John Campbell, founder of U.K. egg company Glenrath Farms, was knighted in the recent New Year honors list.

Campbell, also an honorary fellow of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), was knighted for his services to farming and charitable endeavors to entrepreneurship because of his involvement in setting up a new entrants’ grant of GBP100,000 (US$123,270) to encourage young farmers to get into the egg production business, with the guarantee that Glenrath Farms would buy their eggs from them, according to a press release from SRUC.

“I am surprised, delighted and completely honored,” said Campbell. “Not only am I delighted to receive this title, it has been wonderful to make my wife Cathy a lady.”


Glenrath Farms, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is a major supplier of free-range table eggs in the U.K., selling more than 10 million eggs weekly to three major supermarket chains. The company’s brands include Kitty Campbell’s, Cage Free Barn, Big and Scottish, and Glenrath.

While Glenrath Farms raises free-range eggs, Campbell recently travelled to the United States to speak at the United Egg Producers’ Annual Board Meeting & Executive Conference, where he warned U.S. producers about the drawbacks of free-range production, including disease risk, exposure to predators and the need for increased labor and management.