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on February 12, 2018

Top 20 US egg producers in 2018

Learn more about the companies WATT Global Media ranked as the 2018 top egg producers.

The top 20 egg producers — according to data from Egg Industry’s Top Egg Company Survey, which is part of WATT Global Media’s database on the world’s leading broiler, turkey and egg producers — are ranked according to the size of their layer flock at the end of 2017. More information about the companies can be found by visiting the top poultry company’s database.

Collectively, the top 20 companies account for 229.17 million birds.

Learn more about the top 20 US egg producers exclusively in the February 2018 issue of Egg Industry.

1. Cal-Maine Foods, 40.1 million hens

The largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States, in fiscal 2017, sold approximately 1,031.1 million dozen shell eggs. Cal-Maine stated they thought that represented approximately 20 percent of domestic shell egg consumption. Cal-Maine had a total of approximately 40.1 million layers as of December 31, 2017.

Cal-Maine produces caged brown and white eggs, cage-free white and brown eggs, organic and free-range eggs, as well as specialty products. Most of their shell eggs are sold in the Southwestern, Southeastern, Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Cal-Maine sells shell eggs to most American retailers.

On March 3, 2017, the company announced it closed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Happy Hen, and its affiliates, related to their commercial production, processing, distribution and sale of shell eggs business. In the deal, Cal-Maine acquired commercial egg production and processing facilities with current capacity for about 350,000 layers and related distribution facilities located near Harwood and Wharton, Texas, according to a release.

Cal-Maine Foods ended its fourth quarter of its fiscal 2017, and its entire fiscal year, with a net loss, due to the prolonged effects of the U.S. avian influenza outbreak, among other factors. For the fiscal year, which ended on June 3, the company reported a net loss of $74.3 million, compared with a net income of $316 million the previous year.

On October 2, 2017, Cal-Maine Foods reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended September 2, 2017. Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were US$262.8 million, compared with US$239.8 million for the prior-year period. The company reported a net loss of US$16.0 million. During its earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, Cal-Maine Foods CEO Dolph Baker said that because the supply of cage-free eggs is not consistent with the demand, the company has adjusted its cage-free egg production levels in line with the current customer demand. Baker added that Cal-Maine Foods was well-positioned to increase its cage-free egg production capacity as demand trends change. According to Baker, the cage-free egg market is an important area of focus for the company’s growth strategy, and it has invested in its operations and capacity to provide a strong supply of cage-free eggs.

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