The value of U.S. poultry production increased from $21.2 billion in 2000, to $44.1 billion in 2013.  In 2013, egg production accounted for 19.3 percent of the overall value of the U.S. poultry industry.

Those figures are available in the report, “Poultry Industry of the U.S.A: Dynamics, Patterns and Perspectives,” produced for the International Egg Commission (IEC) by Professor Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst of the University of Vechta in Germany. The study analyses the world’s leading poultry production country between 2000 and 2013 and examines the dynamics, patterns and perspective of this growing industry. 

According to the report, in 2012, the U.S. ranked first in chicken meat with an 18.4 percent share of global production volume. The U.S. also ranked first in turkey meat production with 48.3 percent of global share, and was second only to China in egg production, contributing 8.2 percent.

The report analyses the regional poultry production areas within the United States and reviews how egg production has been affected by feed costs and feed production. Additionally, the report looks at the shift in egg production locations resulting from the banning of conventional cages in California. 


The report also contains data on the export of eggs, broiler meat and turkey, and concludes with projections about the development of poultry meat and egg production in the U.S.A between 2013 and 2023.

This report is available to all IEC members.