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UK Egg Statistics - Fourth Quarter 2010

by 5m Editor
3 February 2011, at 9:32am

UK - The throughput of eggs through UK packing stations in the last quarter of 2010 was 11.2 per cent higher than the same period of last year, giving an increase for the year of 10 per cent. The average price for the quarter was five per cent lower than the same period of the previous year.

This release shows quarterly information on egg production, usage and prices for the period October to December 2010. It also includes monthly information on the trade in eggs and egg products.

Key points

A total of 6.963 million cases of eggs were packed during the fourth quarter of 2010.

Free-range and organic eggs accounted for 46 per cent of eggs packed in the UK during quarter 4 of 2010, compared with 42 per cent for the same period the previous year.

The average packer to producer price for all eggs for quarter 4 of 2010, was 69.6 pence per dozen, a 4.7 per cent decrease on the same period of 2009.

Commentary

2010 was a 53-week statistical year, with Quarter 4 (October-December) being a 14-week period.

UK packing station throughput by country shows that a total of 20 million cases of eggs were packed in England and Wales during 2010. 4.4 million cases of eggs were packed in Scotland during 2010, and 2.6 million cases of eggs were packed in Northern Ireland during 2010.

UK packing station throughput by type shows that during 2010, laying cage eggs accounted for 50 per cent, free-range eggs accounted for 42 per cent and barn and organic eggs combined accounted for 8.4 per cent of the total throughput.

The percentage split of graded eggs by size shows that in 2010, 5.4 per cent of throughput were very large eggs, 44 per cent were large eggs, 41 per cent were medium eggs and small eggs accounted for 3.6 per cent. Graded seconds accounted for 6.3 per cent of total throughput.

The weighted average 'packer to producer' price of all eggs for 2010 was 70.1 pence per dozen. This was a decrease of 3.5 per cent compared to 2009.

The number of eggs bought by UK processors during 2010 totalled 1.3 million cases.

UK egg processors produced nearly 98,000 tonnes of egg products in 2010. Liquid and frozen eggs accounted for 66 per cent of the total production which for 2010 was 64,500 tonnes.

The latest trade data shows that during the period January-November 2010, the UK imported 3.936 million cases of shell eggs, a fall of 6.2 per cent on the same period last year. Exports of shell eggs for the same period totalled 520,000 cases, which was a 47 per cent rise on the same period during 2009.

UK imports of egg products for the period January-November 2010 stood at 2.457 million cases, an 8.7 per cent fall on the same period last year. Exports of egg products for the period January- November 2010 totalled 114,000 cases, which represents a 28 per cent fall on exports during the same period of 2009.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.