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Potato Weekly - 10 January 2020

Friday, 10 January 2020

At a glance

  • Stronger demand over Christmas has increased prices going into the New Year. However, it’s a question of whether the increase was due to higher quality material or to meet a short-term unforeseen demand.
  • In general, trade has been steady for most across all sectors, but this was expected.
  • There has been an increase in the reports of stocks breaking down in store this week, from crops that were harvested in adverse conditions.

Articles in focus

This extended edition of Potato Weekly provides a one-stop round up for market intelligence from AHDB Potatoes.

Grow Your Own Potatoes – is your local school signed-up?

Our primary school growing scheme has seen over 3 million children get their hands dirty and learn where their food comes from. Has your local school taken part? If not, encourage them to sign up here.

Find your nearest potatoes event

We have 25+ events happening between now and March, including storage meetings and Spot Farm results days. Find your local meeting at

CIPC residue levels: start store cleaning early

Find out more here on preparing store cleaning set for the 2020 storage season.

How tight does the GB potato market look

Click here to find out more on how adverse lifting conditions will impact supply for this coming season.

The return of recessionary behaviours

Consumer confidence is subdued and we’re seeing a return to eating behaviours last seen during the 2008 financial crisis. People are cutting back on eating out and choosing more foods for enjoyment and taste. Click here to find out more.

AHDB Store Managers’ Course

Places remain on the AHDB Store Managers’ Course which will be held on 4 & 5 February 2020 at the Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth, Lincolnshire. This is a two day course covering all aspects of storage and a fully updated module on sprout suppression will be included. For booking information, please contact Emma Bates at SBCSR on 01406 359419 or email

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Anthony Speight


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