02 August 2019
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Potato Weekly

02 August 2019

At a glance

  • Lifting has continued at pace for many, rain only slowed lifting in limited areas.
  • Demand for old crop remains minimal and is a stock clearing activity.
  • Demand for new crop is still described as “steady”, as buyers are cautious after last year’s high prices.
  • Exports onto mainland Europe has slowed for many, although enquiries are still coming through.

Defra ware potato trade survey 

The EU has made a decision not to consider the UK’s third country equivalence before close of withdrawal negotiations are complete. In the event of a no deal exit, from Day 1, UK companies will not be able to export ware potatoes to the EU.

Therefore Defra would like to understand the impact this could potentially have on different aspects of businesses. Any identifying details given will remain confidential. Results from this survey will be used for internal purposes and will not be publicly available.

Click here to complete the short survey

Articles in focus

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

This issue includes a look at Polish production and trade. Also in this release, details on the lifting of the stock feed restriction on MH and where to find your closest desiccation trials event.

Could a Polish shortfall benefit the UK packing market?

A strong demand for fresh packing supplies from Eastern Europe helped provide support to the packing market in the latter half of the 2018/19 season. With shortfalls looking likely in several European countries, could we see this happen again?

UK net exporter of fresh potatoes

AHDB analyst, Alice Bailey gives a brief overview of UK exports to date.

MH stock feed restrictions lifted

The restriction on the use of products containing Maleic Hydrazide (MH) has been removed following a review by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) of the HSE.

Life after Diquat: desiccation trials across AHDB’s SPot network

Visit the replicated trials and demonstrations across the country that will look at the best options for haulm destruction.

Weekly price

2019 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Many packers are heavily contracted, keeping demand for free-buy supplies subdued.
2019 crop - Bags
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • To date, the recent rain has not caused major crop quality issues.
  • Chip shop demand has remained slow for both coastal and urban regions.
  • Prices in the South have slipped a bit on the back of a lack of demand and high availability.
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.
2019 crop - Exports
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Export demand for frying varieties has begun to tail off this week. With increasing volumes becoming available for continental processors closer to home.
2019 crop - Processing
GB - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Many processors are covered by contracts, limiting demand for free-buy supplies.
2018 crop - Packing
England - All prices free-buy, ex farm, £/t unless otherwise stated.
  • Demand for old crop King Edward and reds has remained strong, as availability of new crop is limited for these varieties.
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.
  • Minimal volumes of old crop supplies were reported this week.

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

Alice Bailey
Analyst
Alice.Bailey@ahdb.org.uk
024 7647 8840

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