Trade Wars Now a Reality


The U.S. farming community awoke on Friday morning July 7th to the reality of a trade war.  Threatened tariffs on imported Chinese equipment including auto parts and medical devices valued at $34 billion came into effect at midnight triggering retaliatory tariffs imposed by China.  These amount to 500 categories of U.S. products. Additional tariffs are proposed on as much as $500 billion in products shipped by China to the U.S. in an ongoing reciprocal series of countermeasures.


Soybean and hog producers will be the most affected in the short term.  China imported U.S. soybeans valued at $14 billion in 2017.  Imposition of a 25 percent duty following tariffs on steel and aluminum from China in April effectively eliminated trade in soybeans now dominated by Brazil.  Hog farmers will be excluded from their market in China based on a price differential represented by newly imposed tariffs, including VAT will represent an 81 percent ad valorem boost in price.  The implications for companies exporting hogs to China is self-evident.  It is estimated that currently one out of every four U.S. hogs is exported to China.  A prominent family-owned integrator in the Midwest estimates that the company will lose $100 million on 5.5 million hogs spread across ten states.


To add to the woes of the hog industry, Mexico has imposed a 10 percent retaliatory tariff on chilled and frozen pork with a 20 percent rate effective Friday July 6.


Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue has commented on “a plan to help protect farmers and agriculture businesses.”  EGG-NEWS has previously noted that any compensatory payment to farmers will increase the national debt and will engender opposition from Congress.



It is hoped that the present situation is only extreme brinkmanship and that China and the U.S. will recognize the folly of “assured mutual destruction” and will negotiate a satisfactory resolution to the outstanding problems of an imbalance in trade and misappropriation of intellectual property.  Failure to restore free trade will have both social and political implications for the U.S. and especially for the agricultural sector of the economy.


Egg Industry News

USDA-WASDE FORECAST #579 July 12th 2018



The July 12th 2018 USDA WASDE projections for the 2018 corn and soybean harvests are based on actual planting data, crop progress, long-range weather forecasts and historical records. Harvest areas for corn and soybeans were updated from the June projection to 81.8 million acres (83.1 million in 2017) and 88.9 million acres, (89.5 million acres in 2017) respectively. The USDA held corn yield to 174.0 bushels per acre (175.4 bushels in 2017). Soybean yield was retained at 48.5 bushels per acre (49.5 bushels in 2017). The USDA July projection of ending stock for corn was reduced 0.3 percent to 1,552 million bushels. Ending stock for soybeans was raised 50.6 percent to 580 million bushels compared to the June 2018 WASDE Report.

The USDA projections of ending stocks and prices take into account current uncertainties concerning announced tariffs on U.S. products.


The projection of the corn harvest decreased by 1.3 percent from the June 2018 Report to 14,230 million bushels consistent with the reality that the crop is now in the stage of silking. The projection for 2018 can be compared to the 2017 harvest of 14,577 million bushels and is down 7.3 percent from the 2016 near-record harvest of 15,148 million bushels. The “Ethanol and Byproducts” category was lowered 0.9 percent to 5,625 m. bushels and exports were raised 25 m bushels to 2,225 million bushels. “Feed and Residual” was raised by 75 m. bushels to 5,425 million bushels resulting in a corresponding decrease of 1.6 percent in ending stocks to 1,552 m. bushels. The projected USDA range in farm price was reduced by 10 cents per bushel on both ends of the range to 330 to 430 cents per bushel. At 14H30 on July 13th CME quotations for July and September 2018 corn were 332 cents and 340 cents per bushel respectively.


Status of 2018 Corn and Soybean Crops


The USDA Crop Progress Report released on July 16th confirmed complete planting and emergence of the 2018 corn and soybean crops. Early-planted corn is silking at a rate 26 percent faster than the 5-year average. Soybeans planted early are blooming consistent with good soil moisture and climate conditions, leading the 5-year average by 20 percent. Approximately 26 percent of the soy crop is setting pods. EGG-NEWS and CHICK-NEWS will report on the progress of the two major crops as monitored by the USDA through the end of harvest in October.


