By Craig Zonca.
A nationwide shortage of eggs has left retailers scrambling to keep stocks on supermarket shelves.
An increasing appetite for eggs, particularly free-range, has amplified the dip in supply, which usually occurs during the cooler winter months.
“Hens tend to go into a slow egg laying mode,” said Queensland United Egg Producers CEO John Coward.
“We see anything from a 5 to 10 per cent reduction in egg production through those months.”
The slow-down in supply has come as consumption rose 3.5 per cent over the past year, with Australians now cracking 19 million eggs each day.
Mr Coward said increased meat prices had also seen shoppers turn to eggs as a cheaper source of protein.
“People are saying, ‘$5 a kilo for eggs, $25-30 a kilo for steak, maybe I might put a egg dish on the menu for the kids this week’.”
@shelleymlloyd yes unfortunately there is an industry-wide shortage. We’re working hard with our Suppliers to have this fixed asap. Sorry!
— Coles Supermarkets (@Coles) June 6, 2016