Potato Weekly - 16 April 2021

'Maris Piper prices increased as availability dwindles'

Demand this week has been different across the sectors, dependant on the end-market and location. The easing of lockdown restrictions has increased demand for certain hospitality locations e.g pubs and local restaurants.

Maris Piper prices across the sectors have increased on the week as availability dwindles. The best quality high end supplies are particularly difficult to come by.

The continued cooler spring could extend the use of old-crop potatoes. The dry weather has meant that planting continues to progress well. Many planters are ahead of historical pace. As a result, some logistical delays have resulted in shortages of specific seed varieties getting to farms.

Colder night-time temperatures have slowed growth of early crops, particularly fields in coastal regions.

Market Commentary
Packing has not experienced the same level of demand as other sectors, following the easing of restrictions on Monday. As a result, trade has been mostly ‘repeat orders’ with median prices for Whites maintaining the £100/t mark.

We are able to publish a Maris Piper price this week with sufficient quotes permitting. Supplies remain scarce, but in strong demand, which means the high end has increased to £350/t, up from £315/t two weeks ago. Supermarket demand has been the main contributor to this. Reds have dropped slightly on the week but remain on the £200/t median point.

Image: AHDB

The bag market has seen a much better level of demand this week. The easing of lockdown measures have brought consumers to pubs and restaurants en-masse. It is hoped warmer weather will incentivise further movement to the hospitality sectors. Coastal trade in particular is relying on the influx of people.

Most varieties have maintained prices from last week, including Agria which has been able to trade above the £200/t mark.

For more information: ahdb.org.uk

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