Cage free eggs or eggs labeled as “cage free” are those eggs which are laid by hens that are allowed to roam in a room or in an open area. Except to the feed products provided to them, they are also allowed to eat wild plants and insects. These hens are free to engage in some of their natural behaviors which may include walking and nesting. Cage free eggs are gaining importance as the hens which are in cage are given high antibiotics while cage free hens lay eggs naturally. Thus naturally laid eggs are protein rich and healthy option which is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.
Cage Free Eggs Market Segmentation
Cage free eggs market has been segmented on the basis of size which includes medium size and jumbo size. Among both of these segment medium size is expected to contribute major share in terms of value as it is more economical. However, jumbo size is expected to show a favorable growth over the forecast period.
Cage free eggs market is also segmented on the basis of type which includes cage free white and cage free brown. Cage free white egg is expected to contribute major share in terms of revenue during the forecast period. However, cage free white is expected to show a robust growth over the forecast period. In food industry consumers are getting more inclined towards brown, as such brown bread, brown sugar and others. Thus this trend may support the demand of cage free brown egg over the forecast period.
Consumption of cage free eggs are considered to be safer option as that of caged hens. This is because caged hens have a high chances of being infected by salmonella. Consumption of these types of eggs has become a most common cause of hospitalization and deaths in the North America. This has also led the people to opt for cage free eggs driving the market growth in North America region. In the U.S. consumers are concerned for what they are eating and from where it has been come from. This is expected to be a driving factor for the market growth in the country. In Canada there is a high demand coming from restaurants and even household consumers which is further expected to fuel the market growth in the country.
Many companies in the region has decided to use cage free eggs in manufacturing their products which is expected to support the demand of cage free eggs in the country. For instance major food and retail chains such as McDonald's, Costco Wholesale Corporation and others has been declaring a shift to buying only cage free eggs. In addition McDonald’s has decided switch completely to cage free eggs in the U.S. and Canada over the next decade. Moreover, recently other companies such as DENNY’S CORP a major franchised full-service restaurant chains , in January 2016 announced that they will source and serve hundred percent cage-free eggs in all of its U.S. restaurants by 2026. In January 2016 Quiznos another quick service restaurant announced that they are planning to complete the transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025 in all of their restaurants present in North America.
Cage Free Eggs Market Drivers
The growing sensitivity among customers to animal welfare issues in the region is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. Rising demand from various quick service restaurants, confectionery manufacturers and retail chains is further expected to support the demand of cage free eggs in the near future. Moreover increased government intervention such as in California, a law has been passed according to which egg-laying hens should be given enough space to stretch, turn around and flap their wings, is further expected to support market demand during the forecast period.
Cage Free Eggs Market Key Players
Some of the key players operating in cage free egg market includes Eggland's Best, LLC, Rabbit River Farms, Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, Inc., Rembrandt Enterprises, NESTFRESH EGGS, INC. Hillandale Farms among others.
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