Despite January usually being a quiet month for the potato trade, January 2021 has been one of the quietest ever for some. Demand on free-buy across the week has been described as lacklustre, as supplies are fulfilled on contract.
Lockdown and mobility restrictions are hitting all businesses and stakeholders across the industry. With months of trade lost some are cutting their losses as sheds are extremely full for the time of year.
Despite low moods and apprehension across the processing and bags trade, the vaccination programme offers some optimism. However, it hasn’t yet been ruled out that lockdown measures will not be eased in time for Easter.