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

Trade is quiet this week in the free-buy market across all sectors.

Free-buy demand across all sectors is generally reported down week on week.

Free buy demand across all sectors this week seems lacklustre, with all sectors reporting to have been very quiet in general. There is a belief among many that the successive weeks of good weather have curbed consumer demand for potatoes in general.

Demand remains strong for good quality M Piper in the packing sector. But free-buy trade in other sectors seems to have lessened this week.

Packing Maris Piper and Whites still hold firm for top quality material.

With packing markets settling into their new normal FB trade across all sectors is now described as steady.

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Analyst Insight

June has been a relatively quiet month for potato markets. With lockdown measures easing, chipping markets have seen competition from other food service outlets re-opening.

The release of the end-March stocks estimate did enable the UK domestic market to encapsulate the partial impact that the coronavirus is having on the potato industry.

The month of May has been relatively static across the industry in general. The initial lockdown caused a divergence in demand between the retail and food service sector.

In order to aid business decisions, AHDB has today published its potato balance sheet. This highlights supply and demand estimates for the 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons. Evidently, in these ever-changing times, the outlook remains unclear, largely working from scenario B outlined later in this article. These supply and demand estimates will be updated on a regular basis when new data becomes available.

AHDB analysts provide a view on the impact of coronavirus on current and future supply and demand of potatoes

For processing markets, coronavirus has affected factory output and reduced demand both domestically, and on the continent.