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Price of eggs increasing significantly

Posted June 15, 2015

Because of the avian influenza epidemic that has hit over 43 million birds since December, the price of eggs is going up. In some places, consumers are seeing a 70 percent increase!

According to the LA Times, the wholesale price of a dozen eggs in California has gone up 71 percent since April 22. While the cost of eggs here in the Raleigh area has not increased as much, the egg market is national, and we will likely see the increases soon.

Fortunately, in the last couple weeks, we have seen egg sales as low as $1.25 a dozen, which is a very good price. This week, Walgreens has eggs on sale for $1.29 per dozen through June 20. The regular price of store-brand eggs currently runs in the $2.29 per dozen range including Harris Teeter and Walmart eggs and Better Valu eggs at Lowes Foods.

Because eggs are used in so many products, there will likely be increases in the cost of products that use eggs including baked goods, mayonnaise, frozen egg and biscuit sandwiches and more.

According to the article, it will be six months to more than a year before infected farms are disinfected, approved by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and producing eggs once again.

How often do you eat eggs each week? Do you think you will decrease your egg consumption because of rising prices?


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 17, 2015

    bjluckeey - thanks for sharing the prices you found. They are all too pricey for me! :-)

  • bjluckeey Jun 15, 2015

    Walmart eggs large 18 count $4.52 , 12 count $3.07, medium eggs $2.78, extra large eggs $4.74
    Sam's club 18 count eggs $3.72. Kroger 18 count $3.49, large 12 count $2.29, medium eggs 12 count $1.99 and extra large 12 count $2.19. All prices seen today at Garner Kroger and walmart on 401.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jun 15, 2015

    GOALIEMAN- I've thought about getting chickens too! We looked at a home for sale a few weeks ago that had a huge coop and fenced area for her chickens! it was super clean... yet still sooooo stinky :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 15, 2015

    kap0563 - they have definitely gone up in this area but not as much as they have gone up in other areas.

    Walmart usually has more expensive eggs all the time so you may want to consider buying them elsewhere in the future. Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter have a dozen eggs regularly priced for $2.29 right now for (store and value brands) which is the same as paying $3.43 for 18 count. Walgreens eggs are only $1.29 for a dozen right now through Saturday (same as paying $1.93 for 18 eggs - less than 1/2 what Walmart is charging).

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 15, 2015

    Goalieman - the thought crossed my mind, but it isn't free to keep them and they are still at risk for avian flu from wild birds. That and my neighborhood doesn't allow it anyway....

  • kap0563 Jun 15, 2015

    Yesterday, I stopped at Walmart on 70 in Clayton to get groceries. When my eggs rang up at $4.52 for 18 (knowing a week ago I paid $3.36 for the same), I questioned it and was told that they have gone up - I'd say they've already gone up in our area.

  • Goalieman Jun 15, 2015

    Time to talk with my HOA and get having chickens allowed!!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 15, 2015

    GranOFTwenty - that is very interesting that some places are reducing breakfast hours.

    I just picked up 3 dozen eggs at Walgreens this morning and I am hardboiling a dozen of them right now. I'll go on Monday to get a few more dozen since they are good for weeks. If they are out, I will be sure to get a rain check.

  • Goalieman Jun 15, 2015

    Why not!? Everything else is going through the roof, why not eggs too?

    The only change I see is inflation getting worse! Numbers can be fudged to make it look anyway they want it too. Heck, big businesses do it everyday! Look at facts and not numbers and you will see the truth!

  • GranOFTwenty Jun 14, 2015

    I heard on the morning news last week some stores are beginning to limit how many eggs/cartons a person can buy .
    I think it was H-E-B in Texas.
    Also some restaurants are reducing "breakfast hours" and cutting menu items that contain eggs.
    Having your own laying chickens ain't such bad an idea now - like I need more pets and little ones around ! lol