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UK Egg Statistics


06 February 2014

United Kingdom Egg Statistics – Quarter 4, 2013United Kingdom Egg Statistics – Quarter 4, 2013

This release shows quarterly information on egg packing, usage and prices. It also includes monthly information on the trade in eggs and egg products.
UK Egg Statistics Reports

Key results

The key results are given below:

  • 6,646 thousand cases of eggs were packed during the fourth quarter of 2013.

    Free range accounted for 42 per cent of all eggs packed, the lowest level of the last three years. Enriched cage accounted for 52 per cent, the highest level of the last three years.

  • The volume of eggs processed during the fourth quarter of 2013 totalled 25 thousand tonnes. The production of liquid egg and egg products increased by 4.2 per cent compared to the previous quarter, and increased by 17.4 per cent compared to the same period of 2012.

  • The average price paid by packers to producers for all eggs packed during quarter four 2013 was 88.2 pence per dozen, compared with 89.7 pence per dozen during quarter four 2012.

Commentary

UK egg packing, price and processing statistics

  • Of the total 6.6 million cases of eggs packed by packing stations in the UK, 5 million (74 per cent) were packed in England and Wales. Throughput has been steadily increasing recently to a peak of 6.8 million cases in Q2 2013. The latest data shows a slight fall in throughput as a result of a smaller laying flock.

  • Broken down by type, eggs from enriched cages accounted for 52 per cent of the total throughput whilst free range eggs accounted for 42 per cent. Barn and organic eggs together accounted for 6 per cent.

  • The weighted average ‘packer to producer’ price of all eggs, as shown in Table 2.3, was 88.2p per dozen. This was a decrease of 1.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2012.

  • The number of eggs bought by UK egg processors totalled 1.19 million cases (equating to 26 thousand tonnes), an increase of 4 per cent on the same period in 2012, as shown in Table 2.4.

  • Table 2.5 shows that UK egg processors produced 25 thousand tonnes of egg products, a rise of 17 per cent on the same period in 2012.

  • Liquid egg accounted for 65 per cent of the total production and shows a slight increase on the previous quarter. Production of other egg products decreased slightly on the previous quarter, as shown in Table 2.5.

Egg trade data (sourced from HM Revenue and Customs)

  • The latest trade data from HMRC shows that during the period Jan-Nov 2013, the UK imported 1,571 thousand cases and exported 265 thousand cases of shell eggs (Table 3.1). The November figures show a 5 per cent decrease in imports on the same period last year to 184 thousand cases and the export figures for November also show a decrease of 56 per cent to 13 thousand cases on the same period last year.

  • UK imports of egg products for the period Jan-Nov 2013 stood at 3 million cases (Table 3.2), a rise of 6.4 per cent on the same period last year. Exports of egg products for the same period totalled 500 thousand cases pending further investigation by HMRC.

February 2014

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