Potato Weekly - 06 November 2020

Friday, 6 November 2020

At a glance

  • Cautious buyers and lack lustre demand have resulted in little free-buy price movement from last week.
  • As England enters a second national lockdown, pubs and restaurants have been asked to shut meaning volumes traded have been reportedly low; yet hope remains with takeaways and chip shops continuing to trade.
  • Some sunny spells have allowed lifting to resume for some growers this week. Though for others, heavy showers and a lack of wind have left the brakes firmly on, with fields lying too wet to touch.
  • Reports of some quality issues are surfacing this week, with pest damage, rot, bruising and hallow heart. Seemingly, this may be causing concern to store long-term potentially increasing supply on the market.
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Megan Hesketh

Trainee Analyst

Market Commentary

Packing

  • Packing trade has seen more movement this week, with small price gains for some.
  • As the nation is asked to stay at home for the second time, there may be anticipation that consumer buying will resume back to similar purchasing patterns to the first lockdown.
  • Maris Piper are still retaining their premium over other whites, yet some growers are reported anecdotally to be storing good quality samples in eagerness of price gains.
England

Scotland

Bags

  • The bags trade has seen little movement this week from last. Trade remains relatively quiet from a lack of tourists, schools returning and onset of a English lockdown closing non-essential shops.
  • Yet, positivity remains in the sector with chip shops and takeaways allowed to stay open and many having worked out a way of functioning under covid regulations unlike the first lockdown. This is providing much needed reassurance for the sector.
East

West
South

Processing

  • The processing trade has reportedly experienced a drop off in demand this week, surrounding the uncertainty of new English lockdown restrictions.
  • This lockdown has not brought the same widespread closures as before though, with major quick serve restaurants remaining open this time round.
  • Good quality Maris Piper is still benefitting from a premium over other white varieties, with prices reported as high as £120/t for Maris Piper.

Exports

  • Trade to the Canary Islands has reportedly remained steady this week. 
  • Anecdotal reports have indicated that King Edwards are securing a premium over other white varieties, within exports to the Canary Islands. However, due to insufficient quotes we are unable to publish a price.


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