2019/1/18  
Egg shortage drives price to 20-year high (2019/01/10)
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  • 英文 English 
    Egg shortage drives price to 20-year high (2019/01/10)

    First it's hot and then it's cold. That's been the weather cycle this winter, and it's taking a toll on hens and their egg production. On Monday, the price of wholesale price of eggs hit the 20-year high of NT$3 a catty. That means a crate of eggs that used to cost NT$300 now goes for NT$840. Across Taiwan, restaurants are struggling to deal with the skyrocketing cost of eggs, which could lead to higher menu prices.

    It's another day at the breakfast shop, and the cook cracks egg after egg onto the griddle. Eggs go great in nearly everything, from sandwiches to teppanyaki noodles.

    This particular shop goes through more than 100 eggs a day. But egg prices are at their highest in 20 years, and that's putting the business in a bind. The owner used to pay NT$300 to NT$500 for a crate of 160 to 170 eggs. These days, the price is upwards of NT$800.

    Breakfast shop owner
    I'm going crazy. Before eggs cost NT$200 to NT$300. Now the price has more than doubled. Eggs are dearer than my own flesh.

    This breakfast shop proprietor is also feeling the pain. For now, most owners have chosen to absorb the added costs and to not raise menu prices. They hope the price rise will ease after the Lunar New Year holiday.

    Member of the public
    Right now I eat eggs very often. But I might not be able to afford to if they become more expensive.

    Media report that there's rationing in some parts of Taiwan, with each customer limited to purchasing a set number of eggs. But the national egg merchants' union said there is no plan to ration eggs. It said that for now, the supply of eggs available for commercial sale is stable.
    中文 Chinese  
    雞蛋漲幅創20年新高 早餐店業者叫苦連天

    這個冬天因天氣忽冷忽熱,造成母雞不易下蛋,蛋商公會7日決定調漲雞蛋每斤3元,雞蛋創下20年最高來漲幅。一箱蛋以往只要300到500塊,現在要840元。有早餐店業者忍不住說,真的快瘋了,還形容現在蛋比肉還貴。

    早餐店煎台上,老闆打上滿滿荷包蛋,不管是夾三明治,還是鐵板麵,很多品項都會加顆蛋。

    以這家早餐店為例,一天就要用掉一百多顆蛋,偏偏蛋價創20年新高,過去一箱約160到170顆雞蛋,進價約300至500元,現在卻大幅漲到800多元。

    [[早餐店老闆]]
    “都快瘋掉了,以前蛋都才兩三百塊而已,現在漲了一倍再多,好貴喔,蛋都比我肉還貴。”

    另一家早餐店老闆,一樣很崩潰。目前業者選擇先自行吸收成本苦撐,要不要漲價?店家都還在觀望年後蛋價變化。

    [[民眾]]
    “現在吃得很頻繁,如果變貴的話,可能負擔不了。”

    有媒體報導,全台鬧蛋荒,有的地方還限制購買雞蛋數量,對此蛋商公會表示,目前沒有限蛋的計畫,供貨量還算穩定。
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