Both retail and processing markets remain quite excellent this week. As stated earlier, there are reports that yields are average at best and there is a lot of variation even within fields.
Ground conditions remain good for harvesting of main season crop, reduced light levels are slowing desiccation and pushing out harvesting times.
Liftings of Kerr pinks continue as stocks of queens are tightening further, quality is excellent to date. The price of peeling material is reported this week in the region of €250-€270 per ton.
Across Europe the issues of transport, input costs and availability and labour are to the fore. Processors are warning their suppliers that labour shortages and difficulties with transport are reducing the throughput of some factories.
Some contracted crops for field movement have been slow to clear and will have to be put into store this year. Crop information coming forward is that yields are close to average with a wide variation but that there are question marks over quality.