UK organic egg production contracts as consumer demand rises
Stricter rules, higher costs could lead to organic egg shortages
Organic egg production in the U.K. fell by 8.2 percent during the first three quarters of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, despite a high degree of consumer acceptance.
Organic eggs accounted for 5.3 percent of all supermarket egg sales in 2013 - second only to yogurt in terms of market penetration among fresh food categories, reports organic food and farming charity the Soil Association.
More producers left organic production through the year, skeptical about future prospects in the face of rising costs and tightening standards, so raising the prospect of supply shortages. A significant factor in the drop in production has been the tightening of EU organic standards, with some producers choosing to drop out of organic production rather than incur higher costs.
Supply shortages are beginning to appear in the U.K. market for organic eggs as consumer demand is continuing to rise.