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Are there signs of recovery for British potato markets?

According to a report by Anthony Speight, Analyst at AHDB, the month of May has been relatively static across the industry in general. The initial lockdown caused a divergence in demand between the retail and food service sector.

Speight writes in his report: “We have since seen their respective demand stabilise momentarily and we are at a juxtaposition that relies on further uplifting of lockdown restrictions for demand to increase.


According to Speight, lack of precipitation throughout May has been a concern for some growers. It has proved problematic for both lifting of earlies and development of maincrop. For many, irrigation schedules have been rolled out early as concerns exacerbate.

Colder snaps in mid-May, resulting in frosts, hindered the development of some crops along with strong wind causing problems, particularly in northern parts of England.

Trade overview


Throughout the successive weeks of May, free-buy trade across all sectors was described as

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