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UK Egg Statistics


09 May 2014

United Kingdom Egg Statistics – Quarter 1, 2014United Kingdom Egg Statistics – Quarter 1, 2014

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

  • 6,671 thousand cases of eggs were packed during the first quarter of 2014.

    Free range accounted for 43 per cent of all eggs packed, which was an increase of 1 per cent on the previous quarter. Enriched cage accounted for 51 per cent, which was a decrease of 1 per cent on the previous quarter.

  • The volume of eggs processed during the first quarter of 2014 totalled 24 thousand tonnes. The production of liquid egg and egg products increased by 4.3 per cent compared to the same period the previous year.

  • The average price paid by packers to producers for all eggs packed during quarter one 2014 was 87.1 pence per dozen, compared with 88.2 pence per dozen during quarter four 2013.

Commentary

UK egg packing, price and processing statistics

  • Of the total 6.7 million cases of eggs packed by packing stations in the UK, 5 million (74 per cent) were packed in England and Wales. Throughput has increased slightly from the previous period as a result of a small increase to the size of the laying flock.

  • Broken down by type, eggs from enriched cages accounted for 51 per cent of the total throughput whilst free range eggs accounted for 43 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 87.1 pence per dozen. This was a decrease of 5.6 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.

  • The number of eggs bought by UK egg processors totalled 1.1 million cases (equating to 24 thousand tonnes), a decrease of 2 per cent on the same period in 2013, as shown in Table 2.4.

  • Table 2.5 shows that UK egg processors produced 24 thousand tonnes of egg products, a rise of 4 per cent on the same period in 2013.

  • Liquid egg accounted for 64 per cent of the total production and shows a slight fall on the previous quarter. Production of other egg products also 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-Feb 2014, the UK imported 263 thousand cases and exported 54 thousand cases of shell eggs (Table 3.1). The February 2014 figures show a 4 per cent decrease in imports on the same period last year to 122 thousand cases and the export figures also show a decrease of 3 per cent to 24 thousand cases on the same period last year.

  • UK imports of egg products for the period Jan-Feb 2014 stood at 0.5 million cases (Table 3.2), a fall of 13.1 per cent on the same period last year. Exports of egg products for the same period totalled 22 thousand cases. A comparison with 2013 exports are unavailable, due to the current investigation by HMRC.

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