Egg Monthly



  • June 2018 USDA Ex-Farm Benchmark Price up 19 Percent from May Consistent with Seasonal Trends.

  • Production Cost Down 3.5 Percent with Feed Lower by 5.6 Percent.

  • Positive Nest-run Margin Restored to 13.7 Cents per Dozen



    Summary tables for the latest USDA June 2018 statistics and prices made available by the EIC on July 9th are arranged, summarized, tabulated and discussed in comparison with values from the previous June 11th 2018 posting reflecting May 2018 data.




MAY 2018

JUNE 2018

5-Region Cost of Production

ex farm (1st Cycle)

64.48 c/doz

62.22 c/doz


59.90 c/doz (MW)

56.94c/doz (MW)


81.65 c/doz (CA)

78.89 c/doz (CA)


Components of 6-Region 1stCycle Cost of Production:-


MAY 2018

JUNE 2018


35.57 c/doz


Pullet depreciation

11.38 c/doz

11.10 c/doz


4.00 c/doz

4.00 c/doz


5.30 c/doz

5.30 c/doz

Miscellaneous and other*

8.22 c/doz

8.22 c/doz

* adjusted February 2018


USDA Weekly Egg Price and Inventory Report, July 12th 2018.

  • Hen Numbers in Production Increased by 0.4 million to 314.4 Million as Molted Hens and Late-February Chick Placements Commenced Laying.
  • Shell Inventory Up by 4.7 Percent.
  • Generic Prices for Extra Large and Large were up 7.5 Percent Compared to Previous Week. A Price Decline is Anticipated on Rising Inventory



According to the USDA Egg Market News Reports posted on July 9 th the Midwest wholesale prices for Extra Large and Large sizes were respectively up 7.4 and 7.6 percent. Mediums were higher by 8.9 percent compared to the past week. The progression of prices during 2018 is depicted in the USDA chart reflecting three years of data, updated weekly.

The July 9th USDA Egg Market News Report (Vol. 65: No. 28) documented a USDA Combined Region value rounded to the nearest cent, of $1.41 per dozen delivered to warehouses effective July 6th This price lags current Midwest weekly values by one week. The USDA Combined range for Large in the Midwest was $1.32 per dozen. At the high end of the range, the price in the South Central Region attained $1.47 per dozen. The USDA Combined Price last week was 15 cents per dozen above the three-year average but 76 cents per dozen above the corresponding week in 2017.

Flock Size

The number of producing hens this week was 314.4 million following second cycle molted flocks coming back into production together with chicks placed in late-February contributing to lower prices for Mediums. The hen population is more than adequate to meet early-Summer seasonal consumer and industrial demand but any number above 315 million in production over the short term at this time of year portends lower prices and increased inventory going forward. The total U.S. egg-flock comprises 324.1 million hens including 2nd Cycle birds and those in molt on all farms. The 9.7 million difference between hens in production and total hens representing 3.0 percent of the national flock suggests that some molted flocks will soon come back into production with implications for price given increased supply and seasonally low to moderate demand.


U.S. Broiler and Turkey Exports for January-May 2018.


Data for January-May 2018 indicate a moderate increase in export of broiler parts in comparison to the corresponding five months of 2017. Total broiler exports for January-May 2018 attained 1,287,803 metric tons, 0.9 percent more than the corresponding period in 2017 (1,276,478 metric tons) but total value improved by 9.2 percent to $1,337 million ($1,224 million).

During January-May 2018 the National Chicken Council (NCC), citing USDA-FAS data, documented exports of 1,384,569 metric tons of chicken parts and other forms (whole and prepared) valued at $1,385 million with a weighted average unit value of $1,089 per metric ton, 4.3 percent higher in value compared to January-May 2017 ($1,042 per m. ton).

