Apart from the occasional philosophical musing around its timing versus the chicken’s, the humble egg rarely gets much consideration in the intellectual life of the nation. Yet this modest miracle of engineering is a wonder of nutrition, and its plate-based partnership with a few rashers of well-fried streaky is a classic that hits the spot every time. Still less consideration is given to the tireless efforts of our feathered friends in churning them out so assiduously to so little personal benefit, yet Quantum Food profits handsomely from their endeavours. Quantum has had an exceptional year, benefiting from what it describes as significant tailwinds in the egg business. Anybody who’s had to endure a time in a confined space with somebody who’s got outside a couple of hard-boiled might think this was an unfortunate choice of phrase, but you can’t argue with a 234% rise in headline EPS. This success was caused largely by the pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks which started in 2017...

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