Australian egg producers say there is plenty of eggs around despite some disruptions to the industry supply chain.
- Consumers have been posting photos to social media of empty supermarket shelves
- Industry body Australian Eggs says there is no cause for concern, with supply secure for the coming months
- Woolworths and Coles have blamed reduced production for the shortage of eggs in stores
Australian Eggs managing director Rowan McMonnies’ comments came after some people shared photos of empty supermarket shelves.
In a statement to ABC Rural today, Mr McMonnies responded to consumer concerns and said there should be no cause for alarm.
Mr McMonnies said there was no imbalance between supply and demand, but there were some disruptions to the industry supply chain because of inflationary pressures affecting the economy.
“Egg farmers are feeling this as much as other food producers with the price of feed, power and transport up significantly in a short period,” he said.
“This can be disruptive as they need to move their egg supply to products, segments and customers that are able to cover as much of this increase as possible.
Supermarkets say otherwise
Australia’s major supermarket outlets have blamed a shortage of supply as the reason behind the bare shelves.
A Woolworths supermarket spokesperson said fewer eggs were being produced locally.
A Coles supermarket said they too were experiencing a shortage.
“We are experiencing temporary reduced availability in our eggs range due to production challenges,” he said.
“We are working hard to restock stores as quickly as possible.”