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Old 08-30-2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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Brown Eggs/White Eggs

For several months now, our go to super market has been pushing white-shelled eggs over brown-shelled eggs. For example, this week's flyer has white eggs at $0.69/Doz. while brown eggs are $1.39/Doz. That's double the price!

I know the difference is the type of chickens the eggs come from and that they are no different in flavor.

I assume it's because egg farmers have switched to white egg hens for some reason or other. Around eastern MA, brown eggs have always been prevalent with white eggs just showing up around Easter.

Has anyone in other parts of the country experienced this??
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:32 PM   #2
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Interesting. Brown eggs here are of course available. But it is white eggs that are predominant.
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:39 PM   #3
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The average supermarket has 38,000 different products that all need to be differentiated in some way. The color of an eggshell may be meaningless but seems like a harmless advertising gimmick. Nefarious strategies abound on almost every shelf in the store.

I have no way of knowing what color eggs were most common in my area before the beginning of the agro-industrial era. I'm only 65 years old after all.
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:46 PM   #4
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CharlieD and skilletlicker, do you see significant price differences between the two different egg colors?
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:03 PM   #5
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I don't see that big of a price difference, 5-10 cents at most. See bigger differences in free range and organic. I get my eggs from the farmer up the road $2 for a dozen and a half.
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I've lived half my life in the Midwest and half in the south, and white eggs were definitely predominant in both places, at least at your average grocery store. That being said, I've been seeing a bit more brown in the last decade at regular grocery stores. I've only been shopping Whole Foods for about a decade, and they have always had about 50/50. I buy brown. My husband swears he can taste a difference and that brown are better. I can't see any taste difference, but the price difference isn't big enough for me to fuss over it, so I just go with it.
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:36 PM   #7
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I think brown eggs are about twice the price. White shell mass production eggs are usually "on sale" for about $.79 a dozen. I don't look closely at the Kroger alternatives because I don't trust the "organic" or "cage free" labels to represent better product quality or humane animal treatment.

I wish I had a farmer up the road. Or even decent access to a farmers market.
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Old 08-30-2017, 03:22 PM   #8
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My bet is that chickens that lay white eggs are more productive, therefore cheaper per egg. Here is GA the browns are about 2X more expensive and I neither can tell the difference.
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Old 08-30-2017, 03:28 PM   #9
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CharlieD and skilletlicker, do you see significant price differences between the two different egg colors?
I live in the same part of the country as Charlie and I don't see any price differences at all. Some stores carry mostly white eggs; others carry mostly brown. Around here color seems to be driven by the supplier more than any consumer demand for one over the other.

I usually buy whatever the store carries, and I couldn't even tell you which kind I have in the fridge at any given time.
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Old 08-30-2017, 05:58 PM   #10
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There's no difference in the eggs. People in New England prefer brown eggs, so white eggs are less expensive (at least in New England).
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