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High Egg Prices

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

If you pay a visit to the dairy section of your local grocery store, you'll notice one big difference: the price of eggs has increased, or even doubled.

Tara Wilson owns Foster Street Coffee House in downtown Dothan.

During a typical morning, she squeezes homemade frosting onto a few muffins, fresh from the oven.

The problem is, to make those muffins and the other hundreds of deserts she bakes and caters monthly, she uses eggs and the price has risen 50 percent.

"We go through 15 to 20 dozens eggs a week, and that's on an average week,” she says. “When we do wedding cakes it's obviously even more eggs. It just means that we have to increase the cost of the products that we're selling to our customers, which we hate to do that."

The reason behind the high price is simple. When we spoke with egg experts at Auburn University they say there's been an increase in egg exports overseas.

There was a huge shipment as a result of the bird flu scare. Plus, cage-free layer eggs are becoming increasing popular in Europe.

Cage-free layer eggs are laid by hens and not housed in cramped factory cages.

Therefore, the demand here is greater than the supply, which drives up the price.

Before the egg prices increased, customers could buy eggs at their local grocery for 89 cents a dozen.

Now, the price is around $1.50 a dozen.

One viewer even emailed WTVY and said in stores in Eufaula and Abbeville, one dozen eggs will cost a consumer almost $2 dollars.

"It's over $8.00 for five dozen eggs,” Wilson says. “So that's unacceptable, and we're actually looking for other ways to find our eggs a little less expensive."

So, what can you do? Retailers say just wait until spring. The price of eggs is expected to go down after Easter.

Government subsidizing for corn, which goes toward ethanol research, may also drive up the price of eggs. Corn feed is used to feed chickens.


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