11 October 2019
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Potato Weekly

11 October 2019

At a glance

  • Lifting continued where the weather permitted, with many lifting on lighter soils throughout the week. The North-West continued to have major difficulties, with wet soils hampering attempts to get the crop out of the ground.
  • Domestic trade remained slow, with packing and processing movement mainly under contract. For bags, demand has remained limited. However, Agria prices saw a move upwards with good quality currently hard to find and steady demand.

Article release

No-Deal Brexit in the frozen potato market
 
  • The fourth article in a series of Brexit related work assessing the impacts of a no-deal Brexit on potato sectors.

Weekly price

2019 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • The majority of movement continued under contract this week.
  • The large amount of contracted M Piper has kept free-buy demand subdued. Average prices remain below those of packing whites.
Scotland - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
2019 crop - Bags
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Demand from fish and chip shops remained subdued and movement was slow for most.
  • Demand for good quality samples, particularly Agria, exceeds supply at the moment, with prices moving higher as a result.
East (Yorks, East Mids, Eastern Counties) - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
West (West Mids, Wales, North West) - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
South (South West, South, South East) - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
Scotland - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
No quotes reported. 
2019 crop - Processing
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Limited processing trade reported this week.
2019 crop - Exports
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Movement to the Canaries continued at a steady pace.
  • Brexit uncertainty has begun to impact exporters to Poland. The large Polish supermarket chain ‘Biedronka’ has cancelled orders of British potatoes from 15th October onwards to ensure that they are complying with phytosanitary regulations in a no deal situation.

These quotes are from actual free-buy trades collected by a weekly telephone survey of buyers, growers and merchants on a Wednesday and Thursday.
They give an indication of the range of prices achieved in the past week.
Any underlined and italicised prices are based on a smaller sample and will only display the median value.
n/q = no quotes in last reported week.
For further information on what these prices mean and how they are calculated,
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Author

Aidan Wright
Analyst
Aidan.Wright@ahdb.org.uk
024 7647 8894

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