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Eggs On the Menu at Gulfood 2018

American Egg Board nurturing export opportunities in the Middle East

CHICAGO, Ill. (Feb. 20, 2018) – At Gulfood 2018 this week in Dubai, the American Egg Board (AEB), the research, education and promotion arm of the U.S. egg industry, is supporting American egg producers’ export efforts by showcasing the benefits of U.S. eggs and egg products to a large and influential international audience. Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food event with exhibitors and displays spread out across one million square-feet of exhibition space. Over the course of the five-day trade show from February 18-22, upwards of 97,000 visitors are expected from 185 countries, opening up new business opportunities and new trade possibilities for exhibitors and attendees alike.

Dubai is considered the region’s gastronomic capital, and as the host location for the trade show, places exhibitors in the center of robust economic opportunities. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia represent 90 percent of the Gulf Coast Countries’ (GCC) Food & Beverage (F&B) market. Hotels and mega tourism projects have spurred rapid growth in the region, and café culture is on the rise. In addition, U.S. fast food brands are popular locally with the burgeoning number of younger residents-more than half the population in the area is under 30-years-old with a generous amount of disposable income.

The Middle East market represents a strong growth opportunity for U.S. egg exports. According to figures supplied by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, 2017 volume exports of U.S. table eggs to the Middle East increased 88% compared to 2016. The export volume of U.S. egg products increased 83% in 2017 over 2016. The United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, the host country for Gulfood, accounted for the bulk of U.S. egg exports purchased in the Middle East.

“The American Egg Board (AEB) is thrilled to participate and showcase our nutrition-packed, affordable and high-quality eggs at this world-class venue with strong partner organizations, including USAPEEC,” said Anne L. Alonzo, AEB President and CEO. “AEB is proactively supporting our egg producers in their quest to build demand and develop new markets outside U.S. borders, where great opportunities for growth exist. The Middle East is a key market for us, and our increased participation in Gulfood 2018 evidences our interest.”

At AEB’s booth (D4-48) attendees will be served up deviled eggs as well as can meet with Ms. Alonzo and egg producer representatives, who will be on hand to help foster the growth of U.S. egg exports.

The AEB’s Incredible mascot-Eggy-will also make appearances at the show to greet attendees and bring attention to the benefits of U.S. eggs and egg products.

Additionally, AEB in partnership with the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), is co-sponsoring a series of cooking demonstrations in the “Taste of the U.S.A.” pavilion located at stand ZP-D22 in the Dubai World Trade Center. Chefs from the Emirates Culinary Guild, the leading chef's organization in the Middle East, will serve attendees dishes representing global cuisines, with recipes that showcase U.S. egg products and other U.S. export items. The “Taste of the USA” Pavilion is strategically located directly across from the Salon Culinaire — the premier chefs’ cooking competition, sponsored by the Emirates Culinary Guild.

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American Egg Board Launches Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest

The Incredible Egg initiates second nationwide search for FFA chapters doing exemplary work in agriculture

CHICAGO, Ill. (Jan. 15, 2018) – Today, the American Egg Board (AEB), the marketing arm of America’s egg farmers, kicked off its second Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest. The contest encourages members of the National FFA Organization (FFA) — an intracurricular student organization for young people interested in agriculture — to nominate their local chapters and the incredible work they’re doing for a chance to win one of three grants worth up to $2,000.

“We launched this Incredible! grant contest to recognize the important work being done by young people in FFA chapters around the country, and to also celebrate America’s future farmers,” said AEB President & CEO Anne L. Alonzo. “We are continually impressed with the passion of today’s young people making a positive impact on our world. Organizations like FFA play a key role in helping these students find opportunities for leadership in agriculture to do just that.”

The AEB received more than 500 entries for its inaugural Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest in 2017. Of those entries, three winners were selected: Cass City FFA (Grand Prize Winner), Hope FFA (Runner-Up #1) and Rio Rico FFA (Runner-Up #2).

To Enter the Contest
Entries can be submitted via an online submission form with a description of what makes the nominated chapter incredible and how the grant funds would be used to positively impact the chapter. Submissions will be accepted until 11pm ET on Thursday, February 15, 2018. You must live in one of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. to be eligible for entry. Winners will be announced on or after March 2, 2018. Nominated chapters will have a chance to win one of three grants – one for $2,000 and two for $1,500.

For more information and official contest rules, please visit .

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American Egg Board and Tyson Foods Partner on Disaster Relief

ATLANTA (January 30, 2017) – The American Egg Board (AEB) and Tyson Foods today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) affirming their intent to partner in natural disaster relief efforts on an ongoing basis. The MoU sets forth a framework for cooperation in the delivery of aid and was signed by representatives from both organizations at one of this country's largest industry shows, the International Product & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.

"America's egg farmers are committed to feeding Americans in good times and in times of crisis. Our egg farmers have a history and culture of jumping in during natural disasters to share their eggs and egg products - a welcome and portable nutritional powerhouse. During Hurricane Harvey, U.S. egg farmers distributed over 800,000 egg servings. With Tyson as our trusted partner in natural disaster philanthropic efforts going forward, we'll be able to fully leverage our reach and effectiveness," said Anne L. Alonzo, AEB President & CEO.

Throughout Tyson Foods' history, the company's team members have been quick to respond when disaster strikes in or near their communities. In 2012, the company unveiled a new tool for use in disaster response. As part of the Meals that Matter® disaster relief program, the company outfitted a 53-foot-semi-trailer with refrigerated space to store up to 20,000 pounds of product and dry storage to transport supplies to set up a feeding site and support Tyson Foods cook teams.

The company's disaster relief efforts include deployments in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and Moore, Oklahoma, as well as flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Houston.

"Our company purpose is to raise the world's expectations for how much good food can do," said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility at Tyson Foods. "We're grateful to have the American Egg Board assist our disaster relief efforts and aid in bringing our purpose to life."

AEB Chairman Jeff Hardin, Cal-Maine Foods, who was part of the AEB and Tyson Hurricane Harvey Conroe, Texas, cook site effort also remarked:

"There's a tremendous need for food in disasters like this, and egg farmers feed people. We benefitted from Tyson's know-how and substantial operations on the ground. In turn, they were delighted to be able to include our eggs in the effort. Eggs and chicken are perfect proteins, and this is a perfect partnership opportunity."