Irish potato prices have doubled over the past 12 months, according to a Dublin-based fresh produce supplier. And there could still be further market increases in the pipeline, as Richard Halleron reports for Agriland.
Justin Leonard, the owner of a fresh fruit and vegetable supply business explained: “Last summer’s drought created a major shortage in potato supplies right across Europe. Here in Ireland potato growers had also come under pressure on the back of fast rising fertiliser and energy costs.
“…these figures increased dramatically during the 2022/2023 season. This was a direct result of the increased energy costs impacting on the Irish economy as a whole,” he added.
“Currently, potatoes cannot be sourced from any region of Europe. Last year’s crop has now been fully utilised. The end result has been a doubling of potato prices, year-on-year.”
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