The NCC breakdown of chicken exports by proportion and unit price for each broiler category for January-May 2018 compared with 2017 (with the unit price in parentheses) comprised:-

  • Chicken parts 95.7%; Unit value $1,017 per metric ton ($930)

  • Prepared chicken 2.9%; Unit value $3,520 per metric ton ($3,553)

  • Whole chicken 1.4%; Unit value $1,064 per metric ton ($1,002)

The following table prepared from USDA data circulated by the USAPEEC, compares values for poultry meat exports in January-May 2018 with corresponding figures for 2017:-

PRODUCT Jan.-May 2017 Jan.-May 2018 Difference

Broiler Meat

Volume (metric tons) 1,276,478 1,287,803 +11,325 (+0.9%)

Value ( $ million) 1,224 1,337 +113 (+ 9.2%)

Unit value ( $/m. ton) 959 1,038 +79 (+ 8.2%)

Turkey Meat

Volume (metric tons) 103,381 114,278 +10,897 (+10.5%)

Value ($ million) 225 254 +29 (+12.8%)

Unit value ($/m. ton) 2,176 2,226 +50 (+ 2.3%)

Chicken Paws

Volume (metric tons) 70,482 69,078 -1,404 ( -2.0%)

Value ($ million) 105 117 +12 (+11.4%)

Unit value ($/m. ton) 1,490 1,693 +203 (+13.6%)




Total broiler parts exports for January-May 2018 compared with the corresponding period in 2017 increased by 0.9 percent in volume and increased 9.2 percent in value. Unit value increased 8.2 percent from $959 per metric ton to $1,038 per metric ton.

The U.S. broiler industry sells mostly leg quarters, an undifferentiated commodity, in a static and price-sensitive market against competition from other exporters and domestic production in importing nations. The gain in value of the U.S. Dollar relative to the currencies of Brazil, Argentina and Thailand impacts competitiveness.

The top five importers of broiler meat represented 46.6 percent of shipments during the first five months of 2018. The top ten importers contributed 64.3 percent of volume, all unchanged from the January-April report.

Mexico was the largest importer of broiler meat from the U.S. during January-May 2018 with 19.6 percent of volume and 16.0 percent of total value with a unit price of $851 per metric ton. Unit value in May 2018 declined to $827 with volume and value down by 3.0 percent and 14.1 percent respectively.

Taiwan remained the 2nd ranked importer receiving 108,005 metric tons representing 8.3 percent of volume and 7.9 percent of value with a unit price of $972 per ton. Taiwan increased purchases by 72.9 percent over the five month period in 2018 compared to 2017.

Angola displaced Cuba as the 3rd ranked importer by volume with 90,446 metric tons comprising 7.0 of broiler parts shipped. This nation increased their import volume from the U.S. during January-May 2018 by 104 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2017.

Cuba was the 4th-placed importer in January-May 2018 with 6.9 percent of volume but 5.1 percent of value attributed to the product mix with a unit price of $776 per metric ton. During January-May 2018 volume was 8.6 percent higher than for the first five months of 2017. It is hoped that this trade worth $161 million in 2017 and $69 million in January-May 2018 at a unit price of $776 per metric ton will not be compromised by injudicious diplomatic activity or politically inspired restraints. This market is courted by both Brazil and Argentina

South Africa, the subject of considerable litigation and Congressional pressure in 2015 and 2016, ranked 9th during January-May 2018 with imports of 40,139 metric tons of in-bone product with a total value of $36.7 million (Unit value of $914 per metric ton). The volume of 95,254 m. tons imported in 2017 represented 3.1 percent of U.S. exports and was 165 percent higher than in 2016.

There is consistent expansion of the ten, second-tier nations importing broiler meat with average monthly volumes ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 m. tons. This is attributed to the promotional activities of USAPEEC and their regional representatives interacting with traders. Nations with increased imports over 5 months in 2018 included 17th ranked Dominican Republic (+63.3 percent to 18,679 m. tons) and 18th ranked Republic of Georgia (+160.5 percent to 16,241 m tons). These gains were offset by losses in Kazakhstan (-38 percent to 26.360 m. tons), Chile (-18 percent to 27,334 m. tons) and the UAE (-28 percent to 23,159 m. tons).


