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UK: Outlook 2018 – Opportunities for potato growers in processing

Northern Europe continues to be a threat to an already over-supplied UK market. While the weak pound reduces the competitiveness of European production, the cost of production in mainland Europe is lower than here in the UK, due to better yields/crop utilisation and a generally lower cost base, says Andersons director Jay Wootton. The UK market for processed product continues to grow and the lack of investment in processing facilities generally is a concern, if growers are to take advantage of that market, says Mr Wootton. “Continental processors are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities provided, and displace home-grown tonnage. “Ware growers reviewing their strategy would do well to consider the option of processing contracts. However, the relative economics between ware and processing, and the productive capacity of their land base, will be dictating factors.” More

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