Friday, 25 September 2020
At a glance
- New restrictions introduced within UK that came into force on Thursday have sparked anxiety that there could be a strangulation of demand within some sectors of the industry.
- With confidence muted, procurement for potatoes is on a weekly basis as people sit tight to see how these new measures affect demand.
- At the moment demand and prices have been relatively flat, not changing much from last week.
- With precipitation expected across the British Isles growers continue lifting. Many are lifting into store due to the depressed market.
- Packing demand is similar to last week, with the majority of retail fulfilled on contract.
- Maris Piper is reported to have been fetching a premium over regular whites.
- There have been some anecdotal reports of minor damage and bruising to potatoes being lifted.
- Orders remain the same for last week. Although there are anxieties that latest lockdown measures will cause people to purchase week-to-week to ensure zero waste.
- Majority of processing trade this week has been fulfilled on contract.
- There has been a flurry of exports this week to Belgium, Ireland and the Canary Islands.
- Export demand to the Canaries is strong with King Edwards in high demand on the island.
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