Egg price war no effect on local farm

The price war on free-range eggs between the major supermarket chains Coles, Woolworths and Aldi is not affecting local producer EP Free Range Eggs but potential long-term impacts are unknown.

The Kimba egg producer supplies small markets in Port Lincoln and other shops in the area, along with two Foodland stores in Whyalla.

Leah Traeger, who owns the business with husband Barry, said they tried to keep prices as low as possible.

Free range eggs are very expensive but we try to keep our prices low for our customers

Leah Traeger

“Free range eggs are very expensive but we try to keep our prices low for our customers,” Mrs Traeger said.

“Our carton of a dozen eggs, weighing at 800 grams, costs $3.33, but it is then up to buyers to what they then charge their customers.”

She is not sure whether the price war will go on to affect the company.

“Right now, we don’t know too much about the price war,” Mrs Traeger said.

“We don’t supply to larger chains because of the costs; in Coles and Woolworths you have to pay for the shelf space you put your products on.”

The price war on eggs follows a recent drop in the price of bread and the crisis that hit dairy farmers in 2011 when milk was sold for $1 per litre.