The volume of turkey meat exported during January-May 2018 increased by 10.5 percent and value rose by 12.8 percent compared to January-May 2018 with unit value increasing by 2.3 percent from $2,176 per metric ton to $2,226 per metric ton.

Mexico received 66.5 percent of turkey meat shipped during the first five months of 2018 representing a 10.5 percent increase over January-May 2017, and comprising 65.0 percent of $254 million in value exported.

Hong Kong, the 2nd-ranked importer of turkey meat after Mexico reduced volume by 20.5 percent compared to January-May 2017 to 5,164 metric tons. In contrast Japan increased volume by 10.6 percent during January-May 2018, importing 3,743 metric tons.

Benin in West Africa imported 3,015 metric tons, a 99.9 percent increase but only representing 2.6 percent of U.S. turkey exports at a unit price of $1,326 per metric ton. This raises questions over the product mix, presumably comprising MDPM, given the low price.


Exports of chicken paws during January-May 2018 increased 2.0 percent in volume compared to January-May 2017 to 69,078 metric tons but with an increase in value of 11.4 percent. There was a 13.6 percent increase in unit value to $1,693 per metric ton. Hong Kong imported 99.1 percent of shipments.

Trade in feet and paws was impacted by the unjustified blanket embargo imposed on the U.S. by China, our largest importer of paws at the beginning of May 2015. This action included all imports from the entire U.S. following outbreaks of H5N2 strain avian influenza in turkey grow-out operations, egg-producing complexes, non-commercial farms and wild birds in the Northwest and North Central states. These areas were completely separated from regions with broiler production.



The June 18th 2018 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report projected broiler exports of 3.227 million metric tons, 4.7 percent above 2018, representing 16.4 percent of total RTC production of 19.681 million metric tons. Projected exports of turkey products will amount to 297,730 metric tons, a 5.4 percent increase over 2018 and representing 11.0 percent of production estimated at 2.71 million metric tons.

Following an inconclusive 8th Round of NAFTA ne

New Egg Supporter


Ralph William Richardson was ‘hatched’ on June 27th weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Ralph is the son of Ashley and Nick Richardson. Ashley serves as the Senior Director of Marketing Communications for the AEB. Ralph joins older sister Georgia, also a supporter of our industry.


Cultural Changes at Whole Foods Affects Suppliers and Employees


It is a year since the acquisition of Whole Foods Market by Amazon for $13.5 billion. After an initial cautious start, the impact of Amazon on Whole Foods is now becoming apparent. There have been extensive layoffs in the 460 stores in the chain with calls for unionization. Executives committed to the philosophy of founder John Mackey have left the company to be replaced by Amazon stalwarts.

Sourcing decision are now more centralized in the company headquarters in Austin and local suppliers have been sidelined. Centralized merchandising, which has facilitated in-store layoffs, will cost suppliers approximately 3 percent for restocking at a rate higher than competing chains. This has elicited criticism from the Specialty Food Association as noted in a feature article by Heather Haddon in the June 3rd edition of The Wall Street Journal.

Whole Foods Market anticipates increased sales from rationalization and the tie-in with Amazon Prime and two-hour delivery service in high-density urban areas.

Irrespective of the financial outcome, the character of Whole Foods Market has changed providing opportunities for clones and competitors.


Nestle Management Under Continuous Investor Pressure


Third Point, an investment group led by activist Dan Loeb, continues to place pressure on Mark Schneider, CEO of multinational Nestle.

Loeb, with a $3 billion shareholding, claims that Nestle is moving too slowly in divesting non-core brands. Schneider intends to sell 10 percent of the current range compared to the demand for a 15 percent divestment by Third Point. A major point of contention is the $32 billion minority investment in cosmetics manufacturer L’Oreal.

