Output 0.4 % yoy $256m est

Value of exports rose

218 % yoy
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New labelling standards introduced in April 2017

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Free range eggs accounted for over half of the industry’s value

Demand continued to increase, driven by growth in population and as a protein substitute for meat. Free range eggs accounted for more than half of the industry’s value, reflecting consumer preferences. The growth in exports was once again boosted by Avian-flu outbreaks in Asia.

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Improving Food Safety

NSW DPI, the NSW Food Authority, Councils and NSW Health are working to reduce the rates of human salmonellosis. As Australia has higher rates of human salmonellosis than other developed countries, the NSW Food Safety Strategy 2015-2021 sets a reduction target of 30%. Initiatives target raw egg product safety at restaurants, training and education for government officers, targeted investment in research, a national focus on reducing foodborne illness, and strong industry implementation of food standards. These have seen notification rates for Salmonella typhimurium drop by more than 50% since 2014.

Exercise Border Bridge

NSW DPI participated in Exercise Border Bridge along with Qld and Australian government agencies, and the plant and livestock industries. Part of NSW’s biosecurity emergency preparedness, the exercise advanced Australia’s capability to respond to a cross border biosecurity emergency and strengthened partnerships with stakeholders. The exercise tested legislation, IT systems and existing arrangements to respond to pest and disease incursions threatening livestock and plant production industries.


The NSW egg industry remained relatively stable in 2017–18 with estimated production of 1.24 billion eggs2. Demand for eggs is being supported by population growth and the rising consumption of eggs as an alternative source of protein in lieu of meat, which has increased in price at a much faster rate than eggs59.

The share of industry production attributable to free-range and organically-produced eggs grew in line with changing consumer preferences. While cage eggs accounted for the largest portion of eggs produced by the industry in terms of volume, free-range eggs accounted for more than half of the industry’s value58.

New standards for free-range egg labelling were introduced in late April 2017 when the national free range egg information standard came into effect. The new information standard was introduced to provide clarity and confidence to producers and consumers when making purchasing decisions.


  • Free-range Eggs
  • Cage Eggs
  • Barn Laid Eggs
  • Organic and other Eggs
Source: IBIS (2018a)


Domestic egg prices rose by 0.7%. This trend was largely because of the growing consumption of high-value industry products, such as free range and organic eggs, which attract higher prices compared with cage and barn-laid eggs, partially offset by a fall in retail prices for free range eggs59.


Exports accounted for 1.9% of national industry revenue in 2017–18, meaning most eggs produced are consumed locally. Despite this, the value of exports rose 218% year-on-year, with NSW exporting 1.3 million kilograms of eggs to the Philippines and 90,000 kilograms to Sri Lanka54.

New and reoccurring outbreaks of avian flu strains in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East were reported in 2017–1877. The Philippines was hardest hit, with more than 2.5 million bird losses (deaths and animals killed and disposed of) in Asia during March–May 2018 alone77.


Source: GTA (2018)


Source: GTA (2018); OIE (2018); REUTERS (2018a)