Fried Over Soaring Egg Prices?
San Franicisco Chronicle confirms what you may have noticed in the stores!
Even at the higher end of about fifty cents an egg, they are still a marvelous food.
“Benchmark egg prices in California have gone up by 150 percent in a year, from $1.45 per dozen large eggs last August to $3.61 today, according to the USDA. While the avian flu outbreak this spring that resulted in the killing of 48 million domestic chickens and turkeys, mostly in the Midwest, continues to have a ripple effect across the country, a perfect storm of additional factors in California, namely the rollout of Proposition 2 and higher chicken feed prices, are wreaking havoc on Bay Area supermarket egg prices and limiting the supply of eggs to local restaurants, ice cream shops and bakeries.
During the past month, Creme Brulee Cart owner Curtis Kimball has shown up at his egg distributor an hour before it opens to ensure that he can procure the eggs he needs to run his business, roughly 1,000 to 1,500 yolks per week.
“When we really need them, I’ll just order enough for two weeks,” said Kimball, who estimates that prices have gone up at least 50 percent. He’s raised the price of his regular custards from $4.50 to $5 as a result.
Eggs have been unpredictable at grocery stores, too. Last week at San Francisco’s Diamond Heights Safeway, prices started at $5.99 a dozen, with one brand available to club card members for $4.49. At SoMa’s Whole Foods, the least-expensive eggs were $3.29 per dozen. Representatives at both supermarkets declined comment.
California produced 18 percent fewer eggs between May 2014 and May 2015, whereas the country’s egg production is expected to drop only 4 percent this year, according to USDA statistics.” By Tara DugganAugust 23, 2015 Updated: August 23, 2015 7:18pm