March 1, 2021

 

UK's free-range egg prices rise 12.2% in 2020

 


Annual data from the United Kingdom's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) showed that farm-gate prices for free-range eggs rose 12.2% in 2020, The Scottish Farmer reported.


The average price was 90.1p (~US$1.26; 1p = US$0.014) per dozen in 2020 compared with 80.3p in 2019. A general uptrend is seen in the past six months, with an increase of 14% in the third quarter of 2020 and 13.5% in the fourth quarter.


Overall, egg prices climbed 11.7% from 70.9 to 79.2p per dozen, with supplies dropping by 1.22%, from 31.6 million cases in 2019 to 31.2 million cases in 2020.


In comparison, free-range egg supplies increased by 8%. Supplies of barn eggs, or cage-free eggs, surged 28% from 601,000 cases in 2019 to 771,000 in 2020. Some UK retailers have set a deadline of 2025 or earlier for the sourcing of cage-free eggs.

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