Eggs are now in short supply in Australia as farmers issue an urgent warning to shoppers
Why EGGS is now in short supply at Aussie supermarkets as farmers issue an urgent warning to shoppers
- A shortage of egg production has hit the shelves of Coles, Woolworths in several states
- Egg producers cleared their flocks due to a drop in demand and flocks remain low
- A NSW egg farmer told Daily Mail Australia the shortage could last until October
Eggs have become the latest essential item to disappear from Australian supermarket shelves as a surprising theory emerged for the shortage, which could last into October.
Woolworths and Coles customers have taken to social media to report empty shelves where the eggs tend to be in some stores.
It is clear that customers in supermarkets in New South Wales, Victorian and Western Australian supermarkets struggled to find eggs, as supply could not keep up with demand.
Eggs have become the latest essential item to disappear from Australian supermarket shelves as a surprising theory emerged for the shortage that could last into October
Egg producers cleared their flocks due to a drop in demand and flocks remain low
A NSW egg farmer told Daily Mail Australia the shortage could last until October
NSW egg farmer, Brett Langfield, told Daily Mail Australia that the shortage could last for another four months.
Mr Langfield said herds across NSW have fallen by about 10 per cent, partly as a Covid hangover.
He said demand for eggs was high during lockdowns, but when people came out of lockdown, demand for eggs dropped.
So farmers cut their flocks by about 20 percent.
They have not yet fully recovered and farmers “have no confidence” that it will be worthwhile for them to raise herds because of the increased cost of fuel and grain – the latter because of the war in Ukraine.
“It could be another three or four months,” Mr. Langfield said.
Woolworths told the Daily Mail Australia that reduced production by egg farmers was responsible for the shortages.
“The market-wide supply of locally produced eggs in some regions has been impacted recently by reduced production on a number of farms,” said a Woolworths spokesperson.
“While we continue to deliver eggs to our stores on a regular basis, customers may notice reduced availability at this time and we thank them for their patience and understanding.
Coles confirmed that the egg shortages also affected his stores and customers
The spokesperson said the store is working with suppliers to “increase the availability of eggs in stores as quickly as possible.”
Coles confirmed that the egg shortages also affected his stores.
‘We are dealing with a temporary reduced availability in our range of eggs due to production problems. We are working hard to restock the stores as soon as possible.’