Cal-Maine Foods retains its
place at the top of Egg Industry's
Top Egg Company rankings with
40.10 million head of hens housed
on December 31, 2017. In addition to
being the largest egg producer in the
U.S., Cal-Maine is also the largest
egg producer in the world, according to WATT Global Media's Top
Poultry Company rankings.
Rose Acre Farms, Hillandale
Farms and Versova Holdings remain
in the second, third and fourth positions in the rankings with 26.90,
16.73 and 16.40 million head of
Daybreak Foods, with 12.80 million head of hens, rose to the fifth spot
in this year's rankings from the sixth
spot last year. Rembrandt Foods fell
to sixth in the rankings since its hen
numbers decreased from 14.7 million head on December 31, 2016, to
12.5 million head at the end of 2017.
The Top Egg Company Survey is
conducted annually, and the results
reported are composed of a combination of company-submitted information and estimates made based
on input from publicly reported
information and industry sources.
The survey reports on the number
of hens housed on December 31,
2017. The report includes 63 companies with a collective 314.6 million hens. The December 22, 2017,
USDA Chicken and Egg Report
estimated there were 319.7 million
table egg-laying hens in the U.S. on
December 1, 2017.
The level of concentration
of the U.S. egg industry hasn't
changed much in the past four
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years. In the 2015 survey, the top
five egg producers controlled the
output of 34 percent of the hens
reported in the Top Egg Company
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