Brazil’s per capita egg consumption is expected to grow by 9 percent in 2014. By the end of the year, the average Brazilian is forecast to consume 180 eggs, up from the 2013 average of 168.

According to the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) growth in egg consumption is not simply in response to industry's promotion efforts, but also because eggs remain an economical source of animal protein when compared with meat.

Between January and September this year, Brazil produced 27 billion eggs – an increase of 6 percent in comparison with the same period last year.

Most of the egg industry’s output is sold on the home market, which absorbs 99.6 percent of total production. Exports account for only 0.38 percent. The principal destination for exports of Brazilian shell eggs is the United Arab Emirates, while the main export markets for processed eggs are Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Brazilian eggs have faced difficulties in international markets this year, with exports falling 25 percent by volume and 40 percent by value. This contraction had been principally due to restrictions imposed by Angola, says ABPA, however, to some extent, increased demand from the Middle East has compensated for this lost market.