10 January 2020
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Potato Weekly

10 January 2020

At a glance

  • Stronger demand over Christmas has increased prices going into the New Year. However, it’s a question of whether the increase was due to higher quality material or to meet a short-term unforeseen demand.
  • In general, trade has been steady for most across all sectors, but this was expected.
  • There has been an increase in the reports of stocks breaking down in store this week, from crops that were harvested in adverse conditions.

Articles in focus

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

Grow Your Own Potatoes – is your local school signed-up?

Our primary school growing scheme has seen over 3 million children get their hands dirty and learn where their food comes from. Has your local school taken part? If not, encourage them to sign up here.

Find your nearest potatoes event

We have 25+ events happening between now and March, including storage meetings and Spot Farm results days. Find your local meeting at https://ahdb.org.uk/events.

CIPC residue levels: start store cleaning early

Find out more here on preparing store cleaning set for the 2020 storage season.

How tight does the GB potato market look

Click here to find out more on how adverse lifting conditions will impact supply for this coming season.

The return of recessionary behaviours

Consumer confidence is subdued and we’re seeing a return to eating behaviours last seen during the 2008 financial crisis. People are cutting back on eating out and choosing more foods for enjoyment and taste. Click here to find out more.

AHDB Store Managers’ Course

Places remain on the AHDB Store Managers’ Course which will be held on 4 & 5 February 2020 at the Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth, Lincolnshire. This is a two day course covering all aspects of storage and a fully updated module on sprout suppression will be included. For booking information, please contact Emma Bates at SBCSR on 01406 359419 or email emma.bates@ahdb.org.uk.
 

Weekly prices

2019 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • There has been an increase in packing prices in England going into the New Year. However, in Scotland prices are relatively unchanged from pre-Christmas. The packing trade has been steady moving into January.
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.
  • Going into the New Year chip shop trade remains steady. However, there has been anecdotal reports of many busy from top-up supplies due to unforeseen demand over Christmas.
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.
  • Processing trade has reduced to a steady pace after a busy period in the run up to Christmas.
2019 crop - Exports
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Export trade to the Canaries is still busy going into the New Year, as Spanish festive celebrations continue into the start of January.
  • Export trade into Ireland has been reported, however we are unable to report prices due to insufficient quotes.

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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Author

Anthony Speight
Analyst

Anthony.Speight@ahdb.org.uk
02476 47 8772

Or meet the Market Intelligence Potato Team here.