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Potato Weekly - 1 March 2019

Publication Date: 
1 March 2019

Planting continued to make good progress across Pembrokeshire and southern England. Firm export demand continued this week, with Belgium in particular looking for quality frying material in the face of low stocks. In the packing market, prices for some varieties eased this week as an increased quantity of free-buy stock was released into the market.

  • Availability of free-buy supplies increased this week, with some growers opting to open stores amidst bouts of warmer weather. As a result, prices for some varieties fell with others firming. Quality of stocks remained a key price driver in the face of increased supply. Contracted supplies remain the lions share of movement for the English packing market.
  • Free-buy demand continued to be light this week, causing some prices to ease in the Scottish packing market. Overall movement remains largely contracted and a fair proportion of free-buy purchases are still being moved into England.
  • The bag market trade saw a lift in coastal regions, as the warm and sunny weather increased holiday trade demand. However, urban demand did not benefit to the same extent and the warm weather has prevented customers wanting to store too much stock.

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