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6 April 2020

With the chip-shop market being mostly closed, what is the impact on potato tonnages destined for this market?

3 April 2020

Retail demand has lessened slightly this week, with the requirement for free buy supplies minimal.

3 April 2020

The widespread closure of restaurants and other food service outlets has meant that demand for processed potato products has fallen significantly.

2 April 2020

The past month (March) has been quite the rollercoaster for the country and the potato industry has been no exception. The first week of March remained relatively stable but from week two, traded volumes ramped up. In weeks two and three, overall trade seemed up, but this was heavily weighted to the retail sector and also the 25kg bags (ware) sector.

1 April 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak reaching the UK in January 2020 there has been significant development, ultimately changing the way the potato industry has been functioning. At first, the changes were slow but once the government started enforcing stricter guidelines things quickly changed.

27 March 2020

Anecdotal reports suggest that retail demand has started to lessen this week following the nationwide “lockdown” since Monday night. This has been suggested to be due to a reduction in panic buying as supermarkets introduce limits on purchasing.

24 March 2020

Overall tonnage has remained relatively stable to the previous week. However, this means it is still 19% higher than the first week of March.

20 March 2020

Panic buying linked to the coronavirus has boosted retail demand for fresh potatoes and frozen products this week. Meanwhile, sales into foodservice have dried up as the public moves away from restaurants and public spaces.

13 March 2020

The removal of CIPC next season has pushed the burden onto other tools in the box. However, how cost effective these treatments are at current market prices is a question on many people’s mind.

13 March 2020

Demand across all sectors this week has been mixed. With the COVID-19 position developing at pace, market reactions are changing frequently.

12 March 2020

In the first budget since the 2019 general election, the agricultural sector retained red diesel subsidies, for another year at least, despite them being scrapped for most sectors.

6 March 2020

The potato trade this week continues to be reportedly quiet, with many repeat orders noted. Demand for top quality supplies also continues, though large supplies are difficult to source for the right price. Plenty of recently lifted supplies are seen on the market.

6 March 2020

Over the past month continued bad weather has meant that fieldwork has been delayed with growers unable to get out onto the land.

6 March 2020

Grower held potato stocks at the end of January 2020 are estimated at 2.13Mt. This is 15% more than last season and 3% more than the 5 year average (2014-2018).

28 February 2020

Unfavourable weather conditions have added to the lacklustre demand for supplies this week.

26 February 2020

Current proposals are for a tiered system targeted at different scales

21 February 2020

Reports of increased rots and breakdown in store suggest there is more movement out of store than some growers may have wished for at present, but this is generally not top quality material.

14 February 2020

Lacklustre trade across the sectors has continued this week, with mainly repeated orders and free-buy demand subdued.

7 February 2020

As we enter February, lifting is still ongoing across GB as growers attempt to salvage crops still left in the ground. The potatoes that are coming out are often of questionable quality and quick movement is a priority given the risks of breakdown.

7 February 2020

Better weather this week has allowed for lifting and fieldwork to continue where growers can get on the land. What has been lifted over the past few weeks is being moved quickly to avoid storage issues.

7 February 2020

GB grower held potato stocks at the end of November 2019 are estimated at 2.88Mt, down 4% from last season and 11% below the five-year average (2014-2018).

31 January 2020

The updated estimate of total potato production in Great Britain for the 2019 crop is 5.10Mt . This is an increase of 182Kt from last season, but 7% below the five-year average (2014-2018, 5.49Mt).

31 January 2020

Production by region is a mixed bag this season, when compared to last year. At 205.2Kt, the North East and North West has had the biggest drop in production compared to last year, down 36.1kt.

24 January 2020

There has been some lifting progress around the country this week. However, it has remained very slow and the material coming out of ground will be of questionable quality.

17 January 2020

This week, overall demand has quietened from the start of the year. Chipping markets in particular have seen ‘below-average’ demand

10 January 2020

Stronger demand over Christmas has increased prices going into the New Year.

20 December 2019

The second 2019 provisional production estimate from AHDB places the crop at 5.19Mt, with a range of +/- 159Kt.

20 December 2019

This autumn has been the wettest across England since 2000 and the fifth wettest on record. What impact might this have on supply levels for the coming season?

20 December 2019

Heavy rain has continued this week causing more problems for those with potatoes still in the ground.

13 December 2019

A strong quality premium has emerged, with buyers having to offer higher prices to incentivise movement of good dry supplies from store.

13 December 2019

There were still some reports of growers attempting to lift where possible. However, the majority with crop left are planning to attempt again in the spring.

6 December 2019

With clearer weather this week, there were reports of growers still trying to get crops out of the ground.

29 November 2019

Attempts at lifting continued for those with crop still in the ground. It remains exceedingly difficult. Crops recently lifted will need to be cleared rapidly due to quality issues.

22 November 2019

A drier few days has provided some respite from the rain for growers, however saturated soils continue to cause severe lifting issues across much of the country.

21 November 2019

Early figures suggest a production level of around 5.1 million tonnes.

15 November 2019

Heavy rain continues to cause severe lifting issues across much of the country. Crops that are still in the ground are sitting in saturated soils.

8 November 2019

October has brought wide-spread rainfall causing problems for maincrop lifting for much of the country. Although there has been problems with off-field supply, demand has remained fairly steady for free-buy material.

