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UK Egg Statistics

01 August 2013

UK Egg Statistics - 1 August 2013UK Egg Statistics - 1 August 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:

  • 6,819 thousand cases of eggs were packed during the second quarter of 2013. Free range and organic eggs accounted for 47 per cent of these, compared to 48 per cent during quarter two of 2012.
  • The volume of eggs processed during the second quarter of 2013 totalled 23 thousand tonnes. This includes a slight fall in the volume used for liquid egg production, but this is offset by a 23 per cent increase in hardboiled egg production.
  • The average price paid by packers to producers for all eggs packed during quarter two 2013 was 91.0 pence per dozen, compared with 88.4 pence per dozen during quarter two 2012.


UK egg packing, price and processing statistics

  • Of the total 6.8 million cases of eggs packed by packing stations in the UK, 5.1 million (75 per cent) were packed in England and Wales. Throughput steadily increased through 2012 and now shows a 7.9 per cent increase on Quarter 2 2012.
  • Broken down by type, intensive eggs accounted for 50 per cent of total throughput. Free range and organic eggs accounted for 47 per cent of the rest.
  • The weighted average ‘packer to producer’ price of all eggs, as shown in Table 2.3, was 91p per dozen. This was an increase of 2.9 per cent compared to the same period in 2012.
  • The number of eggs bought by UK egg processors totalled 1.07 million cases (equating to almost 24 thousand tonnes), a fall of 12 per cent on the same period in 2012, as shown in Table 2.4.
  • Table 2.5 shows that UK egg processors produced 23 thousand tonnes of egg products. The tonnages of eggs used for egg products tend to be lower than the total tonnages purchased in the quarter due to wastage, stocks being held for future months etc.
  • Liquid egg accounted for 64 per cent of the total production and shows a slight fall on the previous quarter. This has been offset by large increases in the volumes of hard boiled eggs, up by 23 per cent on the same period in 2012.

Egg trade data (sourced from HM Revenue and Customs)

  • The latest trade data from HMRC shows that during the period Jan-May 2013, the UK imported 685 thousand cases of shell eggs and exported 121 thousand cases. The May figures show a 56 per cent decrease in imports to 111 thousand tonnes and the export figures show an increase of 61 per cent to 26 thousand tonnes.
  • UK imports of egg products for the period Jan-May 2013 stood at 1.3 million cases (Table 3.2). Exports for the same period totalled 412 thousand cases. The significant rise is mainly due to increased exports of dried whole-egg products.

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