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British Egg Week

UK consumers eat around 12.5 billion eggs a year – approximately 34 million eggs a day. With recent egg sales at a record level, British Egg Week (9-15 October) is an ideal time to capitalise on this healthy trend.

The theme of this year’s British Egg Week campaign is ‘Britain’s favourite breakfasts’ with consumers being encouraged to enjoy their favourite breakfasts both in and out of home.

Andrew Joret, British Egg Industry Council Chairman said: “British Egg Week is the perfect time to celebrate Britain’s love of breakfast and to encourage customers to choose eggs.

“In partnership with the Goring Hotel, London, we have created 12 new breakfast recipes: six luxurious weekend recipes from the Michelin Star Goring chef, Shay Cooper, and six simplified versions.

“With recent egg sales at record level, we can now say that eggs are officially back in fashion and are enjoyed by many both in and out of home. Versatile, nutrition packed and healthy, there is no better time than now to make sure Britain’s favourite breakfasts are on your menu.”

Nutritionally outstanding

Eggs in handIn an era when health and wellbeing are bang on trend, eggs have an important part to play.

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy - they are a natural source of many nutrients including high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals. A medium egg contains fewer than 70 calories.

Eggs are naturally rich in:

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Selenium
  • Iodine

Eggs also contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline, and essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus.

Why choose British Lion eggs?

British Lion Eggs logoThe British Lion scheme has effectively eliminated Salmonella from British eggs. Thanks to a wide-reaching Code of Practice, you can serve eggs, with confidence.

In recent years there have been a number of food safety issues associated with imported eggs and egg products, but caterers can minimise their risk by specifying eggs and egg products that carry the British Lion mark.

The Lion stamp on eggs is your assurance that you are receiving eggs produced to the highest standards of food safety. Everything in the supply chain is checked
and independently audited, including the hens, eggs and feed.

The Lion Code

  • All Lion hens and eggs guaranteed British
  • Hens vaccinated against Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium
  • Registration of all premises and flocks, and a unique ‘passport’ system
  • Increased hygiene controls and Salmonella testing
  • Regular egg testing
  • Stringent feed controls
  • Eggs stamped on farm with the farm code and production method
  • Best-before date and Lion logo printed on the shell. 

In addition, the Code benefits from regular independent auditing, including unannounced audits, of all sites in the Lion scheme, in accordance with ISO 17065 standard. 

Did you know?

  • An average hen lays around 300 eggs a year.
  • Double yolkers (eggs containing two yolks) are quite rare to find, with only 1 in 1000 eggs having two yolks. However, it is not unusual to find more than one double yolker in a box.
  • Each year on World Egg Day, countries around the world celebrate the egg, one of nature’s most perfect foods. This year World Egg Day is on Friday 13 October.
  • British Lion eggs account for more than 90% of UK eggs.

How to tell if your egg is fresh

Place your egg in water. Generally, if the egg is stale it will float; if it sinks, it is fresh. This is because as the egg gets older, the size of the air sac increases, enabling it to float.

Keeping eggs fresh

For optimum freshness and food safety, eggs should be kept at a constant temperature below 20°C, ideally in a fridge to avoid temperature fluctuations in a kitchen

Eggs in boxRecipes for British Egg Week

Shay Cooper’s six luxurious breakfast recipes are:

1. The Goring’s full English breakfast

2. Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and herb crème fraiche

3. Classic eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise

4. Soft poached eggs, sweetcorn pancake and crispy pancetta

5. Eggs en cocotte with smoked haddock, leek and chives

6. Fine herb omelette with sliced smoked salmon

Or for a quicker, but just as delicious version, try:

1. The half English

2. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs

3. Quick eggs benedict

4. Poached eggs with crispy pancetta

5. Scrambled eggs with leeks & parsley

6. Mushroom omelette

These tasty recipes can be found at

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