8 November 2019

Earlier in the season we looked set for a decent sized crop to be met with lacklustre demand. However, the adverse weather conditions during lifting has meant that the outlook for this season has taken a U-turn.

8 November 2019

Lifting has been very slow this week, with minimal progress being made by many.

1 November 2019

Although progress is being made lifting, remains slow on heavier land.

25 October 2019

Lifting progress has been better this week, especially for those on lighter land. Although progress has been made, significant concerns remain for crops still underwater with more rain forecast.

18 October 2019

In the case of a no-deal, the UK would be unable to export fresh potatoes into the EU until the UK is granted third country equivalency.

18 October 2019

Lifting progress is varied, for those on lighter land lifting has resumed after a few days of dry weather.

11 October 2019

After the UK has left the EU, immediate impact will be the application of export tariffs on processed potato products.

11 October 2019

Lifting continued where the weather permitted, with many lifting on lighter soils throughout the week.

4 October 2019

Scattered heavy rainfall hampered lifting across the UK this week.

4 October 2019

By WE01 October, the total maincrop area lifted is estimated at 23% of the total area surveyed

27 September 2019

As most of the UK’s seed exports are to non-EU destinations, long-term impacts would seem minimal but a no-deal scenario could have significant impact to individual businesses in the short term.

27 September 2019

Plans to lift into store have been delayed this week by heavy rainfall across GB. In some regions this has temporarily tightened supplies, with growers unable to get the crop out of the ground.

20 September 2019

The total 2019 planted GB area (revised estimate) is 118.95Kha. This updated estimate puts the area 1% higher than last year and represents the GB area covered by over 90% of producers.

20 September 2019

88% of total crisp exports are destined for EU markets

20 September 2019

Domestic demand remained steady with packers and processors focussing on contracted material leaving minimal room for free-buy trade.

13 September 2019

Domestic demand has remained subdued for free-buy material with main crop contracts now beginning.

6 September 2019

The fresh chipping sector makes up c.12% of total potato production in Great Britain. The market follows season trends with demand driven by chip shop footfall throughout the year.

6 September 2019

Domestic demand for free-buy supplies remains limited, with most movement taking place under contract.

30 August 2019

Domestic free-buy movement was reported as “limited” this week, with the majority of packhouses and processors using mostly contracted material.

23 August 2019

Favourable weather has dried waterlogged fields well. Combining however, has taken priority over potato lifting for many.

19 August 2019

Tariffs? Tariff rate quotas? Allocations? We increasingly hear these terms as we approach 31 October Brexit deadline.

16 August 2019

Lifting has been hindered for some regions, due to the wet weather. The North West has been the worst hit with some fields now lying in water.

16 August 2019

What might be the barriers to European trade (specifically exports) faced by the potato industry?

9 August 2019

For most, lifting continued at a decent pace. Quality remains good, though cases of blackleg continue to be reported.

2 August 2019

Lifting has continued at pace for many, rain only slowed lifting in limited areas.

18 April 2019

GB grower held potato stocks at the end of March 2019 are estimated at 0.98Mt, a fall of 26% (353Kt) on last year and 13% (148kt) below the five season average (2013-2018).

8 March 2019

AHDB estimates GB potato stock levels, held by growers at the end of January, at 1.84Mt. This is higher than at the same point in 2012, but only slightly below 2016, another tighter supply season.

18 January 2019

GB grower held potato stocks at the end of November 2018 are estimated at 2.97Mt. This is the lowest during this point in the season since 2016/17 and 0.30Mt above stocks in the same period in 2012.

11 December 2018

The first provisional estimate of total potato production in Great Britain for the 2018 crop is 4,887Kt.

31 October 2018

The revised estimate for the total 2018 potato planted area in GB is 117.3Kha, down 4.4% from the 2017 area of 122.8Kha.

27 April 2018

GB grower held potato stock levels at the end of March are estimated at 1.3Mt. This is a similar level to the end of March 2015 and approximately 300Kt more than the end of March 2017 estimate.

16 March 2018

GB potato stock levels held by growers are estimated at 2.4Mt as at the end of January. This represents the largest end-January stocks figure since the stocks survey began in 2010.

6 February 2018

GB potato stock levels at the end of November are estimated at 3.6Mt, the highest level for this point in the season since 2010/11.

22 December 2017

Earlier this month, we released the first provisional estimate of total production in Great Britain for the 2017 crop, showing production up 15.2% [i] on the year at 6.04Mt, the highest level since 2011.

12 May 2017

GB grower held potato stock levels at the end of March are estimated at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 estimate and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 estimate.

10 March 2017

GB potato stock levels at the end of January are estimated at 1.9Mt. This is similar to the same point in the season last year and around 350Kt less than at the end of January 2015.

13 January 2017

GB potato stock levels at the end of November are estimated at 2.9Mt, the lowest level for this point in the season since 2012/13.

26 November 2016

AHDB Potatoes' first provisional estimate of total production[i] in Great Britain for the 2016 crop year is 5.22 million tonnes[ii], down 5% from 2015.

19 August 2016

The total planted area for GB 2016, estimated at 116,000ha*, remains unchanged from the initial area estimate, up 4% on last season.