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THE lat­est data has in­di­cated Aus­tralians pur­chased a record num­ber of eggs from su­per­mar­kets in De­cem­ber 2016, 7.9% higher than in De­cem­ber 2015.

Gro­cery scan data from IRI showed 239 mil­lion eggs were pur­chased last De­cem­ber, or 7.7 mil­lion a day. Aus­tralian Egg Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited’s Rowan McMon­nies said it rep­re­sented a na­tional spend of $83.8 mil­lion, $6.3 mil­lion more than De­cem­ber 2015. “While eggs are al­ways pop­u­lar over Christ­mas, this growth is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a trend to­wards greater over­all con­sump­tion of eggs in Aus­tralia,” he said. The news fol­lows the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s ex­port agree­ment with South Korea, which will see Aus­tralian egg farm­ers pro­vide some of the 180 mil­lion eggs it needs each week.

Up to $20 mil­lion worth of Aus­tralian eggs could be ex­ported to South Korea this year.

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