GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The American Egg Board and other egg industry leaders recently took an international tour to South Korea and Japan to expand Asian and American egg trade.
According to AEB, the trip was to “target significant growth opportunities in two top egg-buying export markets to diversify their sales portfolios and increase access to safe, high quality U.S. eggs and egg products.”
The tour is noted to begin a new pathway for increasing international trade and doubling the United States’ egg exports within the next five years.
“America’s egg farmers have almost literally kept their eggs all in one basket — the U.S. domestic market,” Emily Metz, AEB president and CEO, said. “Through this determined focus on growing exports, the American Egg Board seeks to roughly double the average annual U.S. egg exports to 7 percent of total table egg production within the next five years. Our focus on trade missions is an essential step in a larger global egg strategy that I believe is fundamental to the prosperity and stability of our U.S. egg producers and crucial to the industry’s future.”
During the trip to South Korea and Japan, officials from AEB and other producers were shown “wholesale markets and manufacturing companies to gain a better understanding of the top U.S. egg product export markets including trade statistics, product potential and food trends.”
Statistics show the market for exporting eggs and egg products has not been explored. There is much potential for the exportation of eggs and associated products. Pork and dairy products are highly exported items from the U.S. The U.S. trades 20 percent of its pork and 18 percent of its dairy. However, the egg industry has been mostly left untouched, trading only an estimated 3.8 percent of eggs and egg products.
The tour included Metz, and nine other egg industry leaders from large and small farms from around the country, including: Ross Dean, Versova, Sioux City, Iowa; Mike Bowman, Versova, Sioux City, Iowa; Shelly McKee, Deb El Food Products, Elizabethport, N.J.; Sandra Lausecker, Nature Pure LLC, Raymond, Ohio; Mindy Creighton Truex, Creighton Brothers LLC, Warsaw, Ind.; Jason Van Zeten, Oskaloosa Food Products, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Sean Delano, S&R Egg Farm Inc., Whitewater, Wis.; Jamey Payne, Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs, Clarence, N.Y.; and Amanda Jackson, Rose Acre Farms, Seymour, Ind.