"Bintje is experiencing a strong price change"

Fiwap/PCA Market Message:

Industrial varieties of conservation:

Fontane: 25,00 to 27,00 €/q; stable market;

Challenger: 25.00 to 27.00 €/q; stable market;

Innovator: 27.00 to 28.50 €/q; firm market.

Bintje: "friable quality": max 15% floating at 1060g/l and PSE min 335g/5kg: 18 to 25 €/q. The top of the range is for the best lots intended for peeling and frying. Little offer, stable prices;

"Defective quality": more than 15% floating point and/or PSE <345g/5kg: 10 to 15€/q. Quiet market (offer greater than or equal to demand). The offer remains urgent (clearing of hangars, last deliveries...). Demand depends on the ability of the buyer to process batches (salt bath and wash). The price remains very dependent on the total tare (floating) and transport costs.

European physical markets
Price summary (source: NEPG):

Bintje Plant:
Dutch plant, Class A, returned March 2019, by 5 tons, in bags, hTVA: firm prices by speculation. Very little trade.

Size 28 - 35 mm: 89,00 - 94,00€/q.

Forward market

EEX in Leipzig (€/q) Bintje, Agria and var. related for conversion, 40 mm +, min 60% 50 mm +:


Publication of the Dutch harvest estimate strengthened the markets. The PotatoNl quotation (which has resumed its bi-weekly rhythm) raised category 2 by € 1.25/q (see below). Actual transactions for the market exceed € 30/q. The exported volumes remain constrained by the high price level (29.50 to 32.00€/q in bags). Price offers are made (Caribbean and Africa) but with too little real trade in return.

PotatoNL quotation: see also on www.potatonl.com

Uprooting is coming to an end, and is almost completed, with the exception of a few parcels in Flanders. Prices remain stable on all varieties intended for the industry, with the exception of Bintje, which is experiencing a strong price variation according to the quality of the lots presented. Producers wish to clear lots with quality concerns and sometimes destocking occurs when conservation is considered too random. Some processors need to increase their salt bath wash capacity. The market remains more affected by these lots whose offer becomes more pressing, while few quality Bintje is offered for sale. The export market remains unabated towards traditional destinations, probably more regular in Spain, but logistical constraints still weigh on a potentially more active exchange. In the domestic market, lower temperatures are favorable for trade.

According to the CNIPT (KantarWorldpanel survey), there was a 12.1% decrease in purchases of household potatoes between 10/09 and 07/10/2018. As in the FRG (see our message last week), this drop is due to the hot summer temperatures of the late summer and early fall. The decline is lower in "specialized circuits" (markets, baskets, farm ...) and there is a rise (+4.5%) in purchases of small formats (less than 2.5 kg).

Unwashed industrial potato, bulk, departure, HTVA, North Seine, €/qt, min - max (avg) (RNM):

Harvests completed. On the fresh market (Rhineland), on November 2nd, prices were unchanged for farm meat at 28 €/q for the last leaving the field and 32 €/q for the storage output, and 26 €/q (field price) and 30 €/q for storage output for soft flesh. For firm meat on sale at the farm (Rhineland) prices ranged between 11.00 and 12.00€/q per 25kg bag (unchanged).

At the national level, prices of fresh market varieties have only increased in recent weeks (see table). For lots of top quality, prices up to € 30.00/q were given.

Potatoes for industry (fries), unchanged prices, firm market. Agria at 28.00€/q, Fontane at 27.00€/q, and Innovator/Ivory Russet at 29.00€/q. Prices remain stable and firm on the processing market.

Off the field, withdraw 1,00€/q from these prices for sorting expenses

Great Britain
Average producer price (all markets) week.43: 28.73€/q.

Statistical data from our AHDB colleagues are communicated with great caution and delay ... There is still no official or unofficial estimate of the 2018 production that everyone believes is falling. 2018 areas declined by 4.4% to 117,300 ha according to a recent assessment and the top-5 planted varieties did not change (see table).

Surfaces of the main varieties in the United Kingdom (in ha) (source: AHDB):

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