All latest monthly News, Consumers, COVID-19 News, Europe, UK, Ireland, Retail, Trends

A shift in market requirements for the British potato industry

In light of the coronavirus outbreak reaching the UK in January 2020 there has been significant development, ultimately changing the way the potato industry has been functioning. At first, the changes were slow but once the government started enforcing stricter guidelines things quickly changed, says AHDB in the UK in a news report end of the past week.

Overall traded volumes jumped up from the week commencing 8th March with the increased retail demand offsetting drops from food-service.
This could be short lived with many customers likely to be well-stocked and potential for retail requirements to drop back to more normal levels. This would mean the effects of a drop in food-service will more likely be felt.

From the week commencing 8th March, volumes of potatoes traded started to ramp up. The weekly average price survey (WAPS) showed a week-on-week rise of 20% in the overall volume of potatoes traded from ex-farm and has since remained relatively stable. The big shift, was what sector the volumes were moving through.

AHDB analysts say they have seen a huge increase in the retail demand for potatoes which has seemingly offset the drop off in food service requirements. With many restaurants and food outlets being forced to close their doors it is no surprise that this sector has shrunk in the potato industry.

This poses the question of what volumes of potatoes were grown and are available for the required markets? With fresh chip and significant amounts of French fries volumes not required anymore, could we see a shift in the movement of potatoes initially destined for these markets into other sectors?

Read the full AHDB report here
Photo credit: Potato Business

Stockosorb 660 from Eco+

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher

[email protected]
[email protected]
Connect with me on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter
Visit Potato News Today on Facebook
Find us on Tumblr
About us

Kindly support our Advertisers – they make this information service possible:

SoilEssentials – TuberZone


Tomra Food



Volm Companies


Receive breaking potato news in your inbox

Folks, you are most welcome to share your email address with us - and follow us - if you want to receive an email as soon as we publish a breaking news item on Potato News Today.

Join 1,867 other subscribers

Follow PNT on Twitter

Most read stories the past 24 hours

Belgium : Flemish potato growers foresee 10 mil Euro as support to cover part of their income losses for 'free (non contracted) potatoes'
McCain Foods delays US potato plant project
US potato market shows clear pandemic effect
'So, God made a farmer'
Invitation to attend the KTIF Tuberzone Webinar on cutting edge crop modelling technology
AHDB potato marketing campaign: Bud is back and taking to the small screen!
On-farm trials: Can brackish water be used for drip irrigating a potato crop?
On June 2, Washington State potato growers will reach mission to get 1 million pounds of potatoes to those in need
Flexible drift retardant designed for use with potato blight fungicides said to reduce drift and maximise coverage
In memoriam: Potato industry veteran Dr Joe Pavek passed away

Archive of monthly posts

Loyal readers from around the world – thank you for visiting Potato News Today! Stats below…

  • 609,640