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on February 12, 2018

Top US egg producer rankings for 2018: Cage-free surplus

The rush of cage-free egg future purchase pledges in 2016 led to rapid expansion of cage-free production and a surplus of cage-free eggs in 2017.

The number of hens housed cage-free in the U.S., excluding organic, has increased from 8.5 million in 2014 to 29.0 million in 2017, a 241 percent increase, according to USDA estimates. In spite of the large number of pledges by restaurant chains, food service distributors, retail outlets and food companies…

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