Retail demand for British Lion Quality eggs is outstripping supply. "There is not only a shortfall of Lion eggs," said one wholesaler, "but there are very few British eggs on the wholesale market full stop." The wholesale gap is being plugged by imports for now, while the Lion market continues to tighten. Packing station throughput has recovered steadily through the year, starting to post year on year volume increases. According to the latest MAFF figures, October has seen a 9% surge in year on year throughput, although the moving annual total still shows a 90,000 case gap against the previous 12-month period. The production cycle is in growth ­ but the next peak will not be as high as the previous one. {{PROVISIONS }}