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Colombia’s World Egg Day 2019

While most member countries of the International Egg Commission (IEC) took part in celebrating World Egg Day on October 11, Colombia took their celebration to the next level by breaking a world record for the world’s largest scrambled eggs.  The National Federation of Poultry Farmers in Colombia (FENAVI) undertook this challenge using 59 758 eggs in the shell, totalling 3 112 kilograms, 646 kilograms more than the previous record holder.  FENAVI collaborated with other local organisations and began preparations more than three months in advance, the most significant of which was the manufacturing of the pan that was specifically designed for the record attempt, spanning 12 metres long, 4 metres wide, 70 centimetres high and 20 centimetres deep.  The resulting dish was offered free of charge to 15 000 Colombians at two locations in the city, and the eggshells were ground to make fertiliser which will be used for planting trees in the rural area of Soacha, where the record attempt took place.  In excess of 150 people (apprentices, instructors and chefs) were required to prepare the world’s largest scrambled eggs.  Undoubtedly the three most important ingredients of the day were the egg, teamwork and the time that had been spent in preparation.  These all came together to highlight the importance of eggs in a delicious and nutritious diet.  For more information about the record attempt visit the Guinness World Records site.

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Check out how Leading Edge Poultry Software staff kicked off World Egg Day 2019 by clicking here!

World Egg Day 2018

We hope that egg producers in SA are gearing up to celebrate World Egg Day with the rest of the world on Friday, 11 October!  Here is a basic summary of how producers across the world celebrated World Egg Day in 2018:

Celebrations for the 23rd World Egg Day were held on 12 October 2018.  This initiative was established by the IEC in 1996 intended to educate consumers on the versatility and high nutritional value of eggs.  Numerous countries around the globe get involved and get creative to celebrate the egg at the centre of their industry.  A sporting competition was held in the Philippines. Educational and fun-filled entertainment were organised in Bangladesh, Colombia, Croatia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Latvia, Pakistan, Switzerland and Turkey.  Social media campaigns aimed at educating consumers took place in Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.  Australia, Brazil, the UK, Canada and the USA utilised restaurants and social media platforms to promote recipes containing eggs. Producers in Ghana, Indonesia, India and Spain used the event as an opportunity to donate eggs to communities in need.

We’d like to share more details on a few of the ingenious celebrations planned, which will hopefully provide inspiration for future World Egg Day events.  Bangladesh interviewed consumers on one of their main TV channels which we feel would be extremely beneficial in dispelling myths surrounding egg consumption, and answering any questions to educate consumers on the many benefits to eating eggs.  On the same note, Canadian egg producers were present in stores to answer any questions as well as share their passion for farming with the consumers.  Both of these methods transform just an ordinary egg on the shelf to a story that can be told about how it got there, creating better appreciation for the product and just how valuable it is nutritionally and at such a reasonable price.

We are well aware of the nutritional benefits of eggs to all, but they are particularly important in the diet of children who face bigger nutritional demands than adults.  In Hungary a dietician spoke about breakfast habits for children and a chef presented a few simple breakfast ideas including eggs.

Who doesn’t like an egg hunt?  Latvia organised egg painting and an egg hunt which would attract many families to such a fun-filled event, and this could be used as an opportunity to educate those present on the many benefits to including eggs as a staple in a family’s diet.

The Philippines arranged a family fun run which is a model that would work equally well in South Africa given the growing popularity of trail running.  This event would no doubt attract health conscious individuals and could also be used as a good opportunity to market eggs.

If you want to access a comprehensive report of how the world celebrated World Egg Day in 2018, click here.

Don’t forget that you can share your celebrations with the IEC by using the #WorldEggDay.  It doesn’t matter how big or small they are, any sharing is appreciated, even if it’s a photo of your eggs for breakfast!  The IEC would also love to hear about how you celebrated, email your stories to them (info@internationalegg.com) to have them featured with other stories across the world.

 

World Egg Day 2019

Friday, 11 October, is World Egg Day 2019!  We encourage all egg producers to take advantage of this day by celebrating the humble egg!  The growing acceptance of a low carb healthy fat (LCHF) lifestyle, which advocates eggs as an integral source of nutrition, makes it far easier for producers to market this versatile product now that misconceptions about its nutritional value have been removed.  Watch this space for more stories on how egg producers in other countries celebrated World Egg Day in 2018.  We hope you can share with us your stories of how you celebrated it in 2019!

Trends in PPI and CPI

The above graph shows the trends in the official PPI and CPI since 2014. The impact of the HPAI outbreak can be seen by the irregular movement in the PPI for eggs. It is customary for producer prices to adjust routinely over time, as input costs rise; as can be seen by changes in the PPI. The same sadly cannot be said for eggs as retailers often employ price suppression, using eggs to entice customers into their stores.

Salmonella food poisoning scare in KZN – source unknown

The egg industry seems to be in a constant battle to maintain a wholesome reputation.  With increased acceptance of the paleo, LCHF and ketogenic diets, where eating whole foods is encouraged, the versatile egg is regaining its well deserved spot on South African’s menus.  The recent salmonella food poisoning scare in KZN has seen many fingers pointing in the direction of the egg, but all of these claims are mere speculation at this stage as nothing has been proven as yet.  Accusations such as these do little to serve the reputation of the egg, and we wait with baited breath to hear the outcome of the investigation.  For more info on this story follow this link to access an article published in The Mercury on 12 November 2018.

Imports of shell chicken table eggs

Imports of shell chicken table eggs from 2014 to Aug 2018.  The torrent of imports has continued from Brazil.  Questions must be asked; what is the quality of these eggs upon arriving on our shores, can our market accommodate the influx of these additional eggs and are they liable for any tariff duties?  We certainly don’t want our egg industry to suffer at the hands of imports as our battered broiler industry has.

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