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Top Egg Producing Countries In The World

China knows EGGS-actly where it's at when it come to churning out hens' eggs!

World commercial egg production is setting record-breaking trends, and ten countries top the list for producing this breakfast time and anytime essential. In 2011, among the top 10 egg-producing countries, five countries supplied about 55% of the world's egg needs to the tune of a total of about 64 million metric tons. The current trends in egg production point to developing countries being the biggest suppliers for years to come. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stated that, by 2015, egg production will have reached 70.4 million metric tons. The figures below are based on the total weight, of in-shell, chicken hens' egg before processing.

10. Germany (0.89 billion kilograms in shell)

Germany holds the tenth spot in worldwide egg production, with about 0.89 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. Germany has been the leading proponent in the EU for egg labelling that meets the standards of the EU Commission. Another German first was the inoculation of young hens against salmonella for disease-free eggs. Hygiene coding for eggs was also a German first, and one that assures the buyer of purchasing a safe product.

9. France (0.94 billion kilograms in shell)

France is at ninth place in egg production, at about 0.94 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. Nonetheless, there remains an egg problem with the EU Commission, as French farmers blame the commission for lack of regulation against falling egg prices. This debacle has also affected neighboring Belgium's egg production. One cause was said to be the effects of an EU directive for more humane treatment of laying chickens.

8. Turkey (1.03 billion kilograms in shell)

Turkey comes in eighth in egg production, at 1.03 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. Its egg production facilities and egg quality pass the European Union poultry industry standards. Its egg producers belong to the International Egg Commission as well. Its future egg export markets will include the Middle East on one side and EU member countries on the other.

7. Indonesia (1.22 billion kilograms in shell)

Indonesia is seventh on the world's list of egg producers, at 1.22 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. Egg production in the country has reached 30 metric tons a day. Although much of these eggs are sold locally, Indonesia's target is to increase its egg production to 35 to 50 metric tons a day. Designer eggs, such as "tea eggs" and healthier eggs with lower cholesterol, are popular in the country.

6. Brazil (2.2 billion kilograms in shell)

Brazil makes it to the sixth spot in global egg production, with about 2.2 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. Top states in Brazil in egg production are Sao Paulo, Espirito Santo, Rio Grande do Sul, Goias, and Santa Catarina. Decreased egg exports to Africa have affected its egg production and market, although domestic egg consumption in the country has increased.

5. Mexico (2.516 billion kilograms in shell)

Mexico is fifth in world egg production, at about 2.516 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. Its egg industry has suffered as a result of the H7N3 Avian Influenza, but is recovering fast to remain a world class egg-producer in Latin America. The top areas in Mexico for egg production are Veracruz, Torreon, Campeche, Guanajuato, and Yucatan.

4. Japan (2.522 billion kilograms in shell)

Japan is fourth in egg production, with a total of about 2.522 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. And this does not include the Japanese yuzut eggs, which are said to taste like citrus fruits, or the white yolk eggs that come from rice-fed chickens. Japan is also the leading egg products producer in Asia in exports of liquid and dried eggs. It also produces the safest eggs for raw consumption.

3. India (3.8 billion kilograms in shell)

India is third in egg production, at about 3.8 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. Its estimated compounded yearly growth rate is at over 8%. Factors that influence this growth are the low cost of production and the rise in domestic consumption. The leading egg-producing states in India are Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Haryana, and Punjab.

2. USA (5.6 billion kilograms in shell)

The United States comes in second in egg production, at about 5.6 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. The five biggest egg producing states in the US are Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, and California. Meanwhile, when it comes to poultry production, the US comes out on the top of the list.

1. China (24.8 billion kilograms in shell)

China ranks highest in egg production at 5.6 billion kilograms of unprocessed, in-shell hen's eggs produced annually. According to the FAO, China's egg production, at a 2% compounded yearly growth rate, could reach a growth of about 34.2 million metric tons of eggs per year by 2020. The top egg-producing provinces in China are Henan, Shandong, Hebei, Liaoning, and Jiangsu.

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