Tesco introduces new rules for buying eggs and shoppers say 'finally'

Tesco has started to restock 12-egg packs online after long-running supply issues. Tesco has been restocking stores with the larger packs of its own-brand eggs, but until this week online shoppers had been forced to buy multiple packs of six.

It meant online shoppers were having to pay for two boxes of six eggs at £1.50 each, rather than being able to buy a dozen for £2.60. One critic fumed on a parenting platform earlier this year, saying: “Call me cynical, but for the last few months, you are hard pushed to buy a pack of 12 eggs online of any size."

The Mumsnet user fumed: “All you have is 6-egg boxes which cost a lot more if you want 12, etc.” In 2022, it enforced a buying limit of three boxes per customer at a time to ease pressure on supply chain issues across the country.

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Egg supplies were affected by jumping costs of feed which was affected by rising prices of energy, and the outbreak of avian flu in 2022. Speaking last year, Dominic Morrey, Tesco Commercial Director for Fresh, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to provide a further package of financial support to our UK egg suppliers and producers.

"The sector has faced some very tough conditions over the past 18 months, including increases to inputs such as feed and energy, as well as the avian flu outbreak, so we hope this support alleviates some of these challenges. As conditions begin to ease, we’re also able to remove the buying restrictions we’ve had in place on shell eggs since November last year. Customers can be reassured we also remain 100% British on all our shell eggs, with our five-year contracts with our suppliers now well underway.”

Tesco is rivalled by the likes of Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda.