Potato market analysis

Keeping up to date with all of the latest market information is crucial for all in the potato industry. Potato Weekly will provide a regular update on prices and markets in your region and sector. Our Analyst Insight articles will delve deeper into the domestic and international markets to add clarity and insight to potato markets.

Potato Weekly

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.

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.

Trade is quiet this week in the free-buy market across all sectors.

Free-buy demand across all sectors is generally reported down week on week.

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Analyst Insight

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

June has been a relatively quiet month for potato markets. With lockdown measures easing, chipping markets have seen competition from other food service outlets re-opening.

The release of the end-March stocks estimate did enable the UK domestic market to encapsulate the partial impact that the coronavirus is having on the potato industry.

The month of May has been relatively static across the industry in general. The initial lockdown caused a divergence in demand between the retail and food service sector.

In order to aid business decisions, AHDB has today published its potato balance sheet. This highlights supply and demand estimates for the 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons. Evidently, in these ever-changing times, the outlook remains unclear, largely working from scenario B outlined later in this article. These supply and demand estimates will be updated on a regular basis when new data becomes available.

AHDB analysts provide a view on the impact of coronavirus on current and future supply and demand of potatoes


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