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					                                                   Egg Statistics

The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on UK egg packing, processing and trade were
released on 04 February 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics
Authority.

This quarterly notice will be updated at 09:30 on 06 May 2010.


Contents

Section 1         UK Egg Packing and Processing Statistics                                              pages 2 to 4

Section 2         UK Egg Trade                                                                          page 5

Section 3         Methodology, Notes and Revisions Policy                                               page 6


Key points

This release shows quarterly information on the output of eggs, their use and prices. It also
includes monthly information on the trade in eggs and egg products. The key results are given
below:

    •    24,616 thousand cases of eggs were packed in the UK in 2009, a 0.3% fall on 2008.
    •    Free range and organic eggs accounted for 41% of eggs packed in the UK in 2009,
         compared with 38% in 2008.
    •    The average packer to producer price for all eggs was 72.6 pence per dozen in 2009, a
         2.8% rise on 2008.

This notice is available at:
https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/eggns.htm

Additional information is available here:
Egg packing throughput: https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/eggtp.xls
Egg processing: https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/eggproc.xls
Egg trade: https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/eggtrade.xls
Poultry statistics: https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/poultryns.htm




Enquiries to: Leigh Riley, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Room 309, Foss House, King Pool,
              1 - 2 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PX. Tel:++ 44 (0)1904 455095 email:leigh.riley@defra.gsi.gov.uk

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Section 1: UK egg packing and processing statistics

The tables in this section shows quarterly information on UK egg packing and processing. In each table
Q1 is the quarter January to March. The packing station figures include throughput of both graded and
ungraded eggs. The weighted average packer to producer prices in table 1.4 are weighted according to
the volume of throughput of each egg type by each packing station. Datasets showing the longer term
trends can be found on the Defra website at https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/eggtp.xls and
https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/eggproc.xls


Table 1.1: UK Packing Station Egg Throughput by Country
                                                                               thousand cases
                                                                                 % change on
              Period            E&W           Scot          NI         UK
                                                                                 previous year
                     Q1         4,735         741          459       5,935           -2.0%
                     Q2         4,594         791          451       5,836           -2.4%
         2007        Q3         4,482         901          450       5,833           -3.1%
                     Q4         4,507         926          499       5,933           -0.5%
                    Total       18,317       3,359        1,860      23,537          -2.0%
                     Q1          4,709        928          442        6,079          2.4%
                     Q2          4,747        864          527        6,139          5.2%
         2008        Q3          4,745        976          520        6,242          7.0%
                     Q4          4,808        905          508        6,221          4.9%
                    Total       19,010       3,672        1,997      24,680          4.9%
                     Q1          4,708        906          505        6,119          0.7%
                     Q2          4,656        941          529        6,126          -0.2%
         2009        Q3          4,616        983          512        6,111          -2.1%
                     Q4          4,676       1,020         564        6,261          0.6%
                    Total       18,656       3,850        2,110      24,616          -0.3%


Table 1.2: UK Packing Station Egg Throughput by Egg Production Type
                                                                               thousand cases
                                Laying                    Free
              Period                          Barn                   Organic         Total
                                Cages                    Range
                     Q1         3,766         251        1,580         337          5,935
                     Q2         3,637         230        1,633         336          5,836
         2007        Q3         3,531         231        1,718         353          5,833
                     Q4         3,610         225        1,761         337          5,933
                    Total       14,544        937        6,692        1,363         23,537
                     Q1          3,580        213        1,920         366          6,079
                     Q2          3,595        225        1,948         371          6,139
         2008        Q3          3,618        256        2,046         322          6,242
                     Q4          3,603        232        2,085         300          6,221
                    Total       14,395        926        8,000        1,359         24,680
                     Q1          3,519        220        2,121         259           6,119
                     Q2          3,312        250        2,304         260           6,126
         2009        Q3          3,249        287        2,331         244           6,111
                     Q4          3,364        279        2,381         237           6,261
                    Total       13,445       1,035       9,137         999          24,616


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Table 1.3: UK Packing Station Percentage of Graded Throughput by Egg Size



            Period           Very Large      Large          Medium     Small      Seconds
                   Q1             6.0%       45.6%          37.3%      3.6%           7.4%
                   Q2             6.0%       45.4%          37.9%      3.6%           7.1%
        2007       Q3             5.6%       43.3%          39.9%      4.1%           7.2%
                   Q4             5.8%       43.4%          40.4%      3.7%           6.8%
                 Average          5.8%       44.4%          38.9%      3.7%           7.1%
                   Q1             5.5%       44.0%          39.7%      3.4%           7.4%
                   Q2             5.2%       43.6%          40.1%      3.5%           7.7%
        2008       Q3             5.0%       41.5%          41.9%      4.5%           7.0%
                   Q4             5.3%       43.0%          41.0%      3.6%           7.0%
                 Average          5.3%       43.0%          40.7%      3.8%           7.3%
                   Q1             5.3%       44.5%          39.5%      3.3%           7.4%
                   Q2             5.2%       45.4%          39.0%      3.7%           6.7%
        2009       Q3             5.0%       42.6%          41.3%      4.0%           7.1%
                   Q4             5.4%       42.4%          41.7%      3.8%           6.7%
                 Average          5.2%       43.7%          40.4%      3.7%           6.9%



