According to this week’s Potato Market Report published by the Irish Farmers’ Association, the average potato prices have remained unchanged from last week. New-season Queens are averaging at €7 per 10-kg bag (ex-farm), while Roosters (old season) remain unchanged.
New-season Roosters will be lifted this week and will make it to supermarkets shortly. As Rooster crops begin to be harvested there is uncertainty surrounding sales.
The recent lockdown of counties Laois, Kildare and Offaly has created more uncertainty in the food-service sector, but, on a positive note, the market for new-season Queens is still strong and is stable as quality remains excellent.
The average ex-farm potato prices are outlined below. They are unchanged from last week.
Pressure remains on prices in the UK with little movement in the market as supply exceeds demand. Yields are expected to be reduced this season as tuber numbers are reported to be low. This may help prices.
Lockdowns in Europe are causing uncertainty in the markets. Drought conditions in central France are a worrying development for the potato crop, while heavy rainfall in Spain is not helping quality issues in the country.