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12x Free Range Eggs 600g Now $3.80 Every Day @ Coles & Woolworths

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Saw this on TV just now. Permanent price drop from today. Thought it worth sharing. Enjoy :)

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  • I wouldn't buy the caged eggs, no matter the price, but good to see the price of free range coming down.

    • +12

      i don't know if there is real objective evidence that free range is better for the birds. (although it makes sense to assume hens like other animals would like space to roam in)

      There is good evidence that rate of a range of bugs (parasites, bacteria, viruses) are much lower in caged eggs. So less chance of food poisoning perhaps if you are making mayonnaise.

      At the end of the day I buy free range eggs mainly because of peer pressure. At the end of the day I don't really know that the brands I buy treat the hens well. If I genuinely cared I would probably look into this in more detail.

      If hen welfare is really your passion then you should be advocating for farms which are known for good animal care rather than saying "I will never buy caged eggs."

      • +3

        Four to six raw free range eggs (sadly from the supermarket the last 8 months, our own before then) every day for over a year. Bite my tongue, haven't gotten sick yet! (But don't forget to wash the shell first)

        • +1

          Hospitals see patients with terrible things coming out of them from that. Wouldn't recommend it.

        • @tomkun01:

          I know a nurse who saw parasites in a brain surgery, the guy loved sushi… bugger!

      • +5

        There are levels of caring. I don't necessarily have the motivation or interest to campaign for hen welfare, but I can increase demand for free range eggs and reduce demand for caged ones.

        • +2

          A dollar spent is worth a vote. Companies may not care about animal welfare (or humans for that matter) but they may care if consumer spending trends hurts their bottom line.

        • +1

          Purely out of curiosity, can you really taste or figure out the difference of a cage egg and a so called free range egg?

        • +1

          @youbeokay: They are more yellow and often have slightly bigger yolks (for the same weight of egg). Other than that I can't really taste a difference.

        • Egg producers can add synthetic colorants, like canthaxantin, to their feed to make the yolks more yellow. Canthaxantin has been associated with eye and liver issues.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canthaxanthin

        • +2

          @youbeokay: Yes you can differentiate the taste, especially if you are making a huge omelette or a jumbo egg custard (requiring at least a dozen of eggs - with the yolk of course).

          Chickens living a happy life -> apple mango juice coloured yolks
          Chickens in slavery -> orange juice coloured yolks
          Yolks Reference

          Egg is my everyday breakfast and after a while I prefer free-range (I used to buy the cheapest eggs).
          I'm pretty sure I've bought almost every brand sold at my local supermarkets.
          I can tell you some eggs that claim to be "free-range" or "cage-free" can be a hit and miss -> sad yolk.
          I don't know how long those eggs were stored in their warehouse before they put them on display, but I've never been disappointed with Aldi's free-range so far.
          Happy chicken happy yolk happy breakfast and more importantly less stress! (good free range eggs are super easy to peel).

        • @brokenglish: Great comments. If you are not disappointed with Aldi's FR eggs, you should not be let down by Coles' or WWs' as they should be from same farm. Check the grower code on the shell as they should be identical.

    • +3

      I don't bother with free range eggs, especially not with articles like this floating around http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-09/australians-ripped-off...

    • +1

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uIqgTmLTdU&app=desktop
      Don't believe everything it says/written.

  • +2

    No doubt the bottom end of 'free range' though, pun intended

    • +11

      All eggs come from the "bottom end".

      • +1

        Hence 'pun intended'

  • Incidentally, the 700g variant has dropped to $4.90 (every day price).

    • Yep, you're right. Just posted the cheapest variant. 800g pack is down to $5.20 as well.

      • $5 for 800g at Cole's is standard. Just saying.

        Holy Necro post how did I even get here?

  • +8

    About the same price as Woolworths. It's an EGG WAR as reported in this EGGSclusive:

    http://www.animalsaustralia.org/media/in_the_news.php?articl...

    • I can't find a link to the Woolies price so I can add it to the post. Would you happen to have it handy?

      • +1

        Doesn't look to be reflecting online yet, so I assume store only for now. Article is a week old.

        • I may just add it to the title & put a link to your comment in the description. Thanks again!

      • was advertised in last friday's herald sun p17 and woolworths late week specials :)

        http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/coles-smashes-free-r...

    • +1

      Poor hens will be working overtime

  • Anyone know the Aldi price for 600g/700g off the top of their head?

    • I think 700g ALDI free range is $4.65 (I think)

    • +3

      $3.99 600g / $4.39 700g

      Guessing the 600g (from memory), but 700g from a receipt yesterday. No idea if differs store to store.

