Rising poultry prices are caused by poor returns and rising costs, which are forcing farmers out of business, according to producers’ leaders.
On London’s wholesale market, the price of a fresh 1.55-2.05kg broiler was 43% higher in the week ending May 28 than in the same week in 2004, according to MLC figures.
Fresh skinless breast fillets were 12% dearer than a year earlier. The price of frozen breast fillets was 91% higher.
British Poultry Council chief executive Peter Bradnock said many producers, faced with rising feed and utility bills, and costly environmental red tape, were exiting the industry.