08 November 2019
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Potato Weekly

08 November 2019

At a glance

  • Lifting has been very slow this week, with minimal progress being made by many. Further rainfall is forecast over the weekend for much of the country and will continue to hinder lifting progress. Poorer fry colour is becoming apparent in some of the late lifted material, from being under stress, but so far this hasn’t become a major issue.
  • Domestic trade has continued at a steady pace for most sectors. Later harvested crop which generally needs a bit of extra working seems to be in good supply but availability of dry material is tightening.

Articles in focus

This extended edition of Potato Weekly provides a one-stop round up for market intelligence from AHDB Potatoes.

GB Potatoes: Market Intelligence 2019/20

This is where you’ll find our new look report. The same great content but in an easier to use, up to date digital format.  Look out for updates throughout the season as new data becomes available.

Will wet lifting tighten processing supplies?

Earlier in the season we looked set for a decent sized crop to be met with lacklustre demand. However, the adverse weather conditions during lifting has meant that the outlook for this season has taken a U-turn.

Market video: Potato Market Update 

Our latest market video gives a quick update on the lifting progress and how it has been effecting markets. 

Meet AHDB's Market Intelligence team at BP2019

Don’t forget to come and see us at the AHDB stand to discuss markets at BP2019 on Wednesday 20 November and Thursday 21st November.

Next Generation: Applications open at BP2019

Are you an up-and-coming potato professional looking to learn more about the industry and build a network of contacts? We're looking for people from all areas of the industry and successful candidates will take part in a year-long development programme, including business and technical sessions, as well as supply chain visits. 

Are you as resilient as these Herefordshire growers?

At BP2019 Martin Williams and Russell Price will lead a seminar on resilience, business planning and motivation. After a very tough harvest for many, Herefordshire Monitor Farmers Martin and Russell will be joined on stage by business skills experts to examine what you should be doing away from the field when things get tough.

Weekly price

2019 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Contracted material remains the primary supply for packhouses but there is some demand for free-buy supplies.
  • The range in prices reflects the range of material going through packhouses. Late harvested material tends to need more work through the packhouse and dry supplies are becoming more difficult to obtain.
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.
  • There is little change in the demand for chip shop supplies in the bag sector.
  • Varieties such as Agria, Markies and Sagitta are gaining a premium and tighter supply of these varieties has moved the price up in most regions.
  • Fry colour has begun to tail off a little from late harvested material being under stress, but this isn’t a major issue yet.
  • If the rain stops, there are concerns that frost could cause further issues. 
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.
Insufficient quotes reported. 
2019 crop - Processing
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Maris Piper prices have crept up this week on the back of a slight tightening in good processing material in certain areas.
  • There has been a slight uptick in demand of peeling supplies but this will potentially rise further as Christmas parties get underway.
2019 crop - Exports
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Export trade into the Canary Islands has continued at standard levels.
  • There has been interest reported from mainland Europe with some shipments going ahead now. When the sample includes enough quotes to mainland Europe we will publish prices.

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,
please click here.

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