THE egg sector is recovering at retail level following well-documented supply challenges, according to new figures shared by Noble Foods.

Retail sales volume in the four weeks to 24 December were up 10.3% (around 52,300 individual eggs) compared to a year earlier.

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The figures were compiled by market analysts Kantar WorldPanel and relate to the total shell egg market at retail.

The numbers are reflected in the national flock, which expanded throughout 2023 following a sharp contraction in hen numbers caused by low profitability in the sector.

Noble Foods said the figures were a “testament to the hard work and commitment of the producer base and with positive collaboration with retailers and across the whole supply chain”.

“The increase is a positive milestone for the egg category, which has faced significant challenges over the past 18 months due to soaring inflation, increased energy bills and the threat of Avian Influenza.”