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EU egg market becomes more competitive

Major EU egg producers, incl. Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, had production peaks between 2002 and 2004. An exception is Spain, increases production to become the top EU producer in 2007.

Norel & Nature reports that Spain reached 1 mln tonnes for the first time in 2007, taking the lead from France.

Among the top 10 producers, only Spain, the Netherlands, and Poland increased their production between 2006 and 2007. Spain had a 12 % increase, while the Netherlands grew by 3%.

Meanwhile, France's production was reduced by 1% while UK output dropped by 4%. Egg prices were generally good in 2007, but huge increases in feed costs outweighed the situation. More than ever, reduction of the number of defective eggs constitutes a fundamental issue of the poultry industry for both sanitary and economical reasons.

EU egg production (x 1000 t) Selected figures (1997 - 2007) for top 10 producers

Country                    1997              Peak (year)         2007           
Spain 662 1031 (2007) 1031
France 992 2021 (2004) 955
Germany 836  859 (2002) 778
Italy            638     790 (2002)  743
The Netherlands  608    638 (2002) 633
Poland 460   548 (2007)  548
UK 562  562 (1997) 514
Hungary 339   343 (2003) 310
Belgium + Lux 239   239 (1997) 171
Czech Republic 190 190 (1997) 150
EU - 25 6367 6774 (2004) 6662

 Table source: Poultry World

Natalie Berkhout

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