Egg Processing Sector
Brendan Bassendowski - Eggsolutions EPIC Inc. - Lethbridge, AB
Ian McFall - Burnbrae Farms - Lyn, ON
This growing sector transforms
shell eggs into liquid egg, powdered egg, frozen
products and ready to eat items. It purchases from the
Egg Farmers of Canada some 125 million dozen eggs for
use within Canada and in export markets. These purchases
are supplemented by purchases of imported shell eggs or
liquid egg product totalling the equivalent of another
60 million dozen in addition to Canadian off-grades,
eggs from the vaccine program and the Eggs for
CPEPC’s Egg Processing member companies operate 12 plants in Canada and represent 100% of the industry. With estimated direct employment of more than 600 Canadian workers, Council's Egg Further Processors have invested over $100 million in plant and equipment.
Sector members continue to work with their customers to develop new value-added food products containing processed egg products. This has enabled the egg further processing industry to expand its operations and to increase both domestic and export sales.
New technology and changing lifestyles are combining to create new market opportunities for egg further processors. When the supply management system for eggs was established, this sector accounted for only 5% of Canada's eggs. Today, further processed eggs represent approximately 30% of the Canadian egg market.