Food manufacturers warned egg prices will rise after poor wheat harvest

By Gary Scattergood

- Last updated on GMT

Andrew Joret mounted a passionate defence of 'a great natural product'
Andrew Joret mounted a passionate defence of 'a great natural product'

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Food manufacturers and consumers should brace themselves for a rise in egg prices.

That’s one of the consequences of the worst wheat harvest in 35 years, said Andrew Joret, the chairman of the British Egg Industry Council. Wheat, he estimated, made up to 60% of the feed in egg production.

In an exclusive podcast for, he also said the poor harvest, which was mirrored in much of Europe and the US, would also drive up prices of meat and poultry, as well as bread.

Passionate defence

Despite the predicted rise in cost of eggs and supply problems experienced by manufacturers earlier this year after the EU banned member states from  exporting eggs produced by battery hens, he launched a passionate defence of the use of egg by the food manufacturing industry.

Listen to the podcast to find out why he thinks eggs replacement products simply don’t match “a great natural product”.

See the November’s edition of our sister magazine Food Manufacture​ for the full interview with Joret.

To order your copy, telephone 0800 652 6512.

To read about how bad weather and biofuels are likely to drive food prices up, click here​.

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Impact on South American market

Posted by Alcrivi,

How will this shortage of wheat, and the rise in its price, affect the South American market for eggs?

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