Cracked up: Rising egg consumption will be offset by declining egg prices

The Chicken Egg Production industry experienced volatility over the five years to 2018. Movements in industry revenue are mostly tied to the price of eggs, which exhibited large fluctuations and ultimate decline during the period. This industry exhibited strong growth through 2015, as the price of eggs steadily rose. High prices were largely caused by an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which spread throughout farms at the end of 2014 and continued into 2015. However, when laying hen numbers began to rise again, the price of eggs fell sharply, and revenue fell in line. Furthermore, the price of feed, a major source of food for laying hens, has also been extremely volatile over the past five years, leading to turbulent profitability...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Movements in industry revenue are mostly tied to the price of eggs, which exhibited large fluctuations and ultimate decline
  • An outbreak of HPAI throughout many farms across the United States led to lower production
  • Consumers are expected to demand more humane conditions for chickens
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Chicken Egg Production industry has a low level of concentration, with the top four companies accounting for 32.0% of revenue. Historically, many small operators have characterized the industry, but, like other agricultural industries, egg production is consolidating into fewer, larger facilities. Specifically, integration of larger companies has increased concentration during the past five years. For example, producer-packer integration is becoming a common characteristic of the industry given product specificity (i.e. the industry mainly produces eggs) and a smaller number of egg packers. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Chicken Egg Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Chicken Egg Production Industry are

  • Use of specialist equipment or facilities
  • Long-term sales contracts
  • Locating near key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from food manufacturing and Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores in the Chicken Egg Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Chicken Egg Production Industry?

    This industry primarily raises chickens for egg production. The eggs produced may be sold for use as table eggs or hatching eggs.

    Industry Products
  • Table eggs produced by battery chickens (white)
  • Table eggs produced by battery chickens (brown)
  • Table eggs produced by cage-free chickens
  • Table eggs produced by organic chickens
  • Hatching eggs
  • Industry Activities
  • Producing chicken eggs
  • Producing hens for egg-laying purposes
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from food manufacturing
  • Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Per capita egg consumption
  • Price of feed
  • Price of eggs
  • Demand from egg and poultry wholesaling

  • Current Performance
  • Health perceptions drive premium products
  • HPAI, lower feed prices and increasing profit margin
  • International trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Consumption trends
  • International Trade
  • Animal welfare and environmental concerns
  • Table: Chicken Egg Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Chicken Egg Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Bread Production
  • Baking Mix & Prepared Food Production
  • Egg & Poultry Wholesaling
  • Soft Drink, Baked Goods & Other Grocery Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Chain Restaurants
  • Single Location Full-Service Restaurants
  • Caterers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Animal Food Production
  • Chicken & Turkey Meat Production
  • Corn, Wheat & Soybean Wholesaling
  • Farm Supplies Wholesaling
  • Farm, Lawn & Garden Equipment Wholesaling
  • Livestock Production Support Services
  • Veterinary Services

  • Products & Services
  • Table eggs produced by battery chickens (white)
  • Table eggs produced by cage-free chickens
  • Hatching eggs
  • Table eggs produced by battery chickens (brown)
  • Table eggs produced by organic chickens
  • Chart: Chicken Egg Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Lifestyles
  • Marketing
  • Population and incomes

  • Major Markets
  • Retailers
  • Egg processors and food manufacturers
  • Exports
  • Food-service establishments
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Chicken Egg Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciation, marketing and rent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Chicken Egg Production

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Chicken Egg Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Cal-Maine Foods Inc., Rose Acre Farms Inc.,
  • Table: Cal-Maine Foods Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Rose Acre Farms Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Chicken Egg Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Chicken Egg Production Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Per capita egg consumption (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • A method of production where hens are free to graze and move around, with feed, water and shelter provided.
  • Intensive Cage System
  • A system, also known as battery cages, where hens are placed in separate side-by-side and stacked cages.
  • Layers
  • A hen raised to produce eggs.
  • Molting
  • When an animal sheds at specific times in the year or at specific points in its life cycle.
  • Pullets
  • A young female chicken that has not yet laid eggs.
  • Table Eggs
  • The industry's main product that usually ends up on consumer plates; also known as shell eggs.
  • Vertical Integration
  • Owning different parts of the supply chain, either in the form of forward integration (owning upstream suppliers) or backward integration (owning downstream buyers).
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