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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 8 May 2017 and are final estimates for year ending 31 December 2016 unless otherwise stated.

Egg market size in 2016 (industry estimate)

UK Production

10,372 million eggs

Imports

2055 million eggs

Exports

135 million eggs

Total UK Consumption

12,591 million eggs (+2%)

UK self-sufficiency  85%

 

Number of eggs eaten in the UK in 2016 (industry estimate)

Total per annum

12,591 million (12.6 billion)

Per capita

193

Number per day

34.5 million

 

Retail egg market 2016/7 (industry estimate)

Sales value

 £947m (+6%) 52 weeks ending 23 April 2017

Sales volume

 6.7bn (+6%) 52 weeks ending 23 April 2017

 

UK egg market breakdown for 2016 (industry estimate)

Retail (shell eggs)

54%

Egg Products (eggs processed for use in food manufacture and foodservice)

23%

Foodservice (shell eggs)  

23%

 

Retail sector - outlet share 2016 (industry estimate)

Multiples

66.1%

Discounters

19.5%

Co-ops

3.2%

Market Stalls

1.7%

Independents and symbols

1.1%

Butchers

1.2%

Others

7.25%

 

Egg type breakdown 

Total Market (Defra) 2016

Laying cage

48%

Free Range

50% (inc estimated 2% organic)

Barn

2%

Retail Sector (Kantar) 2016

Laying cage

41%

Free Range

57% (inc estimated 1% organic)

Barn

2%

 

UK laying flock - industry estimate

2015

36m

 

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