Sunday, February 27, 2011
Britian egg prices
Supermarket eggs are creeping up in price and now cost more than 30p each, research shows.
A box of six free range eggs costs an average of £1.80 at many major stores, and is likely to rise further.
Farmers’ groups have warned that the industry is in crisis as prices are failing to keep pace with spiralling overheads.
This is partly down to a steep rise in the cost of chicken feed.
It is 70 per cent wheat and about 12.5 per cent soya and makes up 60 per cent of the cost of producing eggs.
Prices rose by 70 per cent last year after Russia introduced an export ban on homegrown wheat after a series of droughts.
Poultry farmers are also being forced to end the practice of rearing hens in battery cages, ahead of an EU ban that comes into force in 2012, and are required to use only non-GM feed by supermarkets. These factors mean producing eggs costs more.
Supermarkets are now passing the rising prices on to customers and many own-brand eggs cost 30p each.
A box of six Sainsbury’s mixed woodland free range large eggs works out at 33p an egg, while six Tesco happy egg free range large eggs cost 30p each. Waitrose sells six Columbian Blacktail free range large eggs for 30p each and six Burford Brown free range eggs for 33p each.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361272/Eggs-cost-30p-each.html#ixzz1FDbjylQq