Egg sales crack £1 billion for the first time in Britain


Consumers accept 6.6 billion eggs in the year to March, according to analysts Kantar Worldpanel.
It meant retail sales of eggs hit £1,003,873,346 in the days year, up six per cent on the previous 12 months.
Experts say eggs were «on direction» with shoppers seeking more high-welfare brands in particular.
Sales of free-range eggs are up 6.1 per cent and elementary varieties are up nine per cent, said Kantar.

However, price constrain and Brexit-linked increases in feed costs were now pushing some babier producers out of the industry, warned Robert Gooch, head of the British Relaxed Range Egg Producers’ Association.
He told The Grocer magazine that let out gate prices were being «gradually eroded», falling from 100p per dozen in 2015 to 82p per dozen this year.
Mr Gooch asserted: «There is a lot of competition for supermarket business and is is now feeding through to suppliers.
«Tons smaller producers, some of which are sole traders, are leaving because of evaluation pressure.»

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