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Egg Packing Station Volume 5 Per Cent Higher Than Last Year

by 5m Editor
4 August 2008, at 9:45a.m.

UK - The latest statistics covering the second quarter (Q2) of 2008 show that both the volume and value of eggs going through packing stations are on the rise.

United Kingdom packing station throughput stood at 6.133 million cases in Q2, which is 5.1% up on the same quarter last year, according to the latest statistics from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Only in Scotland was the volume lower than the previous quarter but it was still significantly higher than Q2 2007.

Output from all production types - cages, barn, free-range and organic - were all higher than in the previous quarter. The respective shares of total output now stand at 58.6% from cages, 3.7% from barns, 31.7% from free-range and 6.0% from organic farms.

In terms of egg size, the trend towards fewer very large eggs continued, while the proportion of seconds was slightly above last year's average at 7.7%.

Prices paid by packers to producers continue upwards - on average, 31.0% higher in Q2 than in the same period of 2007. The weighted average price for all eggs stood at £0.734 per dozen. The prices (per dozen) by production type were: large cage eggs, £0.615; barn eggs, £0.716 and free-range eggs, £0.932.

At 1.535 million cases, the take-up of eggs by processors was higher in Q2 than in Q1 2008 and Q2 2007.

The volume of UK egg products was 27,983 tonnes for the quarter, 6.6% more than Q2 in 2007. Just over 71% of the processed eggs went into liquid or frozen whole-egg products.

There is a clear trend towards increased trade - both impart and exports - of shell eggs and egg products.

Further Reading

- You can view the full Egg Statistics Notice by clicking here.

5m Editor