Thursday, 7 May 2020
At a glance
- Free-buy trade continues to “tick-over” for many. Depending on sector there is varying demand.
- Although an increased number of fish and chip shops have reopened, the lack of tourist trade is causing a problem for those located in coastal regions. Shops in built up area's are generally those reporting reasonable trade.
- Packing trade has been described as slightly higher than normal for this time of year. Packers are still utilising mostly contracted material but there is some demand for free-buy supply.
- Demand for M Piper is reportedly good, as shoppers seem to favour it. Good quality is becoming difficult to source though.
- Baker trade is creeping in but is described as dull for the time of year.
- There are reports of more chip shops opening across GB. However this isn’t resulting in any increase in demand, instead diluting it across a wider number of shops.
- The loss of tourism for the seaside trade is an issue for the sector. The majority of trade seems to be taking place in more built up areas.
- There is hope that an ease in lockdown measures could help with tourist movement to coastal areas and consequently lift demand for chipping material.
- Much of the processing trade remains under contract but there is some limited demand for peeling material.
- Trade into Ireland seems to have picked up a little this week but is not back to normal levels.
- Some peeling material has moved across the water but the majority of trade is in chipping potatoes.
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