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New-crop has held the lion’s share of crop movement in potato markets this week. Some old-crop movement continues, mostly for packing and processing jobs in smaller volumes. This old-crop movement should likely reduce to very negligible levels as we move into August, facing more new-crop supplies.

This week, we have seen a greater transition into new-crop as more supply becomes available. Old-crop movement has fell away and mostly remains for either premium packing markets or processing jobs.

Latest data shows both imports and exports season-to-date (Jul-May) were down compared to both last year and the 3-year average.

Prices have remained largely stable on the week. New crop has started to enter most markets, particularly seen in the chipping sector.

• Coronavirus continues to impede on demand across all sectors, with mixed reviews on what the effect the reopening of pubs and restaurants will have this weekend.

The AHDB’s first estimate for the total GB potato area for 2020/21 is 119Kha.

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