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Food service sector re-opens in Ireland; European processors exported record volume of product

The food service sector begins to slowly re-open as outdoor dining returned last weekend, according to the latest market report by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA). The industry body says this is especially welcomed by growers who solely supply the sector, as business has been running at below 25% capacity since December.

Prices for peeling produce have been reported in the region of €180-€200/tonne. The first liftings of early crops began last week and will continue this week. Volumes will be slow to come onto the market due to a cold/wet spring. 

Weather conditions conducive to the spread of potato blight will occur in southern and western coastal counties this week. Main crop material continues to tighten and merchants are actively seeking remaining top-quality produce. 

IFA reports that across Europe the fresh and export markets are flat, while the transition over to imported new crop gathers momentum. European factories exported a record 184,000 tonnes of product in March, mainly to the Middle East but also to North America. In the U.K more new crop is becoming available but volumes are still low. Yields are reported to be improving after a spell of warmer weather. 

Ex-farm potato prices reported to the IFA (08/06/2021) 

LowHighAverage
Rooster box€320€380€350
Rooster 10kg€3.30€3.80€3.50
Whites Box€300€350€320

Source: IFA

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