Egg production and affordability New Zealanders love eggs – we are one of the highest per capita egg-consuming countries in the world. There are four egg farming methods used here, which provide people with a choice of products to fit their budget and personal preference while also maintaining welfare standards. Most eggs eaten in New Zealand are currently from caged hens (83%), however the industry will be phasing these out and transitioning to primarily colony systems between now and 2022. Free-range represents 13% and barn 3%. While consumption of free-range eggs has increased in the last ten years, at the same time there has been an increase in the number of eggs consumed overall, so consumption of eggs farmed by all methods has increased too. This shows the importance of choice and affordability for people when the overall cost of living continues to rise.
The following link (Cost per gram of Protein Comparison August 2016) shows how egg prices from a range of farming methods compared with other protein foods on a ‘per gram of protein’ basis. All prices do not include sale items or items reduced to clear. All listed food items were based on the lowest price. Sourced on 19 August 2016 from Countdown Online Shop.