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Market Report Austria, CW 2/2019:

Rising potato and onion prices characterising current trade

The Austrian potato market has started the year with rising producer prices. With the turnovers around the turn of the year, food retailers were extremely satisfied this year. In January, sales are likely to settle at a low level.

Positive influence on distribution readiness
Traders continue to be supplied with goods by the farmers as needed. The higher prices have had a positive effect on the willingness of farmers to pay. But quality problems and the associated high sortings remain on the agenda as well. The stocks are shrinking accordingly quickly. The supply of predominantly hard-boiling varieties in particular is already very manageable.

In Lower Austria, table potatoes are now generally marketed at € 25 per 100 kg. For wire worm-free, small packable premium goods with AMA quality seal up to € 29 per 100 kg can be achieved. In Upper Austria,  up to € 27 per 100 kg were paid.

Onion prices up considerably
The Austrian onion market starts the new year with a price hike. Domestic demand is still steady after a satisfactory Christmas season. But in the export market, brisk demand continues unabated as well. Supply can not keep up and available quantities are sought after accordingly. Producer prices went up again in the last week. For onions, cleaned and sorted in the crate, depending on the quality and size, the price was between € 42 and 46 per 100 kg.

Lower Austria: carrot market unchanged
The market situation between has not changed in the Lower Austrian carrot market. Domestic sales, after satisfying Christmas sales, are steady at the usual seasonal levels. Exports continue to be small in size. Producer prices are stable at last week's levels. In the next few weeks, rising prices are expected as there will be scarcity in the  supply situation.

Source : LKÖ

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