Egg supply chain review – have your say

Eggs on a pallet

Defra has launched its long-awaited review into the UK egg supply chain and the NFU wants to hear from poultry members to help form its response.

Almost a year ago the NFU called on Defra to investigate the egg supply chain amid a backdrop of rapidly increasing input costs, avian influenza and the war in Ukraine.

Increasing pressures led to a combination of constrained supply and higher demand resulting in issues around availability of eggs in some stores for some retailers.

“Reform is long overdue,” said NFU Poultry Board chair James Mottershead. Almost one billion fewer eggs were packed in the UK last year compared to 2019.

Defra’s review seeks input on transparency, clarity of contractual terms and conditions and data from the supply chain.

“I urge all egg producers to have their say in this government consultation to give us the best chance of enacting much-needed change,” James added.

NFU members can feed into the NFU's response directly by filling in one of our feedback forms below.

Egg producers:

Egg packers or producer & packer business:

31 October 2023

Government launches review to increase fairness in the egg supply chain

Following extensive NFU lobbying, Defra has announced that it will be conducting a review into ending unfair practices in the egg supply chain.

It follows on from a commitment made earlier in the year by the Prime Minister at the Farm to Fork Summit in Downing Street.

“At the Farm to Fork summit in May, the government pledged to support the farmers by undertaking a review into the egg sector to ensure fairness moving forward,” said Defra Secretary of State Thérèse Coffey.

“I would now encourage all stakeholders from across the industry to take part in this review to ensure their voices are heard.”

The NFU will be responding to the review and wants to hear from you. You can contribute your views directly using one of our forms above before 11 December 2023. Please choose the form relevant to your business type.

You can also submit your views directly to Defra at: GOV.UK | Contractual relationships in the UK egg industry before 22 December 2023. 

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  • 31 October 2023: Defra launches its consultation on contractual relationships in the UK egg industry.