European potato market (week 43)

Belgium has sharply reduced its French potato imports

European physical markets

Price summary (source: NEPG):


Fiwap/PCA market message:

Industrial potatoes:

Prices for the 3 main varieties come together after last week’s rise. The markets remain however firm as grubbing is still difficult and the offer not pressing. The industrial demand is good with several active buyers. Peelers are looking for ideal batches of Bintje (sufficient caliber and non-excessive PSE). Export continues to various Eastern countries.

Price for all comers, 35 mm+, min 60% 50mm+, min 360g/5kg PSE, bulk, friable, departure, excl.VAT, direct delivery:

Bintje: around 12.50 €/q, depending on caliber and destination; firm market;

Fontane: around 12.50 €/q, firm market;

Challenger: around 12.50 €/q, firm market.

Forward market

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

All quotations were on the rise last week, due to the weak grubbing progress and globally low offer. The export demand remains nicely active but the “reliable” stocks are running out and buyers are looking for dry and hard batches on a basis of 14 to 16 €, departure at the producer to export to Eastern Europe and Africa. There is also demand from industry and trade. 

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Several factories are buying on the free market. The priority for producers at the moment is to continue grubbing for storage when the weather conditions allow it, depending on the production zones. The supply is therefore still low for now, influencing an upward trend on prices, especially for export where activity is increasing. Italy and Spain are more interested in quality potatoes due to a deterioration of the quality of the local supply. Prices vary widely from 18 to 27 €/q (calibrated big-bag departure). Good quality batches push prices upward on a market where there is a sharp contrast in prices depending on the varieties and the quality. The domestic market is unreliable but globally not very active despite slightly lower temperatures. Only a few commercial operations carried out by some brands animate the market.

Unwashed industrial potato, bulk, departure, excl.VAT, Nord Seine, €/qt, min–max (moy)(RNM):

Slow start for export. France exported 63,800 tons last August, which is almost 10,000 tons less than last year, the drought having delayed the harvests. Belgium has sharply reduced its French potato imports (only 21,600 tons, compared to 36,000 tons last year). On the other hand, trade to Spain and Italy started well, with the highest volume since 2015.

French export of fresh potatoes (sources: customs via)

The fresh market is variable, more firm for firm flesh at 19.33 €/q (compared to 19.17 €/q last week), and slightly down for soft and mealy flesh at 18.08 €/q (compared to 18.13 €/q). For the batches with completed healing, add 5 €/qt! Demand is still good from the Eastern and Southeastern Europe, with important volumes leaving...

Processing market: quotations more firm for Fontane/Challenger at 12.00-12.50 €/q (compared to 11.50-12.00 €/q), and more firm for Innovator between 13.00 and 13.50 €/q (compared to 12.50-13.00 €/q). At the end of last week, 70 to 80% of the harvests were finished in Rhineland.

Organic potatoes: prices renewed around 65.00-67.00 €/q.

Great Britain
Average AHDB price free markets week 41 (ending on October 5th): 14.58 €/q (compared to 13.61 €/q, all varieties, all markets, in week 40).

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