interview with John Brunnquell, President & CEO at Egg Innovations:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: Egg Innovations is the animal welfare leader for laying hens providing free range and pasture-raised eggs that are a step beyond the cage free market. Egg Innovations leads the way in regenerative agriculture practices and the ethical treatment of animals as the world’s leader in 100% Free Range and Pasture-Raised eggs. Working with family farms and over a thousand acres of pastureland dedicated to egg-laying hens, Egg Innovations provides premium eggs with the Blue Sky Family Farms and Helpful Hens brands.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: It is an honor to be named by the Best Specialty Eggs Producer 2021 – USA and also to earn the Innovation Award for Regenerative Farming Practices – USA in the annual Agriculture and Farming Awards presented by New World Report. We are leading the premium egg category through our commitment to quality and care of both the hens and the Earth and this is a humbling recognition honoring our efforts as we are on a journey to be in harmony with nature, one egg at a time.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: Egg Innovations is offering the first to the market regeneratively farmed eggs through Helpful Hens. Helpful Hens is restoring the soil with climate friendly farming practices that build and nurture ecosystems on farm. Our regenerative farming practices build on the sustainability of our organic production to include planting cover crops, trees, and diversifying pasture foliage. This cultivates an environment for pollinators to thrive, while also offering cover and protection for the chickens.
Our Blue Sky Family Farms eggs give consumers the chance to purchase high quality premium eggs that are raised with family values as the care of our hens is the top priority. Because hen health is our #1 priority, we are committed to making sure that they are cared for in a way that lets them express their five natural behaviors of perching, scratching, socializing, dust bathing, and pasturing. We are committed that every single one of our eggs comes from a chicken that gets to live her best life because we believe: healthy, happy chickens lay delicious eggs.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: To continue making the world a better place one egg at a time! We want to continue to meet the consumers’ demand for quality, humanely produced eggs. For us it means we break out of just cage free and expand to ensure that our hens truly have the freedom to roam and express their natural tendencies. We are focused on high quality animal care through our American Humane Certification, as well as earth-friendly practices through our farms’ regenerative care. We want to continue growing into new markets to meet the demand from consumers for our products and to support the Helpful Hens brand as it is the fastest growing premium egg in the market.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: Our people! From the family farms that are caring for the flocks to the team of employees at Egg Innovations; we are committed to doing the right thing, the best we can. Our mission is Chickens. People. Planet. Our team lives the mission; it’s who we are and what we do.