EU egg market becomes more competitive

24-11-2008 | |
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           
Spain6621031 (2007)1031
France9922021 (2004)955
Germany836 859 (2002)778
Italy           638    790 (2002) 743
The Netherlands 608   638 (2002)633
Poland460  548 (2007) 548
UK562 562 (1997)514
Hungary339  343 (2003)310
Belgium + Lux239  239 (1997)171
Czech Republic190190 (1997)150
EU – 2563676774 (2004)6662

 Table source: Poultry World

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Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist



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