26th April, 2023
Why is there a shortage?
- The transition from caged eggs to cage-free eggs by major retailers
- Closure of several egg suppliers
- Increased input costs
The egg shortage that has plagued the industry since 2022 has continued into this year as a variety of market conditions has made consistent supply harder to come by. COVID increased demand relative to supply and also significantly increased operating costs. There is now a push from major retailers to transition from caged eggs to cage-free eggs which is having a significant impact on caged eggs - which traditionally make up the bulk of egg supply in Australia.
On top of that several major egg suppliers have closed as a result of the challenging climate, further reducing supply and making it even hard for the industry to increase output.
What is Moco doing to work through the shortage?
- Working with new suppliers to minimise the disruption to supply
- Managing incoming inventory to balance future needs with current customer needs
- Supplying alternatives to fresh eggs
At Moco we’re working with a variety of suppliers to ensure continuity for stock even if it is not always the exact same product, but providing alternatives of similar sizes or quantities.
How can you handle the shortage?
- Set email reminders for OOS products in the Moco app, so that you know when they're available
- Look at product substitutions
- Switch to alternatives
It's best to be nimble and plan ahead for any shortages, to ensure you always know when any new stock arrives you can set email reminders in the Moco app or you can talk to your Moco rep to work through your specific needs.
What are the best alternatives for fresh eggs?
For your savoury dishes like continental breakfasts, Sunny Queen Egg’s Scrambled Egg Mix needs only to be boiled in the pouch to deliver natural-tasting scrambled eggs. If customers prefer poached eggs for their breakfast plate, why not serve Sunny Queen Egg’s Large Poached Eggs? They also work well in sandwiches, salads, and burgers for lunch.
If your recipe requires egg whites only, Sunny Queen Egg’s Egg White Albumen will help you craft the perfect omelette or create a delicious meringue for dessert. If these frozen products are not for you, there are other alternatives.
Mayonnaise is made with egg and oil that can give you the binding required for baking bread, cakes, and pastries. Vegan mayonnaise in particular, has been used for years in plant-based baking as an egg and dairy substitute. Vegan Mayonnaise is gluten-free and perfect for your salads, sandwiches, and wraps, meeting a wide range of customers’ dietary requirements.
You can order all these egg alternative products, ready-made solutions, and more from our ordering app for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.