Did you know that there are over 280 million laying hens in the United States with over 225 eggs laid every day? Did you also know that Nebraska is one of the top 10 egg producers in the country with over 9.4 million layer hens? So how are all these eggs raised and consumed?
Nebraska egg farmers believe in consumer choice and produce eggs in many different ways, including raising them in modern cages, cage-free and organic production systems. Nebraska egg farmers are committed to farming production and processing practices in order to provide you with nutritious, high-quality eggs. We also provide eggs to local companies that further process the eggs into liquid, dried and other forms of egg products for retail, food service, and food manufacturers. Each year about 60% of the eggs produced are used by consumers and about 9% are used by the foodservice industry. The rest are turned into egg products, which are used mostly by foodservice operators to make the meals we eat in restaurants and by food manufacturers to make foods like mayonnaise and cake mixes.
The majority of eggs produced in Nebraska are used by the foodservice industry or turned into egg products. Whole eggs, egg whites, and the yolks are utilized either separately or in some type of blend in a multitude of food products. For example, egg yolks are used for enriching and coloring pasta and baked goods or flavoring custards, ice cream and pound cake. Whole eggs are used in baked goods and blending mayonnaise, sauces and dressings. Egg whites are used in low fat foods or in making sweets. Egg products are also used by the pharmaceutical industry in sport/nutritional beverages and tablet coatings and in the cosmetic industry in facial creams, shampoos and bath oils.
So next time you are eating an egg sandwich at your favorite fast-food restaurant, buying a cake mix at your local grocery store, or eating ice cream from the local ice cream vendor, think of Nebraska egg farmers who are committed to producing the eggs necessary to provide you with affordable and safe food.