Avangardco, the largest producer of shell eggs and egg products in Ukraine, increased shell egg production by 9 percent during the first six months of this year.

Irina Marchenko, the company’s chief executive, commented: “Despite the current situation in Ukraine, the company managed to achieve good production results during the reporting period. The company increased shell egg production by 9 percent to 3.7 billion pieces and processed one-third of this production into dry egg products, increasing dry egg products output by 58 percent to 14,000 tons. Exports of shell eggs and dry egg products in egg equivalent rose by 56 percent to 1.2 billion pieces.”

She continued that, as a consequence of the Crimea annexation and the ongoing military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the company had decided to suspend operation of its facilities in the Crimea, and to limit the use of poultry farms in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. 

It has decided not to renew poultry flocks in these farms until the situation in the region stabilizes. All of the company’s enterprises in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, however, with the exception of the Vyhlehirskyi feed mill, continue to operate normally.

Activity at the Vyhlehirskyi feed mill remains suspended following its occupation in July and deliveries of feed to poultry farms in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions have been carried out from the Volnovakha feed mill.

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Poultry flock

As at June 30, the company’s total flock stood at 30.7 million head, an increase of 1 percent on last year. The number of laying hens remained unchanged at 22.8 million

Shell egg production up

Avangardco produced 9 percent more shell eggs during the first half, and reports total output of 3.680 billion pieces.

More eggs are not being sent for processing and consequently, sales to external customers were down by 4 percent year on year to 2.042 billion pieces. Supermarkets purchased 37 percent of the company’s total shell egg output.   

The company’s exports of shell eggs increased by 28 percent to 308 million pieces,  with the main destination being the Middle East and North Africa, Central and West Arica and the Commonwealth of Independent States. 

Dry egg products

In the first half of 2014, the volume of shell eggs processed by Avangardco increased by 67 percent year.