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Large potato stocks in North-West Europe; lower contract prices expected for coming season

All recent stockpile inventories taken in the NEPG countries (North-Western European Potato Growers) have indicated that real potato stocks are higher compared to last season. They are also higher with regard to the five-year average. With 6% more acreage in the North-West and an 11% higher yield than last year, there are currently too many potatoes. This imbalance between supply and demand is having a negative impact on current free market prices. This is despite the processing industry showing a growth of 15% in production over the past five years. The supply still, however, exceeds demand. This is partly due to these low-quality products, which were not processed at an earlier stage, still being continually supplied. The processing side’s activities are good, but almost all the extra potatoes needed are supplied from contracted potatoes. Based on the current situation, lower contract prices for processing potatoes are expected for the coming season. More

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