Tasmanian Supermarkets Face Egg Shortage With Prices Predicted To Rise

Shortage expected to last months

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Tasmanian supermarkets are experiencing an egg shortage as a result of reduced demand during the pandemic.

Producers are warning consumers that the shortage could extend over a number of months and that prices could also increase.

In a number of areas, the shortage is due to producers reducing the size of their flock to deal with the reduced demand over the peak of the pandemic.

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Demand for eggs has since risen as Covid restrictions ease, borders reopen and hospitality venues welcome back customers.

Tasmania's Pure Foods Eggs chief executive officer Kate Daley told ABC news that the shortage could last for a majority of 2022 as producers wait for their next flock of hens to be ready to begin laying.

"It takes months of planning to organise a chicken hatch date, and from the time the chicken emerges from its egg, it takes around 20 weeks before they are able to start laying eggs," she said.

"It's likely that there will be a shortage for much of 2022 until new flocks of hens start laying."

Flooding and an increase to input costs are also believed to have contributed to egg shortages in a number of areas.

Producers are warning that the price of eggs are predicted to increase to accommodate the rise in input costs.

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Georgie Marr

20 April 2022

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