Myles Thomas speaking at a conferenceMyles Thomas

The British Egg Industry Council has strengthened its ties with the British Free Range Egg Producers’ Association in its latest set of leadership elections.

It has voted Bfrepa chairman Myles Thomas as joint vice-chairman, to serve alongside NFU representative Duncan Priestner.

Mr Thomas has also been listed as a director of the BEIC, in line with other office holders at the council.

Andrew Joret was re-elected as chairman of the National Egg Marketing Association, and so retains his role as overall chairman of the BEIC.

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He also continues as chairman of the Lion Technical Committee, which discusses and advises on issues appertaining to the Lion Code of Practice.

Mr Joret said: “I’m honoured to continue as chairman and delighted to welcome Myles as a new office holder.

“With the free-range market in such positive growth, it’s great to have added representation from this sector of the industry.

He added egg consumption as a whole was in growth. “We are confident that there are additional opportunities to drive growth still further as more consumers appreciate their benefits, and more and more experts recommend them as a healthy choice.”

Elwyn Griffiths, representing the British Egg Products Association, continues as BEIC deputy chairman; Jeffrey Vergerson, representing the British Egg Association, is the BEIC treasurer.

Mark Williams, chief executive of the BEIC, continues as secretary.