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IFA: Retail potato demand in Ireland remains buoyant; rain across Europe welcomed

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) says in its latest potato report that retail demand in Ireland remains buoyant, and as restrictions ease further on June 29th and restaurants can re-open, growers are reminded to supply the peeling market where possible.

There is a shortage of good quality packing material and growers with quality stock can command a premium. Demand for early varieties remains very high and it will be two weeks before major volumes of Queens are available.

United Kingdom: In the U.K it is becoming increasingly difficult to move lower quality stock as many stakeholders cherry-pick top quality supplies as the end of the 2019 season approaches. This pro-longed old-crop presence could continue to add pressure to the earlies market.

Europe: Once again rainfall across Europe in the past week was welcomed. There has been 12 to 35mm of rain across Central and Northern Europe this week with some isolated outbreaks of 50 to 70mm. Not everyone has had rain and some areas including Northern Holland and parts of Eastern England remain very dry. As restrictions continue to ease processing factories are starting to increase production and “activity” is now put at 70 to 100%.

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
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