How many eggs are consumed in America? Keep reading to find out this and more.
Eggs are a staple item at breakfast restaurants and in our homes as well. It’s really no mystery why. They’re the perfect source of complete protein and can be prepared in endless ways. So just how many eggs do you think are being prepared at breakfast restaurants in the United States? In 2015 an estimated 231 million cases of shell eggs were produced. Of that, a whopping 20.8 million cases went to the foodservice industry. That’s a lot of omelettes!
Here’s some more “eggstraordinary” facts about the egg industry.
- As of January 1, 2017 there were 372 million egg-laying chickens (“layers”) in the country.
- Of those 372 million layers, 314 million of them are for producing shell and table eggs.
- Iowa is the number one egg producing state in the country.
- When analyzing the cost of high-quality protein, eggs are the most affordable choice at 55 grams of protein per dollar spent. Compare this to 90% lean ground beef, which provides 16 grams of protein per dollar spent.
- In 2016 per capita consumption of eggs was estimated at 267.4 per person.
- The Guinness World Record for the largest omelette was set in 2012 by a group of Portuguese chefs. They used a total of 45,000 free range eggs to make it and and it tipped the scales at 9,702 pounds and 8 ounces.