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UK Egg Crisis Shows Food-Supply Crunches That Won’t Go Away

  • Bird flu, war, cost-of-living crisis are squeezing egg supply
  • Situation could be repeated in other markets, says food expert
Empty egg shelves at an Aldi store in London on Nov. 19.
Empty egg shelves at an Aldi store in London on Nov. 19.Source: Bloomberg
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In Britain, the humble egg has fallen victim to an array of disruptions that’s led to empty shelves in some stores.

Supermarkets are rationing sales, bakers are contemplating alternatives and farmers are demanding government action. Beyond the immediate impact, the crisis reveals more broadly how the structures in food markets can be easily disrupted.