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Processing markets in Britain look to the return of education sectors; exports started strongly

Free-buy potato markets in the UK continue to see pressure on prices. Increasingly available supply for markets has met a widespread muted level of demand, writes Alex Cook in the latest issue of AHDB’s Potato Weekly report.

Trade has remained on a steady level, consisting of mostly repeat orders. Contracted movement continues to dominate potato markets with a smaller level of free-buy tonnage reported. Cooler temperatures brought some small instances of fresh demand.

Frequent bands of rainfall fell across the country, though somewhat welcomed, has paused lifting for many growers. Those on lighter lands saw a day or two’s worth of delays, whilst heavier soils expecting a slightly longer delay. There has been some internal quality issues reported following crop stress with periods of hot temperatures and increased rainfall levels.

Set skin supplies of red potatoes remain difficult to find and so prices have risen to reflect this scarcity. Maris Piper continues to command a premium to other ‘white’ varieties, the well-known name is a popular choice for consumers. There has been some quality issues reported in some Maris Piper supplies.

Processing markets have been reported as steady this week, with some better levels of demand for frozen potato products following the government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ voucher scheme. Processing markets look to the return of education sectors for an increased level of demand in the next few weeks.

Exports have reportedly started the season strongly, following a poorer domestic harvest for the Island.

Source: AHDB. Read the full Potato Weekly report here

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