The BEIC is the inter-professional organisation that represents the interests of the UK egg industry. Its members are 11 trade associations involved in breeding, hatching, rearing, laying, packing, egg processing and marketing.
Set up in 1986, the principal function of the BEIC is to represent the interests of its Members (the UK egg industry) in discussions with Government, MPs, the European Commission, European Parliament, and other bodies. The British Egg Information Service (BEIS) was set up by the BEIC to provide information and answer questions about eggs, as well as to promote the benefits of Lion eggs. BEIC also finances research and development. BEIC is recognised by Government and Parliament as the representative voice of the UK egg industry.
BEIC also owns the Lion Quality Trade Mark and administers the Lion Quality scheme for eggs (some 90% of egg output in the UK). The Lion Code of Practice sets higher standards of both hygiene and animal welfare than is currently required by UK or EU law