10 May 2019
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Potato Weekly

10 May 2019

At a glance

  • Planting was wrapping up for most, with showers welcomed by those with crop in the ground.
  • Lifting continued, though demand remained limited.
  • With irrigation restrictions looking more likely for growers in the East, water availability is something to keep an eye on moving forward.
  • Export demand from the continent remained strong.
  • Domestic movement was muted for most. Prices for top quality were generally firm, with good quality and size becoming harder to find.

Weekly prices

2018 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Mixed reports from the English packing market. Some felt there was a slight pickup following a slow month in April. However for others, little had changed and trade remained quiet.
  • Size continues to be the determining factor in price. Good quality samples with high baker content are fetching a solid premium.
Scotland - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Demand for free-buy from local packhouses was muted again in Scotland.
  • Most movement continued either down into England, or over the Channel to mainland Europe.
2018 crop - Bags
  • Intermittent rain and cold did little to boost demand in the bag market.
  • As best quality chipping supplies became harder to find, top end prices ticked up. Prices for middle to low quality remained similar to previous weeks, with plenty still in stores.
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.
2018 crop - Processing
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Generally trade in the processing market remained under contract, with free-buy trade mostly limited to odd peeling jobs.
  • Prices and demand for peelers stayed fairly flat on the week.
2018 crop - Exports
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Export trade continued at strong levels with buyers from mainland Europe snapping up anything that met price and quality requirements.
  • Some trade contacts expect exports in April and May to remain high, with strong demand reported throughout.

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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