The Irish potato market has been quieter as of late, but this is typical for the time of year. Demand will return to normal as we near September.
Queen stocks are low at this stage, with the market stabilized at current price levels. Quality and DM levels have been excellent this season which has boosted sales. With some retailers programmed to sell washed set skin product this should move the bulk of the remaining Queen stock.
Liftings of new season Rooster are continuing. It is said their quality is fine, but tuber numbers are low. Prices are in the range of €500 to €550/t in tonne boxes. Most retailers will have converted to new season in prepacks by the end of this week. New season Irish salad potatoes are also arriving on the shelves. The 7.5kg packs will probably remain in old season product until these clear in early September.
Ifa.ie reports that markets in the UK remain subdued with most buying being done to contract. The fresh chip market is still below par due to the impact of COVID-19. This has also impacted the market here in Ireland due to cheap UK imports and a weaker sterling which are undermining local grower prices.