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Industry data

The following tables outline various facts and figures about egg production, consumption, market breakdown and other industry data. These figures were updated on 1 February 2018 and are estimates for year ending 31 December 2017 - a further update will be made in May 2018.

Egg market size in 2017 (industry estimate)

UK Production

10,782 million eggs

Imports

1,981 million eggs

Exports

150 million eggs

Total UK Consumption

12,913 million eggs (+3%)

UK self-sufficiency 

86%

 

Number of eggs eaten in the UK in 2017 (industry estimate - based on population of 65.6m)

Total per annum

12,913 million (12.9 billion)

Per capita

197 

Number per day

35.3 million

 

Retail egg market 2017 (industry estimate)

Sales value

 £984m (+8%) 

Sales volume

 6.9bn (+5%) 

UK egg market breakdown for 2017 (industry estimate)

Retail (shell eggs)

55%

Egg Products (eggs processed for food manufacture/foodservice)

21%

Foodservice (shell eggs)  

23%

 

Retail sector - outlet share 2016 (industry estimate)

Multiples

65.5%

Discounters

21.8%

Co-ops

3.5%

Market Stalls

1.4%

Independents and symbols

1.2%

Butchers

1.1%

Bargain stores

0.9%

Others

4.6%

 

Egg type breakdown 

Total Market (Defra) 2017

Laying cage

48%

Free Range

50.5% (inc estimated 2% organic)

Barn

1.5%

Retail Sector (Kantar) 2017

Laying cage

38%

Free Range

60% (inc estimated 1% organic)

Barn

2%

 

UK laying flock - industry estimate

2017

38m

 

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