Egg producers have urged supermarkets not to lower retail prices just because the cost of wheat for animal feed has dropped. Supermarkets are believed to be re-evaluating egg prices after the fall in wheat prices, but producers claimed this had little impact on finished prices as other costs had not fallen.

Soya and phosphate costs were still particularly high, according to the British Free Range Egg Producers Association, with a tonne of layers meal still costing £80-£90 more than it did in January 2007.

“Our members desperately need the egg price to be maintained if they are to stand any chance of offsetting these extra production costs,” said BFREPA chairman Tom Vesey.

Even after the drop in feed prices, free-range egg producers were only making a margin of 63p per bird after labour and depreciation charges, BFREPA claimed.