Egg prices could soar as much as 21% this year – Axios

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The price of eggs is expected to rise as much as 21% this year, up from previous estimates of 6%–7%, new government data out today shows.
Why it matters: Eggs are now expected to see the highest increase in price compared to all other staple food groups tracked.
The big picture: Egg prices are a unique reflection of our current economic environment.
State of play: A bird flu outbreak that began in January has killed about 6% of commercial egg-laying chickens in the U.S., and the disease is still spreading.
By the numbers: The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts egg prices will rise between 19.5% and 20.5% this year.
Flashback: The average price of a dozen large, grade A eggs was $2.52 in April and $2.05 in March, compared to about $1.40 in the spring of 2019.
What to watch: The bird flu outbreak is expected to shrink turkey production from last year.