US - As the result of recent avian flu outbreaks in layer flocks, eggs are reported to be in temporarily short supply in some of the leading supermarkets in Minnesota's Twin Cities.
Twin Cities grocery shoppers may have noticed a dearth of eggs this week, as prominent supermarkets – including Cub Foods – are grappling with a bird flu-induced disruption of their egg supplies, reports Star Tribune.
“We have had some disruption in the local supply chain for shell eggs,” said Jeff Swanson, a spokesman for Eden Prairie-based Supervalu Inc., Cub’s owner. “We expect to be back to normal on supplies by next week.”
Cub is the Twin Cities’ largest supermarket chain. Lunds & Byerlys and Kowalski’s both reported similar egg supply interruptions. All three companies’ issues stem at least partly from bird flu woes suffered by Minnetonka-based Michael Foods, one of the nation’s largest egg suppliers.
Mike Oase, vice president of operations at Kowalski’s, said: “We are still getting some eggs, but the supply will get a little thin in the next couple of days.”
Aaron Sorenson, spokesman for Lunds & Byerlys, added: “Some stores still have a fairly strong supply, but in some stores it’s a little spotty.”
Cub, Lunds & Byerlys and Kowalski’s all stressed that the supply gaps are temporary, and that they are lining up new supply sources.
Mr Swanson added: “The key thing is that the consumer should not be concerned about an egg shortage.”
Wal-Mart and Target spokesmen told Star Tribune that their Minnesota stores are not experiencing shortages.
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