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British growers warn of potato crop damage and soaring prices

Potato growers and suppliers are facing tighter supplies of potatoes and a big hike in prices in the wake of the the recent poor weather, as Grace Duncan reports for The Grocer.

The spot, or wholesale price, of potatoes was “currently at least double what you would expect at this time of year and looks like it’s going one way”, said Tim O’Malley, group MD of Nationwide Produce. 

Following devastating floods across the UK over the past few weeks, “plantings on spuds were already down by around 10%”, he added following the recent ”dreadful growing season”.

“On top of this we now have around 15% to 20% still in the ground,” he added. “Some of this, which has sat in water too long, won’t be lifted. And the rest that is lifted will be of poorer quality.”

Source: The Grocer. Read the full story here

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