Concurrently with the sale of non-core brands, Schneider has been making strategic investments to assure long-term profitability including a deal with Starbucks and an intended purchase of Champion Petfoods, a major producer in Canada which would require a $2 billion investment.

It is noted that Nestle has consistently emphasized welfare in sourcing and has led the group of activists cooperating with E.U. agencies.

Dan Loeb, Thrid Point Investments


E.U. Grocery Chains Combine Resources


Tesco PLC of the U.K. and Carrefour SA of France will establish a joint-purchasing operation. The intention is to lower price, control quality and enhance customer satisfaction and enhance margins.

The arrangement of convenience is stimulated by threats of intrusion into E.U. markets by Amazon which purchased Whole Foods Market for close to $14 billion in 2017.

Previously, EGG-NEWS reported on restructuring of the U.K. food distribution market with the sale of Asda Group, previously owned by Walmart, to J. Sainsbury PLC.

Concurrently, supermarkets in the E.U. are introducing U.S. technology including evaluation of electronic checkout, on-line ordering and home delivery.


HPAI Spread by Migratory Gulls


A study conducted in China confirmed that black-tailed gulls (Laris crassirostris) serve as reservoirs of H13 strain viruses.  Black-tailed gulls breed in Shandong Province in Eastern China but extend widely though Eastern and Southeast Asia.  Vagrant individuals have been recovered from Alaska, the Pacific coastline of North America and the Philippines.


A series of H13N2 and H13N8 isolates were obtained from black-tailed gulls and subjected to phylogenetic analysts.  It was determined that the neuraminidase segments were derived from the Eurasian lineage.  Both isolates possessed high nucleotide sequence identity conforming to subtypes isolated in Europe and North America. It was presumed that the H13 subtypes were reassortants between Eurasian and North American lineages.  Transfer of genetic material was estimated to have occurred from 2007 through 2014 and the complex process was apparently completed during mid-2015.  Although classified as low-pathogenicity strains, both H13N2 and H13N8 demonstrated markers associated with increased virulence and the potential for transmission to mammals.


A serologic survey among chickens in the area in which the gulls were sampled demonstrated titers against both H13N2 and H13N8 (8 percent and 30 percent respectively).  It was concluded that the H13 antibody response resulted from exposure to H13 viruses circulating among free-living birds.  Although the chicken farm from which samples were obtained was approximately 60 miles from the sampling site for gulls, the migratory pathway extended from the coastline over the farms.


This study demonstrated the significance of migratory birds other than waterfowl in the dissemination of avian influenza and the potential to infect commercial poultry.


*Yu, Z. et al Poultry Infection with Influenza Viruses of wild Bird Origin, China, 2016 Emerging Infectious Diseases 24: 1375-1377 (2018)


Food Trust Group Established to Promote Blockchain Technology


Dow Jones has reported on the advances made by the Food Trust in introducing blockchain technology to trace food products from ingredient source through to point-of-sale.


The Food Trust comprises Walmart Inc., Nestle SA, Dole Food Co., Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, The Kroger Company, McCormick, Tyson Foods Inc. and Unilever NV.  As competitors these companies recognize the need to cooperate in developing a standard system.


Blockchain technology was developed by International Business Machine Corporation for a variety of applications including tracing products through the food chain, recording interbank transactions and for air transport and pharmaceuticals.  Blockchain technology clearly establishes ownership and records intermediate nodes in a chain.  The integrity of blockchain is superior to current documentation procedures which are subject fraud, error and delays in establishing the history of ownership of products and components.


Blockchain technology will be instrumental in complying with future legislation and regulations including FSMA.


Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacter spp. now Widely Distributed


A multinational study involving six countries over four continents* disclosed the increasing prevalence of Enterobacter spp. producing carbapenemase.  The study showed a common genetic structure previously identified in highly pathogenic Klebesiella pneumonia.  The epidemiologic implications from the extensive study examining isolates over the period 2008 through 2014 showed that plasmids (mobile genetic elements) expressing carbapenemase genes  move among clones and clades of Enterobacter spp. on a global scale. The authors emphasized

the need for surveillance over human populations and livestock.





*Peirano, G. et al Genomic Epidemiology of Global Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacter spp., 2008-2014  Emerging Infectious Diseases 24: 1010-1018 (2018)


Cal-Maine Foods to Change Charter Relating to Class A-Shares

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., a ‘controlled company’ under NASDAQ rules has convened a special meeting of shareholders on July 20th to approve a change in the charter relating to Class A Common Stock.  This is required to facilitate estate planning for the company Founder and Chairman-emeritus Fred R. Adams, Jr. who served as CEO from 1969 through 2010.


The change in the charter will not alter the status of the company. More than 50 percent of the voting power will held by a group comprising immediate family members exercising control over all of the 4.8 million outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock.


The proposed changes will allow the Management and Board to continue the legacy of Fred R. Adams but will not affect the character or strategy of the company.


Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) will announce Q4 and FY 2018 results on Monday 23rd July.

Fred Adams



P.F. Chang’s Restaurant Chain to be Sold


Centerbridge Partners has retained Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays to explore a sale of P.F. Chang’s Bistro.  The chain was acquired in 2012 and has established a position as a market leader among full-service Asian-themed restaurants.  There are 214 locations in the U.S.  with 93 restaurants franchised in 24 nations.


The press release from Centerbridge noted that P.F. Chang’s Bistro locations generate on average sales of $4.1 million annually.


Steve Silver, Global Co-head of Private Equity at Centerbridge commented, “Given the positive performance of P.F. Chang’s Bistro, and having received multiple unsolicited indications of interest, this is an exciting time to explore a sale.”


Conflict over Proposed Hog Grow-out Operation


A zoning board in Muncie IN has overturned a building permit issued by a County Commission.  The proposed hog farm in a rural area would have housed 10,000 weaners during grow-out.


The Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals classified the farm in Delaware County as an “industrial facility” which is totally illogical. Hogs are livestock and are not “manufactured”


The owner of the proposed operation will pursue legal options to overturn the adverse verdict of the Zoning Appeals Board.


Egg Recall in Germany Due to SE


Eifrisch Vermarktung GmbH located in Oldenburg, Germany issued a recall after detecting SE in a consignment of eggs.


Eifrisch is an integrated producer claiming high levels of welfare and safety.  The affected eggs were distributed through 13 states and were sold by eight major food chains.  There were no reports of illness as a result of contamination.


SE was previously prevalent in Germany in the 1990s but effective control and monitoring procedures closely approximate U.S. procedures and standards.


According to the standard E.U. print code, the affected product was classified as organic and was produced in Germany. Poland has recalled a large quantity of eggs distributed in the domestic and E. U. markets in past months.



Giordano Poultry Plast Displays Twin Pack Special Products at 2018 VIV


Following the purchase of Twin Pack Special Products, soon to be named Gi-Ovo, Giordano Poultry Plast the parent company is implementing integration of the Dutch subsidiary.  A specific stand featuring the Eggs Cargo system and Twin Pack Special Products was arranged by Giordano at the recent 2018 VIV Exhibition in Utrecht, Holland.


Listeria Continues To Present Problems.


Only a week following the declared end of the extensive Listeria outbreak in the Republic of South Africa, the European Center for Disease Prevention Control and the European Food Safety Authority have reported on an outbreak of listeriosis involving 47 cases with nine fatalities in Scandinavian nations, Austria and the U.K.

Whole genome sequencing has implicated frozen corn as the vehicle of infection. The pathogen has been identified as Listeria monocytogenes IVb sequence type ST6 similar to the strain associated with outbreaks implicating frozen spinach and frozen green beans derived from a plant in Hungary. Production at the plant has been suspended pending further investigations and thorough decontamination as required.

The outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes was detected in frozen vegetables in both 2016 and 2017 before the current episode, suggesting that the pathogen has persisted in the plant in Hungary, which is not unusual for Listeria.

The specific vegetable responsible for outbreaks has not been clearly identified suggesting that only the outbreak strains from patients are homologous with the environmental samples from the plant and not from products. Eleven of 26 patients from Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the U.K. reported consuming frozen corn and six out of 15 apparently ate frozen mixed vegetables.

Identifying a source of infection is problematic with an infection characterized by an extended incubation period resulting in consumers failing to recollect what food items were consumed over a protracted period.

Labeling, especially in a multilingual market such as the E.U. frequently does not emphasize the distinction between ready-to-eat items and those that require cooking. This exposes consumers to potential food-borne bacterial infection


Dr. Pearse Lyons Receives Posthumous Award


During July 4th celebrations, Dr. Pearse Lyons, was the posthumous recipient of the Kennedy-Lemass Medal honoring a U.S. leader of Irish heritage who has contributed to strengthening relations between the U.S. and Ireland. 

Dr. Lyons was born in Dundalk and immigrated to the U.S. in 1970. He co-founded Alltech Inc. in the late 1970’s and the company has grown to be an international presence in animal health and more recently feed production employing over 6,000.

The Alltech European Bioscience Center is located in Dunboyne, County Meath. Other facilities in Ireland include the Pearce Lyons distillery in the Liberties in Dublin and Station Works Brewery in Dundalk, County Louth.

In commenting on the award, Dr. Mark Lyons, President of Alltech noted “My father was passionate about Ireland and the United States and spent his life promoting both countries around the world.” He added “He had an extraordinary ability to bring people from all walks of life together to make a difference in the world. This was especially true when it came to cultivating and supporting scientific agricultural technology and agricultural endeavors between the U.S. and Ireland.”

Deirdre Lyons, Alltech co-founder and widow of Pearse commented “He was passionate about his heritage and making a difference in the world, he used his boundless philanthropic spirit to inspire those around him.”

During his lifetime, Dr. Lyons was the recipient of the Ireland-U.S. Council Award for Outstanding achievement and the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal in recognition of the creation of a global business based on scientific research. Dr. Lyons was previously a recipient of the RDS Gold Medal Award for Enterprise for his contribution to Irish business.

Dr. Mark Lyons (left) and Dr. Pearse Lyons (right)

2017 Alltech Symposium


Indiana Attendee at County Fair Infected with Swine-origin Influenza


A visitor to a county fair in Indiana acquired H3N2 influenza presumably from infected swine exhibited at the event. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the first human case of H3N2 in Indiana since 2013.

The statement from CDC noted, “Human infections are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to infected pigs such as in barns and livestock exhibits at fairs.  The patient has not suffered any untoward effect.  The CDC provided recommendations to prevent infection based essentially on good hygiene. The elderly and those with immunosuppressive or respiratory conditions should avoid contact with hogs and swine barns.


News from AEB

  • Starbucks has added Egg Bites to the sous vide range focusing on breakfast menus.
  • AEB presented a webinar to school nutrition professionals to increase breakfast participation in Wake County, North Carolina. AEB is promoting pre-cooked patties which provide school administrators with considerable flexibility in menu options including morning burgers, quesadillas, croissants and combinations with pancakes.
  • USAPEEC exhibited egg products at the Fine Food New Zealand show held in Auckland held in late June. The event highlighted the quality and value of U.S. dried egg products to bakeries in New Zealand and Australia.



Phibro Animal Health Establishes Vaccine Plant in Ireland


According to a July 5th release by Phibro Animal Health, the company has inaugurated a vaccine production plant in the Finisklin Business Park located in Sligo, Ireland.

The plant will produce poultry vaccines initially with expansion into products for other species in the future.

Jack Bendheim, Chairman, President and CEO of Phibro Animal Health noted “The creation of Phibro Ireland marks an important milestone in our development as a leading global player in the animal health biological market.”

