Scottish potato production continues to thrive in the current crisis, but with a collapse in the food service sector, fresh market suppliers could face increased competition from the processing market who are looking for a space on the shelves.
The Scottish Farmer caught up with Fraser Malcolm of the Scottish Potato Cooperative to hear how the potato market has been impacted by covid-19.
“Four weeks ago, it went absolutely crazy,” he said. “We were looking at double volumes for ten days to meet the huge surge in demand. However, orders have crashed dramatically since.
“The whole supply chain is starting to struggle as supermarkets can’t get enough vehicles; staff are going off in to isolation and there aren’t enough trays to get products on to the shop floor – not to mention people are more frightened of going to supermarkets amid the scare.”
He added that people are also likely to be more cautious about food waste and are living more frugally at this time – which he believes could be having an impact on demand.