CHICAGO — Coming off a strong 2017, the American Egg Board and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council finalized plans to take U.S. egg and U.S. egg product exports to even greater heights in 2018.
Egg exports up 23 percent in 2017
According to the latest trade data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, egg export value increased 22.7 percent (table eggs plus egg products in shell egg equivalent) to $248.9 million. During 2017 egg export volume rose 27.3 percent to 263.2 million dozen.
Table egg exports increased 1.7 percent year over year to 125.4 million dozen. More than 85 percent of shipments went to the top six export markets — Canada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Mexico, the UAE and Oman. During the same period, egg product exports surged 50.7 percent to $119.2 million. The top six export markets (Japan, South Korea, Mexico, EU-28, Canada, UAE) accounted for 84 percent of total exports in 2017.
2018 AEB & USAPEEC marketing plans
2018’s export efforts will be aimed at furthering demand in the leading export markets of Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Mexico and the Caribbean. Exports to these markets alone accounted for nearly 85 percent of all egg exports in 2017. In these target markets, activities will focus on sampling, culinary and nutrition professional outreach, trade show exhibits and trade servicing programs. These activities are aimed at educating the markets on the benefits and superior quality of U.S. eggs and egg product