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Panic buying linked to the coronavirus has boosted retail demand for fresh potatoes and frozen products this week. Meanwhile, sales into foodservice have dried up as the public moves away from restaurants and public spaces.
The potato trade this week continues to be reportedly quiet, with many repeat orders noted. Demand for top quality supplies also continues, though large supplies are difficult to source for the right price. Plenty of recently lifted supplies are seen on the market.
As we enter February, lifting is still ongoing across GB as growers attempt to salvage crops still left in the ground. The potatoes that are coming out are often of questionable quality and quick movement is a priority given the risks of breakdown.