New Zealand are currently undergoing an egg shortage in the country as egg producers adapt to new industry requirements.
In recent years, major supermarkets in New Zealand have initiated plans to ban the sale of caged eggs by 2027. On top of this, there is the gradual process of New Zealand farms ending the practice of keeping hens in battery cages by 2022, as encouraged by law changes introduced in 2012. The process of altering farm infrastructure to accommodate space for free-range and barn hens has led to the reduction of flock sizes. As a result, the number of New Zealand’s laying hens has fallen from 4.2 million in 2018 to 3.6 million in 2019.
The increased demand from supermarkets for free-range and caged eggs, as well as the reduced number of laying hens, has put pressure on New Zealand egg supplies, with New Zealand egg prices likely to increase as a result.