In a remarkable development that’s catching the attention of potato industry professionals in Europe and beyond, Ukraine is witnessing a significant surge in wholesale potato prices.
According to the latest potato report by EastFruit, prices have reached 18-25 UAH/kg (US $0.48-0.67/kg), marking an average increase of 12% from just the previous week. This price point is notably four times higher than it was during the same period in 2023.
This sharp rise in prices is primarily attributed to a looming shortage of quality potatoes in storage, as the current season nears its end. Ukrainian farmers have reported lower yields and problems with the quality of local potatoes, factors that are severely impacting the market dynamics.
The situation in Ukraine is having a ripple effect across borders, stimulating imports from neighboring countries. Notably, Polish potatoes are now entering the Ukrainian market to meet the growing demand. This influx of imports has, in turn, led to a rise in potato prices in Poland, with prices currently being at least 20% lower than in Ukraine.
As key market players note, the stocks of high-quality potatoes in Ukrainian farms are extremely limited, while the demand for these products shows no signs of slowing down. This scenario presents both challenges and opportunities for industry players, from farmers to distributors and retailers.
The Ukrainian potato market is at a critical juncture. With prices at a record high and supply chains being tested, the industry is looking for ways to navigate through these turbulent times. This situation underscores the need for strategic planning and international cooperation in the potato industry, to ensure a stable market and the availability of quality produce.
Source: EastFruit. Original report here
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