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Potato Weekly - 22 March 2019

Publication Date: 
22 March 2019

Demand for free-buy drew back on the week. Prices remained stable for premium quality supplies, but downward movement for secondary supplies was recorded. Continued ample movement of Maris Piper caused prices to dip further in the packing markets. Meanwhile planting progress remained relatively slow this week with saturated soils limiting fieldwork opportunities in many regions.

  • Packers were prioritising contracted movement this week, resulting in little change in demand in the English packing market. Prices for best quality supply remained steady, but the movement of Scottish supplies into England continues to weigh on the market.
  • Little changed in the Scottish packing market this week. Ample supplies of good quality packing material and limited local demand incentivised movement into English markets.
  • Mixed reports of trade emerged from the bag market this week, with regional differences. Despite this, prices for top quality supplies have remained fairly steady. However, prices for lower quality material have slipped in some regions.

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