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European potato market (week 46)

France: "Difficult markets for Bintje"

Fiwap/PCA Market Message:

Industrial varieties:

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.


• "frying quality": max 15% floating at 1060g/l and PSE min 335g/5 kg: 18 to 25€/q. Very low offer, very few transactions;

• "failing 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, bulk, VAT excl. firm prices by speculation. Very little trade.

In the Netherlands the production of seedlings has generally less tuber formation this season ... Consequence? Fewer tubers (and sometimes larger tubers, sometimes gone into processing when the PES were high enough). In any case, there are 5 to 10% of “fry” variety plants in less than a normal year. In precocious and half-precocious varieties the reduction is much more important! This is what Jan Van Hoogen, director of the Agrico plant house, said during last week’s traditional "pootgoeddagen". Plant price increases are expected in main varieties ... These increases will be partly offset by higher contract prices (source: Boeren Business).

Size 28 - 35 mm: 89,00 - 94,00 €/q.

Size 35 - 45 mm: 58,00 - 63,00 €/q firm

Futures market

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

Little change on (slight increase in Cat I, tightening of the range in Cat II). On the fresh market, price between 27.00 and 33.00€/q (Nicola, Frieslander, Melody). For export, no changes with prices between 29.00 and 32.00€/q (over-sized plants between 25.00 and 26.50 €/q).

PotatoNL quotation: see also on

Difficult markets for Bintje, firmer but without dynamism in other varieties. The difficulties of conservation are confirmed for Bintje and the range of prices practiced remains very wide. Some manufacturers work Bintje as a priority to save a maximum of volume. Very few transactions for other varieties whose demand seems a little more sustained, related to the end of grubbing. On the fresh produce markets, activity is described as regular, with prices ranging from 25.00€/q in versatile varieties to 40.00€/q in firm flesh. For export, Italy, Spain and Portugal are buyers, as well as Eastern European countries (for example red varieties at 34.00 - 36.00€/q in big-bag departures). Transport to Spain remains limited.

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

Harvests completed. On the fresh produce market (Rhineland), on November 9th, prices were unchanged for firm flesh at 28 €/q for the latest crops and 32€/q for the storage output, and 26€/q (dep. fields) and 30 € / q for storage output for soft flesh. For firm flesh on sale at the farm (Rhineland) prices ranged from 11.00 to 12.00€/q per 25kg bag (unchanged). Prices up to €3.00/q were given for superior quality.

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

Both conventional and organic quality problems related to rejection were reported, sometimes due to skin too firm, common scab, ageing and premature germination have been reported. Many people are wondering where potatoes will come from in late winter. Prices should remain fairly stable by the end of the year, after ... we'll see!

* Sold directly from the field, it is necessary to withdraw 1,00 € / q to these prices for sorting expenses

Average producer price (all markets) week.44: 28.37€/q

(against € 28.73 in week 43). € 28.37/q.

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