      • Confirming the 600g free range price is $3.99 at Aldi

      • They went down overnight. I think it's $3.99 700g now

  • +25

    This isn't a bargain, it's just the new normal price. It's not on sale…

    • +3

      I was going to ask where the <b>bargain</b> was…

      • +20

        Not here, considering you will always be able to get them at this price…

        It's just an announcement and belongs in the forums

        • True and may be you can report it, but I dont see any reports though yet to Mods.

        • +7

          @Gaggy: GoGo Gadget Oz Bargain Police!! wee-oo-wee-ooo-wee-ooo

        • +2

          @MelBourne:
          that played nicely in my brain.

    • +1

      Well, if TA had indeed negotiated a bargain for us, what do you think the coupon code will be?

      • +9

        SCRAMBLEDARSE

      • OUTOFCHICKENARSE

      • CLUCKYARSE

    • +3

      They could not keep up with the demand for eggs if cage eggs were abolished

      Why not ?

      • +1

        $2/doz

        Where can one get them for that price?

        • Where can one get them for that price?

          Grow your own…

        • Evidently you can't, so I suppose the argument of being unable to keep with demand doesn't compute ;)

          (Disclosure: I have studied free range egg farming extensively as a business proposition)

        • Grow your own…

          I would but my kitty plays rough.

    • +1

      Mmmm they stopped selling caged eggs in the UK because there was no more demand for them. Market forces are funny like that.

      • +3

        No, they didn't. They just re-named them "enriched cages" and allowed them to be labelled as "free range". There are 90 birds per cage, with each bird having a 75cm-square allotment of space. 75% of all eggs sold in the UK are from "enriched cage" free-roaming sources/farms. The only difference between that and Australia, is that we require a 56cm-square per chicken allotment of space as our minimum standard for caged chickens.

        • My bad, they banned battery cages and now the minimum is the "enriched cages". This is not a re-name however (and are definitely not allowed to label them free range!), they are actually better for the chooks:

          New ‘enriched’ cages are the only type of cage now allowed in the EU and have replaced 'battery' cages. Each hen must have at least 750cm2 of cage area and a minimum cage height of 45cm. No cage should have a total area less than 2000cm2. Cages have a nest, litter, perching space, a scratching area and a feed trough and drinking system (7). However, these measurements still fail to allow adequate space for the hens to perform many important natural behaviours (2).

          Battery cages, which are now banned, had a stocking density of 12 hens per square metre (1) which left them with no room to flap and stretch, bathe in dust, perch or use a nesting area (4). Cages were arranged in rows of 3-6 tiers inside huge, windowless sheds containing up to 30,000 birds. Heating, ventilation, lighting, feeding and watering were automatically controlled. Egg-laying was promoted by light and artificial lighting was kept on for 17 hours a day to help increase production. Hens were unable to fulfil their basic behavioural needs and the resulting frustration led to aggression.
          (https://www.vegsoc.org/layinghens)

          I might have actually been thinking about Germany or Switzerland in regards to banning cage eggs completely.

          The point is, the market will adjust depending on demand and government regulation. There will not be a situation where there are no eggs available to purchase, just the cost would be affected. And obviously the cost will go down the more eggs are produced in these methods.

          BTW your statistics in regards to consumption of cage vs free is completely off:

          Over the last decade, Australian consumers have increasingly embraced the global ethical food movement. A 2014 Voiceless national survey of 1,041 adult Australians found 61% of respondents have bought ‘free range’ or ‘humanely’ derived animal products on animal welfare grounds.34 This is consistent with a 2011 Voiceless study, which found 80% of individuals supported a battery cage ban.

          In the UK, sales of cage-free eggs have overtaken sales of battery eggs,35 while Australian sales of cage-free eggs (including free range, barn laid and organic) now making up 59% of the grocery/retail production market share.36

          Australian retailers have responded to this change in consumer sentiment, with Coles ending the sale of Coles-branded caged eggs in 2013,37 and Woolworths announcing that it will phase out caged eggs from sale and the use of caged eggs in the ingredients of their own brand products by December 2018.38
          (https://www.voiceless.org.au/the-issues/battery-hens)

      • +2

        How about this argument for something close to Australia's hearts:

        If there's suddenly a large number of people wanting to eat whales do we start ocean farming them because there's a demand for it?

        • +1

          Feminists live on land, you don't need to farm them at sea.

  • +5

    This is an eggcellent deal…

    • +2

      So this is a serious post?
      No yolking?

      • +3

        these jokes are half-boiled

        • +4

          Scrambling for a pun here but my brain is fried, I may have to poach one from a previous post if I can't crack one myself.

    • I've been downvoted for much more clever/original puns

  • +2

    Bought these once before, they tasted like fish which is because I suspect they feed them some sort of cheap fish meal. I'll stick to name brands for now

    • +15

      they tasted like fish

      Salmonella perhaps ?

      • +1

        classic JV

        • no, but it was funny?

