June 20, 2019

EU egg industries under threat.


Eggs are a staple food and are consumed throughout Europe, giving rise to a large & important market. Notably, Netherlands was recently number one in export capacity and the UK and Spain are key European egg producers. However, the industry is under pressure.  Already having to compete with a perishable, fragile food with natural variability, egg producers now face rising prices for key materials, a vast increase in legislative requirements regarding the environment and bird welfare and increasingly demanding retailers. Higher costs, changing market structures and global competition have provoked a relative decline in the poultry industry. This decline most affects small and medium producers and processors, which in turn affects others in the supply chain