A full English breakfast without eggs may seem unthinkable, but that is the situation many face this week after shortages hit retailers and hospitality.
Shoppers reported shelves empty of eggs at supermarkets, and Wetherspoons admitted that it was offering alternatives in its breakfast menu.
Sainsbury’s has apologised, for the lack of eggs in some of its shops and at least one Lidl store was rationing supplies “to keep enough for everyone”.
The shortage has been caused, in part, by the outbreak of avian flu, which has killed a million hens. Producers have also been leaving the industry as feed prices rise in response to the war in Ukraine and supermarkets’ promise to stop using caged hens from 2025. Overall, egg production was down 9.6 per