Potato Weekly - 07 May 2021

Cold and wet weather means Bank Holiday weekend did not see much demand

  • Mixed responses for demand this week, with some reporting good free-buy movement. However, others reported that demand has run out of steam a little since the opening of hospitality in April.
  • The widespread cold and wet weather in the UK meant the Bank Holiday weekend did not energise much demand throughout all sectors, with many outlets not requiring top-up supplies post-Bank Holiday.
  • Maincrop planting has progressed well, with most growers getting their 2021 crop in the ground.


Market commentary

  • Packing demand has been lacking a little this week, with Maris Piper continuing to lead the trade.
  • Supplies continue to tighten of good quality Maris Piper though, lending some increased interest in other Whites. Although volumes of Whites moved outside of contract remains low, there is some hope that this interest will become actual sales soon.


  • Demand for bags as a whole this week is mixed, depending on location.
  • Prices for the finest Agria continue to firm as supplies are depleting. However, quality is key for fetching the premium price.
  • Markies have followed in Agria’s footsteps, although to a lesser extent. The median price for Markies from the East has gained another £15/t this week.
  • There is a wide spread in prices paid for all chipping varieties, this in large is due to quality differences. Some samples are continuing to hold well in store, securing the high-end prices. Meanwhile others are deteriorating, affecting fry colour, which is reflected in the price paid.


  • Most processing requirement this week have been fulfilled on contract. This said, there is still demand for Maris Piper.


  • Export season to the Canaries is reported to be complete, therefore we are unable to publish prices.

Click here to view the Domestic market update – May 2021

For more information: ahdb.org.uk

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