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  • Potato supply chain making moves to protect stocks

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has estimated GB grower held potato stocks at the end of November 2018 at 2.97Mt. This is the lowest during this point in the season since 2016/17 and follows one of the smallest potato harvests on record. Drawdown, the rate at which potatoes are removed from store, is lower than recent years at 39%, three percentage points below the five-...

    18 January 2019

  • AHDB funds increased storage support amid CIPC uncertainty

    Potato store managers will be able to call on information and support from an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage advice as the uncertainty around the future of Chlorpropham (CIPC) continues. There have been several delays to the re-approval for use in the European Union (EU) of CIPC, which is used as a sprout suppressant on more than 80 per cent of potatoes stored in the...

    14 January 2019

  • Fresh potato sales rise 3 points to 1.3m tonnes amid AHDB campaign success

    Shoppers bought three per cent more potatoes this year compared to 2015, new data shows. The figures for the last 12 months are equally encouraging, as Kantar Worldpanel report that a total of 2.2 million tonnes were sold in the last 12 months. This is a result of: Total 2018 potato sales: Up 1.8% Fresh potato sales 2018: Up 1.4% Frozen potato sales: Up 1.1% Crisp sales: Up 3.1% During the same...

    19 December 2018

  • AHDB Storage Network workshop

    Are you a storage advisor? Join our network! During 2019, we will be making it easier than ever for store managers to receive independent advice, based on the latest storage research. Our new Storage Network project involves using specialist trainers and advisors from industry to boost the services we already provide from Sutton Bridge. This will allow us to share research results and best...

    13 December 2018

  • Potato production hits lowest level since 2012

    The total potato harvest is 13% down on the five-year average of 5.6m tonnes at 4.9m tonnes, according to the annual Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) estimate. The relatively low production figure is a result of an estimated 4.4% drop in planted area, and a 12% drop in average yield. The crop was heavily impacted by a combination of late planting and the prolonged hot and dry...

    11 December 2018

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