‘Breggsit’ storm brewing as businesses encouraged to prepare

Food businesses across the UK are being encouraged to ‘trust the Lion’ and rely on British Lion eggs and egg products – for both surety of supply and food safety - ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union in March 2019.

With Brexit supply uncertainty and recent food safety scares on the continent, as well as new research showing strong consumer demand for the use of British eggs in prepared food, there are serious question marks over the future of imported eggs and egg products.

The independent research[1], commissioned by British Lion Egg Processors, showed that more than two thirds of shoppers are concerned that the egg in prepared food products they purchase is produced to different standards depending on which country it comes from.

The report also found that:

57% of shoppers would like to know where the eggs in prepared food they purchase come from

More than half of shoppers were disappointed to learn that the egg products in certain prepared foods are not British

64% of UK shoppers would feel more confident buying egg products if they saw a Lion mark on the packaging

54% of shoppers expected the eggs in processed food products to be produced to the same standards as those required in the UK

Three quarters of shoppers feel it’s a supermarket’s responsibility to be completely transparent about where the ingredients in their food products come from

Almost 50% would think less of a supermarket that sold food products which contained imported eggs

44% of shoppers would change the products they buy or where they shop if they found that the eggs used were not British Lion

Ian Jones, Chairman of British Lion Egg Processors, said: “There is a ‘Breggsit’ storm brewing. In these uncertain times, with the potential knock-on effects of Brexit on the supply of food imports still not clear, and recurring issues with the safety of eggs and egg products produced abroad, food businesses can put their trust in the Lion to guide them through safely.

“With research also clearly showing that consumers want British eggs to be used in prepared foods containing egg, now is the time for food businesses to give them what they want, relying on the Lion for surety of supply and the highest standards of food safety.”


[1]   Research conducted by OnePoll among 500 nationally representative adults, April 2018