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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 2 May 2019 and are for year ending 31 December 2018 (unless otherwise stated).  Due to anomolies in the import/export data, which are under investigation by HMRC, these statistics will remain provisional estimates until further notice

Egg market size in 2018 (industry estimate)

UK Production

11,139 million eggs

Imports

1,897 million eggs

Exports

188 million eggs

Total UK Consumption

13,148 million eggs (+2%)

UK self-sufficiency 

87%

 

Number of eggs eaten in the UK in 2018 (industry estimate - based on population of 66m)

Total per annum

13,148 million (13.1 billion)

Per capita

199

Number per day

36 million

 

Retail egg market 2018 (industry estimate)

Sales value

 £1,035m (+5%) 

Sales volume

 7.2bn (+4%) 

UK egg market breakdown for 2018 (industry estimate)

Retail (shell eggs)

56%

Egg Products (eggs processed for food manufacture/foodservice)

21%

Foodservice (shell eggs)  

23%

 

Retail sector - outlet share 2018 (industry estimate)

Multiples

64.9%

Discounters

22.6%

Co-ops

3.6%

Market Stalls

1.1%

Independents and symbols

1.1%

Butchers

0.9%

Bargain stores

1.5%

Others

4.3%

 

Egg type breakdown 

Total Market (Defra) 2018

Laying cage

44%

Free Range

54% (inc estimated 2% organic)

Barn

1%

Retail Sector (Kantar) 2018

Laying cage

35%

Free Range

63% (inc estimated 1.5% organic)

Barn

2%

 

UK laying flock - industry estimate

2018

40m

 

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