Tampa Bay grocery stores, restaurants feeling impact of egg shortage

Some Tampa Bay restaurants are impacted by an egg shortage.
Some Tampa Bay restaurants are impacted by an egg shortage.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A recent egg shortage across the country has caused a shortage of eggs and that could be affecting your weekend brunch plans.

A bird flu outbreak that decimated flocks in the midwest months ago is now taking a toll on your pocketbook right here in the Bay area. At some major grocery store chains you could soon be paying as much as $3.49 for a dozen eggs. That’s up from $2.79 just a year ago.

“It’s ridiculous. I mean, the eggs are just going up too high,” said one shopper.

But it’s not just grocery shoppers feeling the pocketbook pinch. Fast food giant panda express annouced it will begin using a type of corn protein in its fried rice and hot and sour soup.

“They had originally doubled in price. They went up to almost 45 dollars a case. They are starting to slowly come back down but they are still way more than when the egg shortage began,” said Carolyn Edwards of Nikki’s Omelette and Grill on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa.

Mom and pop breakfast joints in Tampa are feeling the sizzle as well. “If I do have an alternative, its usually sausage and biscuits, but I do like my eggs,” said customer Linda Jackson.

Despite the bump in egg prices, customers still packing in for pancakes with a side… sunny side up.

To give you an idea of just how much prices have spiked, three months ago, one egg would cost you about 16 cents. Today, they will cost you about 29 cents a piece. As for when egg supplies are expected to return to normal, there isn’t much relief in sight. The shortage is predicted to last between 18 and 24 months.

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