European potato market (week 45)

European physical markets

Price summary (source: NEPG):


Fiwap/PCA market message: 

Industrial potatoes:

Prices remain stable and unchanged for the three main varieties. This week, the industrial demand seems a little better than last week. Factories are working well and sales are satisfactory. Export is calmer, but there are some regular requests for information (prices!).

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

Bintje: around 12.50 €/q, depending on caliber and destination; sustained market; good demand, especially from the peelers.

Fontane: around 12.50 €/q, sustained market;

Challenger: around 12.50 €/q, sustained market.

Innovator: between 13.00-14.00 €/q. Firm. Most practiced price: in the upper range.

Agria: between 14.00 and 14.50 €/q.

Bintje plant: very little trade, few sales, expectant market. Indicative prices. Dutch plant, class A, returned March 2020, by 5 tons, in bags hTVA:

Caliber 28-35 mm: 60.00-62.00 €/q

Caliber 35–45 mm: 40.00-42.00 €/q

Fresh market: very variable prices depending on origins, varieties, qualities, calibers. Between 20 and 25.00 €/q for a good soft flesh, and between 25 and 40 €/q for firm flesh. Higher prices (up to 45-50 €/q) are quoted for some specific varieties or superior qualities, mainly coming from France.

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

Grubbing continued at full speed, sometimes 24h a day in order to get the “kleipiepers” in (potatoes from the clay lands) in the Northeast, Northwest, West and Southwest of the country. At least 20% of the potatoes still remain to be grubbed in the clay lands. In North Holland, some start to wonder if some plots will remain ungrubbed.

Quotations were in slight variation last week for some. Export prices are more firm on a basis of 14.50 to 16.50 €/q, departure at the producer, to export to Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Some demand from the industry and trade as well, with the main quotation “NeBeDe 40mm+” stable but tight, between 12.50 and 14/50 €/q. VTA quotations (normal fries) and fries extra are unchanged, at 12.00-15.00 €/q and 15.00-18.00 €/q respectively.

Quotation PotatoNL: also available on 

Grubbing is almost completed (95%), but some parcels are still not harvested on the coast of Calais-Dunkirk. Firm market, prices slightly up, particularly for the “fresh export” varieties, with producer prices between 25 and 31 €/q.

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

Grubbing is almost completed (more than 95%). Fresh market, more firm again for the firm flesh at 21.17 €/q (compared to 20.00 €/q last week) and up for the soft and mealy flesh at 19.42 €/q (compared to 18.59 €/q). For the “dry output warehouse” batches, add 5 €/qt! Demand is still good from the Eastern and Southeastern Europe, with important volumes leaving.

Processing market: unchanged quotations for Fontane/Challenger at 12.50-13.00 €/q (compared to 12.00-12.50 €/q); same for Innovator between 14.00 and 14.50 €/q (compared to 14.00-14.50 €/q). Grubbing mostly completed.

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

Great Britain
Average AHDB price free markets week 43 (ending on October 26th): 16.07 €/q (compared to 15.19 €/q in week 42, all varieties, all markets). Grubbing is not completed and the rains from the end of last week are not helping...10 to 15% of the potatoes are still in the fields.

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