Prices have remained largely stable on the week. New-crop has started to enter most markets, particularly seen in the chipping sector.
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Potato Weekly

10 July 2020
At a glance
  • Prices have remained largely stable on the week. New-crop has started to enter most markets, particularly seen in the chipping sector.
  • Concerns remain over potential surplus stocks from 2019/20 season. The easing of lockdown restrictions has provided some support. However, demand within the food service sector is taking time to bounce back to pre-coronavirus levels, with cautious consumers and social distancing measures in place.
  • The rain this week has continued to support crop development for most. There are reports of growers holding off lifting in some regions, as the market continues to be largely well supplied.
Extra information

Potato portal 
As more new-crop material enters the market, the Potato Portal has now been changed to focus on non-human consumption trading for movement of old-crop potatoes. Click here to visit the portal.  

Weekly prices

2020 crop - Earlies
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • This week has been described as a transition week for some. There are increased reports of digging new crops this week, or at the start of next week.
  • There are anecdotal reports of pockets of good old-crop still around. However, more move to make the full transition to the 2020 crop from next week.
  • However, demand across all sectors remains lacklustre, bringing downward pressure to new-crop.
  • Prices in the East this week vary depending on end market. New-crop chipping material is fetching between £200/t - £300/t for varieties such as Accord, Daisy, Maris Bard, Maris Piper, Miranda and Sagitta.
  • Prices in the West continue to be pressured for Accord, with quotes ranging from £160/t – £220/t.
  • In the South trade is described as very subdued. With many consumers still predominantly staying at home, bag trade is reportedly down in Cornwall and Devon.
2019 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Free-buy markets remain quiet, with the majority of trade taking place on contracts.
  • Steady trade all round, with this reflected in the prices. There seems to have been more of an uplift in trade midweek onwards.
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 is not meeting the current supply as more grower’s undertake lifting. Footfall in coastal areas is noted to be down, and not as high as anticipated as the British public remains cautious and social distancing measures remain.
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.
Insufficient quotes reported.
South (South West, South, South East) - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
Insufficient quotes reported.
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.
  • The peeling sector remains lacklustre, with many schools and food service sectors still closed or operating at a reduced capacity.
  • Contract trade continues to outweigh free-buy considerably.
2019 crop - Exports
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • We are unable to publish an export price this week due to lack of trade. However, we have anecdotally heard of trickles of export trade into Ireland.
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

Charlie Reeve
Trainee Analyst
Charlie.Reeve@ahdb.org.uk