Potato Weekly - 23 April 2021

Friday, 23 April 2021

At a glance

  • Mixed demand this week. The free-buy packing sector is reportedly quiet, while the bag trade has continued demand as businesses benefit from the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
  • Dry weather has meant planting has progressed well for the 2021 crop, with some even reported to nearly be complete.
  • We have reached the time of the year where seasonal store management is starting to show, with supplies kept in top quality condition fetching a premium.

Market Commentary

Packing

  • Packing demand is still thin and mostly being covered by contracts.
  • English prices have stayed broadly in line with last week, although Grade 1 Reds and Whites both lost £10/t off their highest prices.
England

Scotland

Bags

  • Agria supplies continue to tighten, helping to support prices.
  • Bags into coastal areas have reportedly increased over the last few weeks as mobility restrictions are lifted.
East
West 
South

Processing

  • Free-buy processing trade is again reported to be quiet, with the demand mainly for Maris Piper.
  • Crisping prices have picked up slightly, with the expectation of a longer season due to the late spring. This has created some supply concerns.

Exports

  • Insufficient quotes this week means we are unable to publish any export prices, but there have been reports of exports to Ireland and the Canary Islands.
  • Due to seasonality, the export job to the Canaries is reported to be slow, as local potato harvest commences.


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