A recently released Information Resources Inc. (IRI) report reveals that the overwhelming majority of American consumers continue to buy traditionally produced eggs.
According to the report, Americans purchase 19.8 billion (96%) traditional eggs annually. In comparison, 619 million (3%) eggs purchased are cage-free and 227 million (1%) are organic free range. Perhaps as a result of these numbers, cage-free and organic eggs have dropped in retail price, with cage-free coming in at $2.50 per dozen (down 14% from a year ago) and organic free range decreasing to $2.64 per dozen (33% less than a year ago). In contrast, traditional egg retail prices are up 8% to $1.02 per dozen.
According to the International Egg Commission, 85% of eggs are produced in traditional cages.