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Retail demand for potatoes remains buoyant in Ireland

Retail demand remains buoyant in Ireland, and the food service sector is now operating at around 20-25% of capacity as more restaurants open on a take-out basis, according the IFA’s weekly report released earlier today.

The IFA says glasshouse potatoes started over the last two weeks, and roadside sales are expected to begin next week. With current travel restrictions in place it is unknown what projected sales will be.

If dry weather and winds conditions persist in Ireland, crops will most likely be delayed, especially along the east coast. First outdoor early crops are expected to be dug for the June bank holiday weekend.  IFA is currently undertaking a stocks survey.

The market situation remains largely unchanged in the UK, the IFA reports. Conditions are also extremely dry and the rain last week wasn’t quite enough to make a difference. Frost concerns remain if cooler nights become present.

The European futures market has traded higher for the first time in weeks since the pandemic hit. The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) suggests that there are 2 million tonnes of processing potatoes in Northern Europe which will need to be moved for animal feed, starch or ethanol production before the start of next season.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 LowHighAverage
Rooster box€330€380€350
Rooster10 kg bag€3.30€4.00€3.50
Whites box€320€370€350
K Pinks 10kg bag€4.20€5.00€4.50
Golden Wonder 10kg bag€5.00€6.00€5.50

Source: IFA
Photo: Courtesy Ardkeen. Nicky Kehoes new potatoes

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