21 May 1998
British will pay more for free-range eggs

THE British public is prepared to pay more for free-range eggs because of concerns about animal welfare, Compassion in World Farming said.

It surveyed nine supermarkets and found that shoppers are prepared to pay up to 62p a dozen more for free-range eggs in preference to those from caged birds. It also found that nearly one-third of all eggs sales come from non-battery hens.

The British Egg Industry Council claimed the report was misleading. Andrew Parker, chairman, said total purchase of non-cage eggs in the UK remained at 14%.

  • The Daily Telegraph 21/05/98 page 15