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UK: 2 bln free-range eggs sold in 2009

Recent figures show that UK free-range egg sales have grown 10% over the past year and by almost a quarter since 2006, and now account for more than 40% of total retail egg sales*.

It is being predicted that retailers will sell 2 bln free-range eggs in 2009. It is reported that this is the first time this has ever been achieved.

The egg market has now settled into a period of long-term growth, reports British Lion Eggs in the UK.  Over the past 3 years, sales have grown substantially, increasing by around 70 mln eggs over that period.

Andrew Parker, Chairman of the British Egg Industry Council: “The latest sales figures have reinforced the position of eggs as a major part of the weekly supermarket shop. After years of a market in the doldrums, the egg industry is enjoying a period of sustained growth, with consumers increasingly seeing the nutritional benefits as well as versatility and meal appeal.”

*TNS, 52 weeks ending 6 September 09

Source: British Lion Eggs

Natalie Berkhout

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