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UK Egg Statistics


08 May 2012

UK Egg Statistics May 2012UK Egg Statistics May 2012

This release shows quarterly information on egg production, usage and prices. It also includes monthly information on the trade in eggs and egg products. The key results are given below:
UK Egg Statistics Reports

Key points

This release shows quarterly information on egg production, usage and prices. It also includes monthly information on the trade in eggs and egg products. The key results are given below:

  • 6,506 thousand cases of eggs were packed during the first quarter of 2012.
  • Free range and organic eggs accounted for 49% of eggs packed in the UK during the first quarter of 2012, compared with 47% during the first quarter of 2011.
  • The average packer to producer price for all eggs packed during Q1 2012, was 77.3 pence per dozen, compared with 69.7 pence per dozen during Q1 2011.

Commentary

UK packing station throughput by country (Table 2.1) shows that a total of 4.9 million cases of eggs were packed in England and Wales during quarter 1 of 2012. 1 million cases of eggs were packed in Scotland during quarter 1 of 2012, and 0.6 million cases of eggs were packed in Northern Ireland during quarter 1 of 2012.

UK packing station throughput by type (Table 2.2) shows that during quarter 1 of 2012, cage eggs accounted for 48%, free range eggs accounted for 46% and barn and organic eggs combined accounted for 6% of the total throughput.

The weighted average ‘packer to producer’ price of all eggs (Table 2.3) for quarter 1 of 2012 was 77.3 pence per dozen. This was an increase of 11% compared to the same period in 2011.

The number of eggs bought by UK processors (Table 2.4) during quarter 1 of 2012 totalled 1.18 million cases.

UK egg processors produced 24 thousand tonnes of egg products in quarter 1 of 2012 (Table 2.5). Liquid eggs accounted for 73% of the total production which for quarter 1 of 2012 was 17.5 thousand tonnes.

The latest trade data shows that during the period Jan-Dec 2011, the UK imported 3.7 million cases of shell eggs, a fall of 11% on the same period last year (Table 3.1). Exports of shell eggs for the same period totalled 603 thousand cases, which was a 6% increase on the same period during 2010.

UK imports of egg products for the period Jan-Dec 2011 stood at 2.8 million cases, a 6% fall on the same period last year (Table 3.2). Exports of egg products for the period Jan-Dec 2011 totalled 137 thousand cases, which represents a 8% increase on exports during the same period of 2010.

Section 2: UK egg packing and processing statistics

The tables in this section show quarterly information on UK egg packing and processing. Q1 refers to the period Jan-Mar, Q2 refers to the period Apr-Jun etc. The packing station figures include throughput of both graded and ungraded eggs. The weighted average packer to producer prices in table 2.3 are weighted according to the volume of throughput of each egg type by each packing station. From 1st January 2012, egg producers were legally required to house laying hens in enriched colony systems only. Datasets showing the longer term trends can be found on the Defra website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/foodfarm/food/eggs/

UK Packing Station Egg Throughput by Country


UK Packing Station Egg Throughput by Egg Production Type


Average Prices Paid by UK Packers to Producers

Section 3: UK Egg Trade

Trade figures come from HM Revenue and Customs. Trade data marked as provisional may be subject to revision. Datasets showing the longer term trends can be found on the Defra website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/foodfarm/food/eggs/

Section 4: Methodology, Notes and Revisions Policy

  1. The information in this notice is used by the UK government and the EU as evidence for assessing market conditions and evaluating agricultural policy. Other users include the food and farming industry, academia and the general public. Contact details are available on the front page of this notice, for you to send feedback or ask questions about the information provided.
  2. Egg Packing Statistics: Defra runs a quarterly survey of registered UK egg packing stations. It is a voluntary sample survey of 29 respondents that collects information on throughput and prices of graded eggs and sales of ungraded eggs. The response rate is typically 100 per cent and the survey accounts for 75 per cent of eggs packed in the UK. The survey figures are raised up to give UK estimates using information on the number of commercial laying hens, average egg yields, average mortality rates, the proportion of UK eggs that go through packing stations. Throughput by egg type for packing stations not surveyed is calculated using data provided by packing stations responding to the survey. The raised figures are published in this statistics notice and the associated datasets. The figures in this notice therefore represent all Class A eggs passed over a grader in the UK, including seconds. The prices obtained on the survey are weighted according to the volume of eggs packed by each packing station to obtained average prices for the UK.
  3. Egg processing statistics: Defra runs a quarterly survey of all registered egg processors. It is a voluntary survey of 11 respondents that collects information on the number of eggs bought by egg processors and the quantity of egg products produced. The response rate is typically 100 per cent.
  4. In tables that show numbers of eggs the units used are 'thousand cases'. There are 360 eggs in one case.
  5. Trade statistics: These figures come from HM Revenue and Customs, but are validated and adjusted if necessary prior to publication. The Standard Industrial Trade Classification codes used to produce each table are given in the footnotes below the tables.
  6. The data are subject to a variety of validation checks which identify inconsistencies in the data. All data are cleaned prior to publication.
  7. The percentage changes shown are calculated using unrounded figures. Thus any percentage changes calculated using the published (rounded) figures may not equate exactly with the changes shown.
  8. The UK 12 month moving totals represent the sum of the 12 months up to and including the date indicated. They can be seen as a trend measure that is not affected by seasonality.

Revisions policy:

9. Figures in this notice are provisional and subject to revision. We will provide information about any revisions we make to previously published information in this statistics notice, and the associated datasets. Revisions could occur for various reasons, including:

a. if we have not received survey data from respondents we make an estimate based on their previous returns. These estimates will be replaced with actual survey data when it is received.

b. survey respondents occasionally supply amended figures for previous periods.

c. we may also revise the methodology used to raise the survey data to give UK totals.

10. This quarter there are minor revisions to trade data from January 2011 due to amendments received from HM Revenue and Customs.

May 2012

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