29 November 2019
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Potato Weekly

29 November 2019

At a glance

  • Attempts at lifting continued for those with crop still in the ground. It remains exceedingly difficult. Crops recently lifted will need to be cleared rapidly due to quality issues.
  • A widening price split is emerging depending on quality. Movement of lower quality supplies is reported to be steady, where end users will accept them. Prices for best quality have continued to creep up to encourage growers to part with good quality material.

Weekly prices

2019 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Demand in the packing market was reported as mixed this week. There remains a good volume of average samples but for best, dry samples prices continued to rise to incentivise movement.
  • Over the next few weeks there is an expectation of an increase in demand leading up to the Christmas period.
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.
  • Prices for best quality material have been moving up as confidence builds on the back of poor lifting conditions this season. We are beginning to see a further widening split in price, dependant on quality, which is likely to be maintained throughout the season.
  • With limited chip shop demand again this season it is likely to be hard to find an end market for poorer quality chipping supplies.
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.
  • Peeling trade remained steady.
  • There were reports of slightly more free-buy frying material moving this week.
2019 crop - Exports
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Exports to the Canaries continued this week. There are reports of frying material moving at a premium to fresh supplies, but the number of quotes received was insufficient to publish a price.

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.
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Author

Aidan Wright
Analyst
Aidan.Wright@ahdb.org.uk
024 7647 8840

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