About 30% of 100 listed firms in the restaurant industry in Japan have suspended parts of their menu that use eggs from 2023, credit research firm Teikoku Databank Ltd. announced recently, amid price surges and shortages due to the bird flu outbreak, Takayuki Hakamada reported for Mainichi Japan.
Photo Insert: As wholesale prices of eggs are also rising, the move to suspend egg dishes may spread further.
According to the survey, as of April 5, a total of 28 restaurant giants have decided to suspend egg dishes, such as Chinese food, pancakes and savory steamed egg custard.
The number rose by 10 from the previous survey in March. In stores and on their websites and social media, the restaurants all explained that the main reason was a "severe egg shortage" and "soaring prices."
Though companies are rushing to respond to egg shortages by importing processed egg products and developing alternative menus, they are low in stock due to a decrease in hen egg supplies.
As wholesale prices of eggs are also rising, the move to suspend egg dishes may spread further.