Table 1.4: Average Prices Paid by UK Packers to Producers
                                                                                      pence per dozen
                                    Laying Cages                                             All Eggs (a)

                                                                      Free                      % change
       Period    Very                                       Weighted Range     Barn    Weighted    on
                         Large     Medium   Small   Seconds
                 Large                                      Average                    Average previous
                                                                                                  year
            Q1   49.5      42.7     39.8    25.2     17.7       39.2   74.6    52.2      53.8        8.0%
            Q2   52.2      44.6     41.5    24.0     17.5       40.9   75.4    53.5      56.1        13.9%
     2007
            Q3   57.1      51.8     44.9    31.8     23.0       46.0   78.9    58.6      61.4        25.0%
            Q4   59.0      53.0     45.3    32.9     24.0       47.0   82.3    58.9      63.0        20.1%
            Q1   62.9      58.7     50.7    34.9     25.5       51.8   89.7    66.8      70.1        30.3%
            Q2   67.6      61.5     54.2    35.3     27.4       54.6   93.2    71.6      73.4        31.0%
     2008
            Q3   67.4      61.0     54.0    34.7     26.3       54.2   91.7    71.5      71.8        16.8%
            Q4   65.1      57.0     50.0    31.1     23.0       50.8   84.6    72.4      67.3        7.0%
            Q1   69.9      61.2     54.6    37.0     27.6       55.1   88.9    72.7      71.2        1.6%
            Q2   68.4      62.0     54.9    36.3     27.9       55.7   92.0    72.3      73.9        0.7%
     2009
            Q3   66.6      60.7     54.4    35.7     26.5       54.4   89.9    71.9      72.3        0.8%
            Q4   67.1      61.9     56.4    38.1     30.6       56.3   90.1    74.0      73.0        8.4%




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Table 1.5: Number of Eggs Bought by UK Egg Processors

                            Thousand cases

                                    UK
               Period


                     Q1            1,351
                     Q2            1,481
        2007         Q3            1,653
                     Q4            1,535
                    Total          6,020
                     Q1            1,426
                     Q2            1,535
        2008         Q3            1,527
                     Q4            1,413
                    Total          5,902
                     Q1            1,292
                     Q2            1,329
        2009         Q3            1,231
                     Q4            1,271
                    Total          5,122



Table 1.6: Production Of Egg Products By UK Egg Processors

                                                                                      tonnes

                                Liquid and Eggs for Other Egg                     % change
               Period             Frozen     Hard      Products         Total    on previous
                                Whole Eggs Boiling (a)    (a)                       year

                     Q1           16,717       6,555         658       23,930      -12.2%
                     Q2           18,076       7,591         579       26,246      -17.5%
         2007        Q3           20,889       7,336         638       28,863       -3.1%
                     Q4           19,345       6,520         715       26,580        7.7%
                    Total         75,027       28,002       2,590     105,619       -7.0%
                     Q1           17,587             6,502             24,089        0.7%
                     Q2           19,886              8,097            27,983        6.6%
         2008        Q3           19,131              7,922            27,053       -6.3%
                     Q4           16,898              7,968            24,866       -6.4%
                    Total         73,502             30,490           103,991       -1.5%
                     Q1           16,770             7,281             24,051       -0.2%
                     Q2           16,612             6,600             23,212      -17.0%
         2009        Q3           14,546             7,647             22,193      -18.0%
                     Q4           15,514             8,754             24,268       -2.4%
                    Total         63,442             30,282            93,724       -9.9%
     (a) Separate data for hard boiled eggs and other eggs products is no longer available.




