07 June 2019
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Potato Weekly

07 June 2019

At a glance

  • New crop lifting continues with some of the earliest growers finished.
  • Generally the crop is looking well, but rain and warmth would be beneficial.
  • Many crops are being irrigated for scab control and to assist tuber development.
  • Domestic demand is steady, with best quality old crop supplies increasingly difficult to get hold of.

Articles in focus

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

This issue includes analysis on exports, consumer trends. Also in this release, is our summer events preview and an update to our storage advice service. 

Exports of fresh potatoes increased again as March sets new records

At over 20Kt, exports of fresh potatoes in March to EU countries was the highest on record for this month. Driving the rise in fresh exports has been a notable increase in volumes being sent to less-traditional export regions such as Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium and France.

Organic grows, defying low consumer confidence

The organic market, along with other premium categories such as free-from, is showing resilience to economic uncertainty and low consumer confidence. The total organic market grew by +5.3% in 2018, according to the Soil Association Certification (SAC).

Summer events preview

We have more events for you to attend this year than ever before, offering you a chance to discuss key subjects with independent experts, AHDB team members and other growers. Find the best event for you, via our new events portal, or browse everything we have going on in this preview article.
 

One-to-one potato storage advice available amidst changes

Our storage team has launched its new Storage Network, as part of an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage support. Potato Store Managers from levy-paying businesses will be able to call on the network for a site visit and one-to-one advice, delivered by independent advisors who have received training and information from AHDB experts.

Weekly price

2019 crop
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Demand for new crop is sluggish at current free-buy prices..
  • Chipping supplies are expected to be available over the next couple of weeks.
2018 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Old crop trade has continued to be steady.
  • It is getting hard to find supplies of old crop with very best quality, these continue to fetch a premium.
Scotland - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Free-buy demand was reportedly quiet this week, causing prices to ease in the Scottish packing market.
  • Movement continues to be predominantly contracted supply, with reports of free-buy supplies being moved into England.
2018 crop - Bags
  • Bag trade has been reportedly slow across the country.
  • Domestic supplies at the right quality and price are reported to be hard to find.
  • Supplies are being supplemented with competitively priced imports.
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.
  • Many processors are covered by contract supplies so the demand for free-buy material is remaining slow.
  • Seems to be a fair amount of lower quality processing material still around.
2018 crop - Exports
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Exports are beginning to slow down.
  • Contacts suggest that those previously buying UK supplies are looking closer to home with new crop available on the continent now.

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 prices are based on a smaller sample.
n/c = no comparison. For further information on what these prices mean and how they are calculated, please click here.
N.B Weekly change is based on the last reported week.

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Author

Peter Collier
Analyst
Peter.Collier@ahdb.org.uk
024 7647 8851

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