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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

27 March 2020

Anecdotal reports suggest that retail demand has started to lessen this week following the nationwide “lockdown” since Monday night. This has been suggested to be due to a reduction in panic buying as supermarkets introduce limits on purchasing.

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.

Additional information

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Analyst Insight

3 April 2020

The widespread closure of restaurants and other food service outlets has meant that demand for processed potato products has fallen significantly.

2 April 2020

The past month (March) has been quite the rollercoaster for the country and the potato industry has been no exception. The first week of March remained relatively stable but from week two, traded volumes ramped up. In weeks two and three, overall trade seemed up, but this was heavily weighted to the retail sector and also the 25kg bags (ware) sector.

1 April 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak reaching the UK in January 2020 there has been significant development, ultimately changing the way the potato industry has been functioning. At first, the changes were slow but once the government started enforcing stricter guidelines things quickly changed.

24 March 2020

Overall tonnage has remained relatively stable to the previous week. However, this means it is still 19% higher than the first week of March.

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.