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the U.K. imported in excess of 2
billion eggs. The Brexit horizon
remains particularly murky, but
few are expecting trade to continue in the same way as at present.
But Brexit is not the only difficulty on the horizon; European
egg producers are facing challenges in how they trade, and
also in how they produce.
In the run up to the 2012 cage
ban, Europe's egg producers
invested heavily in a variety of
While enriched cages were
not adopted across all member
states, figures for 2016 reveal
that 55.9 percent of the European
flock was housed in enriched
cages, with 25.6 percent in barn
production, 12.9 percent free
range, and 17.8 percent in organic systems.
2017 saw a slew of supermarket chains and food producers
announce that they would phase
out the purchase of eggs from enriched cages, joining those already
rejecting cage-produced eggs.
Although this sourcing
change is being phased, producers that chose to invest in
enriched cages at the start of the
decade will increasingly have to
re-invest, and for those producers that have followed alternative
systems, downward price pressure can be expected as cage
producers enter their market
segments. It is also worth remembering that, with the switch
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out of battery cages, some egg
producers chose to exit the market altogether, and this option
may well be chosen by those that
no longer have a market for eggs
from enriched cages. ■
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