    • I haven't noticed that in the Aldi free range eggs.

      • +3

        the Aldi free range eggs.

        I reckon tassieeagle accidentally bought fish eggs, instead of free range eggs.

        • +1

          Haha was cheap caviar then

    • -1

      It is caused by the Canola meal added into the feed. Check this out

      https://www.aecl.org/assets/RD-files/Outputs-2/DAQ-303AA-Fin...

  • +5

    12x 600g Free Range Eggs Now $4.20

    Those are some HUGE eggs! What do they come from a dinosaur?

    Good price for 7.2 kg of egg. :)

    • +1

      You don't need to use dinosaurs to achieve this - one ostrich egg is 1600-2300g.

      • I considered that, but hyperbole gets more laughs. ;)

  • +2

    Why are 600g for 12 free range eggs called "large"?

    Where are the normal and small sizes?

    Woolies "Large" cage eggs are 700g and cost $2.79. Larger, cheaper and probably from the same barn.

    I do not trust "Free range". I do not trust "Organic". I do not think price is an indicator of quality most of the time in groceries.

    I am very jaded sorry.

    • Why are 600g for 12 free range eggs called "large"?

      read the title…

      It doesn't say "600g for 12 free range eggs",
      it says "12x 600g Free Range Eggs"

      • Not any more

  • +12

    I posted this comment before in another topic and I think people should be aware of the term free range.

    I bought WW and Coles free range for about a year before switching to Sunny Queen free range. (cheapest free range that was listed in the free range eggs report that complies to the free range standard). They are dearer than homebrand free range (about $0.85~0.98/100g depending if there is a promotion).
    I understand not all people can afford free range eggs but if you do, please choose wisely.

    My previous post:
    I know this may be slightly off topic but I'm still fuming over the fact that chicken/egg supplier does not need to adhere to a standard before they can label their products as free range.

    Hopefully this link will help promote awareness of the term "free range" label on chicken/eggs. Don't pay crazy amount of money just because "Free range" is stamped on the product.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/what-youre-really-ge...

    https://www.choice.com.au/~/media/619b60e5a1f04b2191d09fd9da...

    http://www.freerangefarmers.com.au/uploads/7/4/2/0/7420102/f...

    • +1

      I'm still fuming over the fact that chicken/egg supplier does not need to adhere to a standard before they can label their products as free range.

      Totally agree!

    • One episode of "Dirty Jobs" had a turkey farm, they were tons running around the barn. Didn't look much nicer than being in a cage (and probably a "true" representation, given it had nothing to do with free range vs cage, it was just showing what the workers do for a day).

    • +1

      And apparently they want to ban or severely punish those who record what really goes on in farms so us folk will find it even harder to determine whether standards are met.

      "Our eggs meet the free range standards. The hens in our farms are basically living in heavenly paradise. You don't need to check, just truuuuuuuust us."

      Yep.

    • +1

      Was about to post the same info.

      TLDR;
      It's generally agreed that "free range" means 1500 birds per hectare. However there's no law enforcing this distinction yet in Australia (choice are campaigning for it).
      Pretty much all cheap eggs labeled "free range" aren't really free range by the above definition. Both woolies and Coles egg chickens are kept at a density of 10,000 (!) birds per hectare.

      To know which brands actually comply simply download and keep the following chart-
      http://localfoodconnect.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fr...

      • Thanks for that link ory_zm

      • +1

        There's never been any consensus about free range, because it's a marketing term, not a standard. It's never been a legislated standard either.

      • +1

        Your TLDR; summary is longer than your opening comment!

        • ha ha that was meant to be a TLDR for @ST's comment but ended up not much shorter! I still thinks it summarises the info you need quite nicely.

    • +2

      Thanks for posting this - I stopped buying coles/woolies/aldi free range eggs when I discovered this myself. I'll only now support farmers who have maximum 1500 hens per hectare, like Sunny Ridge (I love the smiles on their eggs too!). And I find the price increase is only a little more per egg so it's more than worth it!

  • +1

    420 NO SCOPE

  • 600g egg? That is one big egg.

  • +1

    Sticking to $3.99 Aldi free range or cage free variety even if W&C beat that down the track. Healthy competition is good.

  • +1

    at my local fruit shop free range eggs are $3 or sometimes 2 for 5 for 500g

    • +2

      why u no post on osbargano

    • +1

      at my local fruit shop free range eggs are $3 or sometimes 2 for 5 for 500g

      at my local poultry shop organic bananas are $3/kg or sometimes 2kg for $5

  • +8

    No thanks, I don't want my eggs from chickens that are roaming around not focusing on their job.

    • +2

      Careful what you wish for…

      Before long, our local eggs will be outsourced to India…

  • I'm fairly sure this is only being advertised for the sake of Halloween this Saturday…

    • +1

      That would be scary…

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