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IFA: Retail potato demand buoyant in Ireland, lockdowns stifling demand in Europe

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) says in its latest weekly report that retail demand was buoyant over the Easter period in Ireland, but the food sector service in the country continues to trade at a minimum.

There was good early planting progress over the past week, IFA reports – although growth rates are hampered as it remains very cold over night with sub-zero temperatures. Indications are that Kerr Pinks and Records varieties are very scarce and commanding a premium price. 

IFA says in its report that plantings in the UK are progressing well following a period of warmer weather. The easing of lockdown restrictions across England this week, alongside good weather seen by many, has energised some demand for chipping potatoes.

Across Europe, another series of lockdowns is reportedly stifling potato demand and the main processors are keeping their requirements almost solely to contracts.

IFA reports that despite improved sales, prices in the fresh sector in Europe are showing signs of downward pressure as growers push for sales. It is estimated that stocks in the five main producer countries in North West Europe – which includes the U.K. – are 900,000 tonnes higher than last year.

Ex-farm potato prices reported to IFA (06/04/2021)

 LowHighAverage
Rooster box €320€380€350
Rooster 10 kg €3.30€3.80€3.50
Whites Box€300€350€320
 Kerr Pinks€4.50€5.00€4.80
Golden Wonder€6€6.50€6.20
Data above provided by the Irish Farmers’ Association

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Source: IFA. Original report here

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