Demand across the week is described as lacklustre, with the majority of movement on contract. The government roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions, due 22 February, is awaited by the industry. This is needed to help forecast future demand, although some are concerned whether timings of easements will stimulate sufficient levels.
Quality issues are starting to show and for some, the current pressure on prices is in the face of rising storage costs this season. This week’s free-buy packing trade is reported as both slow and low in volume, compared to previous weeks.
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