Here’s why you’re paying more for eggs

Tim Bunch, owner of Longstreet Cafe, said eggs no longer return a profit at his longstanding Gainesville diner amid a national spike in egg prices.

He said he is paying nearly 4.5 times more for eggs since the summer, and while he is able to absorb most of that extra cost, he has to pass some of it onto his customers, whose mornings get a little cloudier when they notice the price of their sunny-side-up eggs.

“We hear it everyday,” Bunch said of diners griping about higher prices. “And we tell them, ‘Hey, go to the grocery store and buy some eggs.’”

He said eggs, traditionally a cheap source of animal protein, are no longer a profitable food item for his diner, which has been in business since 1997. Last summer, he paid $30 for 30 dozen eggs. Now, he’s paying $132.

“It’s been horrible on us,” he said. “We’ve had to raise the price about 20%, and that’s still not enough, but we don’t want to overcharge either.”

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Eggs are prepares Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at Longstreet Cafe on Riverside Terrace in Gainesville during breakfast service at the popular restaurant. – photo by Scott Rogers

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