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Overview of the European potato market (week 39)

In Belgium, markets are still firm, with almost no price change and (very) few free transactions. Few industrial buyers actively looking for potatoes. Limited offer due to harvest difficulties and prospects of low average yields.

The demand for exports is very strong from various destinations in Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa.

For the French industry, free purchases remain limited, given the very high rate of contractualization. But some industrials are buying (a little). Prices did not evolve last week, despite the increase of the forward market: quotations between 10.00 and 12.50 €/q, depending on the variety. 

In the fields, the conditions are too dry, which worries producers and buyers. In the Hauts-de-France, detopping continues but harvesting is not making any progress because of soils that are too dry or detopping that took place too early. Yields are confirmed to be very variable. Prices remain between 20.00 and 25.00 €/q for producers (fresh market).

About 30% of the French crops have been harvested (estimation UNPT).

Markets in the Netherlands are still firm but with no real evolution in prices. The base remains at 10.00 €/q, with a range widening up to 12 €/q for Innovator, and 13 to 14 €/q for Agria.

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In some Länder or sub-regions in Germany, harvesting is rendered difficult by the drought. However, there is enough supply to cover the various demands, including those for shipments/export to the Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

Full report by FreshPlaza here

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