Egg production and affordability New Zealanders love eggs – we are one of the highest per capita egg-consuming countries in the world.
There are three 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.
As of December 2022, the current flock is made up of 34% free range, 33% colony and 33% barn. This shows a balance of systems with all options offering benefits for consumers.
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 item: Cost per gram of protein comparison March 2022, shows how egg prices from a range of farming methods compare 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 March 2022 from Countdown Online Shop: