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Potato market analysis

Keeping up to date with all of the latest market information is crucial for all in the potato industry. Potato Weekly will provide a regular update on prices and markets in your region and sector. Our Analyst Insight articles will delve deeper into the domestic and international markets to add clarity and insight to potato markets.

Potato Weekly

20 March 2020

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.

13 March 2020

Demand across all sectors this week has been mixed. With the COVID-19 position developing at pace, market reactions are changing frequently.

6 March 2020

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.

28 February 2020

Unfavourable weather conditions have added to the lacklustre demand for supplies this week.

21 February 2020

Reports of increased rots and breakdown in store suggest there is more movement out of store than some growers may have wished for at present, but this is generally not top quality material.

14 February 2020

Lacklustre trade across the sectors has continued this week, with mainly repeated orders and free-buy demand subdued.

Additional information

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Analyst Insight

13 March 2020

The removal of CIPC next season has pushed the burden onto other tools in the box. However, how cost effective these treatments are at current market prices is a question on many people’s mind.

12 March 2020

In the first budget since the 2019 general election, the agricultural sector retained red diesel subsidies, for another year at least, despite them being scrapped for most sectors.

6 March 2020

Over the past month continued bad weather has meant that fieldwork has been delayed with growers unable to get out onto the land.

6 March 2020

Grower held potato stocks at the end of January 2020 are estimated at 2.13Mt. This is 15% more than last season and 3% more than the 5 year average (2014-2018).

26 February 2020

Current proposals are for a tiered system targeted at different scales

7 February 2020

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.