Several EU processors closing for Christmas break

Retail demand for potatoes rising in Ireland

In its weekly report, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) states that retail demand is on the rise in Ireland as we approach the Christmas peak period. The food service sector continues to trade this week, which is also welcome.

Kerr’s Pinks are now in short supply which has seen the market price strengthen for this variety. Growers in Donegal are continuing to harvest when ground conditions allow. Again, the main focus this week remains around Brexit talks as the deadline is getting ever closer.

Due to the excessive import of UK potatoes retailers need to ensure UK produce is not been mislabelled as Irish. IFA are currently undertaking their own investigations on this issue and have requested DAFM and Bord Bia to do likewise.

Across Europe the processing market is quiet, with some factories closing on alternative weeks and some factories are closing for the Christmas break which is unheard of. The fresh markets remain buoyant, with best washing quality samples firm and some signs that prices could improve for best quality.


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