Market Report Austria, KW 13:

'Breather for potato packing companies, increasing onion exports'

The situation on the Austrian market for table potatoes has settled again after the extremely turbulent past weeks. Many households are now well stocked with food. Sales in the food retail trade have declined accordingly in recent days. In any case, the catering and wholesale trade has been almost at a standstill since the beginning of last week. Exports are also still not an issue. Uncertainty in view of the recent sales slackness does not arise however in the industry. Inventories are now quite manageable and should be sufficient for domestic supplies until the start of the early potato season. Farmers are also still willing to sell.

There is no change in prices compared to the previous week. In Lower Austria at the beginning of the week a price range of 22 to 28 Euro/100 kg depending on variety and quality was mentioned, whereby 25 Euro/100 kg are usually paid for wireworm-free, small packable premium goods with AMA quality seal. Prices of up to 32 Euro/100 kg were reported from Upper Austria. However, only very manageable quantities are available here.

Rising export numbers
The Austrian onion market is still characterised by strong demand. Sales in the domestic food retail trade have calmed down again after the numerous stockpiling purchases by consumers in recent weeks. Recently there has been increasing interest in exports, especially from South-Eastern Europe. Export prices have risen accordingly. There are no price changes on the domestic market for the time being. For onions, cleaned and sorted in the box, prices between 24 and 28 Euro/100 kg were recently paid. For qualitatively weaker or smaller batches, the price level is lower.

Sales in the food retail sector are normalising
The Lower Austrian carrot market continues to be in good shape. Sales in the domestic food retail sector have recently returned to normal. Exports are reporting increasing interest in Austrian goods. There is no change in price for the time being.

Source: LKÖ

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