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UK: Slight increase in demand as schools restart; ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme ends

The week has been described as relatively quiet across the board, with many supplies across all sectors utilised mainly on contract, writes AHDB Analyst Anthony Speight in today’s issue of the Potato Weekly report.

He says slight increase in demand for certain sectors as schools start again after many months of being shut. However, stakeholders within the industry say this is not necessarily being felt as we head into a conventionally quiet spell.

Better weather this week has allowed growers to continue to lift, and many have reported they’ll start burning crops off in the coming weeks in preparation for lifting.

There has been a slight increase in demand at the lower end of the market, supported by schools returning. The Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme has drawn to a close, which had helped improve demand for some processing material. Many restaurants are continuing similar promotions throughout September to try and maintain a level of demand for the food service sector.

Source: Potato Weekly 4 September
Photo: BBC

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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