AHDB Analyst Thomma Shepherd reports in the latest Ptoato Weekly report that free-buy markets experienced a downturn in trade this week, with most overall demand met by contracted material. Markets have seen demand dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, with Christmas parties this year restricted by government guidelines.
Chipping markets have seen demand hit by the wetter weather, seasonal declines and reduced footfall amid lockdown measures, with competition from other takeaway restaurants. Persistent wet weather has paused lifting for some still clearing, particularly pockets of the East, Northern regions and some Scottish areas.
Packing for retail seems to have found its demand level for the lockdown so far, not changing week-on-week. Maris Piper continues to receive a premium above other varieties, with prices holding firm from last week. Demand has been seen for this variety ahead of most other whites. There has been reports of some tonnages moving between stores ahead of the Christmas demand, with best quality a key factor in this.
Demand for reds is firming, with prices strengthening slightly from the previous week. Demand for salads has been relatively muted with the exception of absolute best quality supplies. The closure of