CMF’s CEO Adolphus (“Dolph”) Baker attributed the dramatic decline to the growth of the egg alternatives industry, which includes vegan-friendly items such as flax, tofu, and prepared products that contain potato starch and tapioca. In 2015, the avian flu swept across chickens exploited in the egg industry, causing many egg suppliers to mass-slaughter birds.
During that time, egg-free mayonnaise Just Mayo by Hampton Creek rose in popularity in the retail segment—becoming the only mayonnaise used in prepared sandwiches by chain convenience store 7-Eleven—and in the foodservice industry via Compass Group (a leading food supplier of school and office cafeterias nationwide).
Baker says that while “supply” has now been restocked, demand for eggs never recovered.
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