The project will create 150 jobs over five years adding to the 1,400 employees of the company which markets products in 65 nations generating $370 million in annual sales.



Opportunity for Egg-Based Snacks


Bee Wilson writing in the Saturday June 9th edition of The Wall Street Journal quantified the market for “between meal” snack foods.  It is estimated that during the period extending from 2002 to 2012 the market for wrapped snack bars in the U.S. doubled to $6 billion, representing approximately 12 percent of the total savory snack food market including potato chips and pretzels.


 The manufacturers of snack bars have identified a guilt factor associated with eating between meals.  By emphasizing the health aspects of products including low sugar and caloric content with protein enrichment, “health” bars have become an important component of the U.S. diet.  The market is characterized by diversity and a high degree of specialization appealing to demographics including athletes, travelers, commuters and those too involved in their lifestyle to eat regular meals.


The most revealing statistic in the article was that Dr. Barry Popkin, Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina has determined that the average American child consumes 450 calories each day from snacks.  This represents an opportunity for creative food scientists to develop egg-based snack foods for children and adults. The inherent nutritional benefits of eggs including amino acid composition, vitamin content and essential fatty acids could be supplemented with additional nutrients.  The challenge will be to produce a consumer-acceptable, shelf-stable snack bars at a price which competes with current and projected products. 


Perhaps the Egg Nutrition Center of the AEB might be motivated to fund development of products by food science departments of Land Grant institutions.  If the attributes of taste, texture, and nutrient content can be combined, food processors will apply technology and create an additional market for eggs and egg products.


Sponsored Announcements

Contribution of Eggs to Diet and Pocketbook


The AEB publishes monthly updates of the nutritional and cost-value of eggs compared to alternative protein ingredients. EGG-NEWS is proud to promote our product. 

The June presentation shows a decrease in the cost of eggs, chicken breast, ground beef, boneless pork chops and beef round roast. The cost of milk has remained the same. Eggs continue to be the least expensive source of high-quality protein followed by milk and chicken breast.

The average cost of eggs decreased by 9 cents, chicken breast by 16 cents, ground beef by 9 cents, boneless pork chops by 4 cents and beef round roast by 1 cent.

Average Retail Cost of High-Quality Protein Foods

Complete Protein Food

Avg. Cost1

Serving Size

Cost per Serving

Calories per Serving 2 (kcal)

Protein per serving (g)

Grams Protein per Dollar Spent (g/$1)

Eggs, grade A large


1 egg





Milk, reduced fat, 2% milkfat


8 oz.





Chicken breast, skinless (boneless)


3 oz.





Ground beef, 90% lean meat


3 oz.





Pork chop (boneless)


3 oz.





Beef round roast, USDA Choice (boneless)  


3 oz.






Job Posting


Hendrix, ISA - USA

Key Account Manager

Job Posting


Hendrix-ISA is seeking two Key Account Managers to join the Sales Team in support of their continued growth as the dedicated supplier of day old commercial chicks to the US egg industry. The territories currently available are:

  1. GA, NC, SC, FLA, MS, TX (Southeast)

  2. AZ, UT, CA, WA, CO (Northwest)

Candidates must have previous experience in flock management, poultry health or related services within the poultry industry. Join our team and become part of an organization that aims to help feed the world.

As part of the team, you will be offered:

Job overview:

· Competitive compensation

  • Delivering sales and service support to key accounts

· Access to a personal benefits package

  • Ability to work within a team to troubleshoot producer issues

· Investment in training and your personal development

  • Work in a fast-paced, self-directed environment

Hendrix-ISA is the dedicated US distributor of layer genetics. As part of Hendrix Genetics, a global multi-species breeding company, we aim to provide Better Breeding Today for a Brighter Life Tomorrow.

To learn more or apply, contact Ken Alvarez, Director of Sales & Marketing at

ken.alvarez@hendrix-genetics.com .


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