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Section 2: UK Egg Trade


Trade figures come from HM Revenue and Customs. Trade data marked as provisional may be subject
to revision. Datasets showing the longer term trends can be found on the Defra website at:
https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/eggtrade.xls


Table 2.1: UK Trade in Shell Eggs (a)
                                                                                    thousand cases
                                  Imports             UK 12 Month          Exports            12 Month
       Calendar Months                    % change      Moving                     % change    Moving
                           2008 2009 (p)    08/09        Totals      2008 2009 (p) 08/09       Totals
      January              374      333     -11%         4,331         35    55      55%        633
      February             355      281     -21%         4,257         38    33      -14%       628
      March                369      348      -6%         4,236         48    44       -8%       624
      April                428      446       4%         4,254         66    15      -78%       573
      May                  434      447       3%         4,267         53    19      -65%       538
      June                 394      419       6%         4,291         50    14      -73%       502
      July                 375      300     -20%         4,217         53    19      -65%       468
      August               318      322       1%         4,220         48    45       -6%       465
      September            396      384      -3%         4,208         46    13      -72%       432
      October              296      436      47%         4,347         73    57      -23%       415
      November             319      433      36%         4,462         46    51      10%        420
      December             313                                         57
      Total               4,372    4,148                              614   363
     (a) figures are based on Standard Industrial Trade Classification Commodity Code: 040700300
     (p) provisional data

Table 2.2: UK Trade in Egg Products (a)
                                                                                     thousand cases
                                  Imports             12 Month            Exports              12 Month
       Calendar Months                    % change     Moving                      % change     Moving
                           2008 2009 (p)     08/09     Totals     2008 2009 (p) 08/09            Totals
      January              265     219       -17%       2,923       8        10       23%         192
      February             265     221       -17%       2,879      12        26       118%        207
      March                233     263        13%       2,909      13         6       -49%        200
      April                240     339        41%       3,008      18        23        28%        205
      May                  290     255       -12%       2,973      19        12       -38%        198
      June                 224     272        21%       3,020      10        16        62%        204
      July                 254     227       -11%       2,993      13        15       15%         206
      August               226     212        -6%       2,979      18        12       -36%        200
      September            254     242        -5%       2,966      22        12       -45%        190
      October              227     230         1%       2,969      22        13       -41%        181
      November             246     209       -15%       2,932      19        11       -42%        173
      December             244                                      16
      Total               2,969   2,688                            191      157
     (a) figures are based on SITCs: 025.21, 025.22 and 025.30, converted to shell egg equivalent
     (p) provisional data

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Section 3: Methodology, Notes and Revisions Policy

   1. The information in this notice is used by the UK government and the EU as evidence for
      assessing market conditions and evaluating agricultural policy. Other users include the food and
      farming industry, academia and the general public. Contact details are available on the front
      page of this notice, for you to send feedback or ask questions about the information provided.

   2. Egg Packing Statistics: Defra runs a quarterly survey of registered UK egg packing stations. It is
      a voluntary sample survey of 35 respondents that collects information on throughput and prices
      of graded eggs and sales of ungraded eggs. The response rate is typically 100 per cent and the
      survey accounts for 75 per cent of eggs packed in the UK. The survey figures are raised up to
      give UK estimates using information on the number of commercial laying hens, average egg
      yields, average mortality rates, the proportion of UK eggs that go through packing stations. The
      raised figures are published in this statistics notice and the associated datasets. The figures in
      this notice therefore represent all Class A eggs passed over a grader in the UK, including
      seconds. The prices obtained on the survey are weighted according to the volume of eggs
      packed by each packing station to obtained average prices for the UK.

   3. Egg processing statistics: Defra runs a quarterly survey of all registered egg processors. It is a
      voluntary survey of 13 respondents that collects information on the number of eggs bought by
      egg processors and the quantity of egg products produced. The response rate is typically 100
      per cent.

   4. In tables that show numbers of eggs the units used are 'thousand cases'. There are 360 eggs in
      one case.

   5. Trade statistics: These figures come from HM Revenue and Customs, but are validated and
      adjusted if necessary prior to publication. The Standard Industrial Trade Classification codes
      used to produce each table are given in the footnotes below the tables.

   6. The data are subject to a variety of validation checks which identify inconsistencies in the data.
      All data are cleaned prior to publication.

   7. The percentage changes shown are calculated using unrounded figures. Thus any percentage
      changes calculated using the published (rounded) figures may not equate exactly with the
      changes shown.

   8. The UK 12 month moving totals represent the sum of the 12 months up to and including the
      date indicated. They can be seen as a trend measure that is not affected by seasonality.

Revisions policy:

   9. Figures in this notice are provisional and subject to revision. We will provide information about
      any revisions we make to previously published information in this statistics notice, and the
      associated datasets. Revisions could occur for various reasons, including:

          a. if we have not received survey data from respondents we make an estimate based on
             their previous returns. These estimates will be replaced with actual survey data when it
             is received.

          b. survey respondents occasionally supply amended figures for previous periods.

          c. we may also revise the methodology used to raise the survey data to give UK totals.

   10. This quarter there are minor revisions to egg packer throughput and price data in
       Quarter 3 2007 and Quarter 3 2009 due to amended survey data. Trade data is revised
       from January 2009 due to amendments received from HM Revenue and Customs

   11. There are no revisions to egg processors data this quarter.
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