Potato weekly - 11 June 2021

Maris Piper supplies continue to tighten, with less Scottish material available.

Market Commentary

Packing

  • Freebuy packing demand has generally been described as flat this week.
  • Maris Piper supplies continue to tighten, with less Scottish material available.
  • Although there seems more interest in Whites packing material and some reports of “okay” volumes, it has not fed through into prices as is not at high volumes.
  • Many retailers are now selling Jersey Royals and imported potatoes, limiting some demand for British potatoes.
    England

Bags

  • Mixed reports for seaside trade have been received. For some it is reportedly good, although other describe as very lacklustre compared to last week.
  • Last week’s hot weather, half term holidays and continued restrictions on international travel brought a surge in coastal chipping trade in particular.
  • Similar to Agria, the price of Markies are firming as quality supplies become scarce. Price is dependent on quality, with the low end having poor fry with a lot of work and the top end being a top quality supply with a double zero fry.

Processing

  • Processing trade is reported to have been quiet this week.
  • Warm weather is not benefitting some processing industries, such as ready meals.
  • This said, the frozen chip sector is doing relatively well with hospitality getting back on its feet, although this is primarily serviced by contracted supply.

Exports

There were reports this week of export trade to Ireland. However, we are unable to publish a price due to validations not being met.


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