European potato market (week 17)

Belgium: very firm processing market

European physical markets

Price summary €/t (source: NEPG):


Fiwap/PCA market message:

Potatoes for processing: very firm markets. Most factories are buying again, alongside the demand for export to southern Europe and England. Some operators (Belgian trade and abroad, producers) are still looking for volumes to complete their industrial contracts. Supply is low, due to the work in the fields, the low free stocks and the weather that is not favorable for the growth of early potato crops. 

Bintje: no quotation due to the great variation in prices depending on use, quality, buyer...

Fontane, Challenger: 7.50 - 9.00 €/q for immediate delivery. Higher prices are also practiced for delayed delivery (May-June).

Forward market

EEX in Leipzig (€/q) Bintje, Agria and related var. for transformer, 40 mm+, min 60 % 50 mm +:

The markets remained positive last week and all the quotations progressed. The demand for processing from both trade and various factories is sustained by the optimism and new market perspectives related to the soon-to-reopen terraces and restaurants. The offer is not great and remains limited to the excess tons of contracts. In export, the pace is not particularly high but the usual destinations such as Spain and Portugal are presented at prices around 12.00 and 18.00 €/q, packed departure depending on caliber and variety. Some possibilities towards Romania and Ukraine at prices between 9.00 and 11.00 €/q, packed departure. No particular change to note on the domestic fresh markets. 

Industrial production, bulk, departure, excl.VAT, Nord-Seine, €/qt, min - max (moy)(RNM):

The fresh market is slightly down. Fresh market (early and semi-early): prices for firm flesh at 10.83 €/q (11.00 €/q, quotation before last), and for soft/mealy flesh at 10.25 €/q (10.42 €/q, quotation before last). But the merchandise from refrigerated crates-pallets is 3€ higher (see REKA prices in table below!). 

Firm processing market and higher prices (except for Challenger, no quotation): 7.50 - 8.00 €/q for Innovator (6.75 - 7.25 €/q, last week). Agria at 7.50 - 8.00 €/q (6.75 - 7.25 €/q), Challenger not quoted (6.75 - 7.25 €/q last week) and Fontane at 7.50 - 8.00 €/q (6.75 - 7.25 €/q).

Varieties for chips/crisps are firm with an increase in the upper range at 9.00 - 14.00 €/q.

Planting of early natives: the planting of early potatoes is finished. The irrigation to protect against frost (Frostberegnungen) continue!

Imported early potatoes: around 50.00 €/q for the Egyptian origin and between 60 and 65 €/q for the first potatoes from Israel.

Organic potatoes: unchanged producer prices at 40.00 €/q (all varieties and markets combined), returned trade.

Great Britain
Average price free market for the week ending on April 20th, 2021: 17.30 £/q (15.02 £/q last week), +/- 19.89 €/q.

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