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Potato market report week 41:

'Good demand from catering, canteens and export'

Food retailers are continuing to try to stimulate scarce demand with promotional campaigns. In the south, the harvest is largely over. In the north, too, clearing is slowly coming to an end. In addition to wireworm damage and Erwinia, there are increasing complaints about hollow hearts and, in some cases, lower dormancy. The trade is stocking up with supraregional goods, particularly for promotional sales. The Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture reports that producer and consumer prices are essentially unchanged.

Hesse: Stable prices
This week, the quiet, seasonal demand on the potato market continued, according to the Landesbetrieb Landwirtschaft Hessen. At least, prices can further stabilize, which is not least related to the good stock market prices. Prices remain largely unchanged from last week. Prices are also expected to remain stable next week. Individual varieties have quality problems and require increased sorting effort.

Lower Saxony: yields well below previous year's level
According to the basis (grading 35 - 65, less than 8% defects, light- and firm-skinned, loose, free collection point per 100 kg), the following prices were paid last week:

Depending on the quality, surcharges or discounts are still possible. Please note the following market information: The table potato harvest has been largely completed. In many places, yields were reported to be well below last year's levels, according to the Lower Saxony Farmers' Association.

Schleswig-Holstein: Average yields
According to the latest report from the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Agriculture, harvesting operations have progressed well under good weather conditions; they are nearing completion. Average yields are reported. In contrast to other regions, there are fewer quality problems in this area.

Although there are varying statements on the market situation, producer prices are generally expected to remain stable. Special offers or stockpiling campaigns have had little success so far. Consumers mostly buy only the quantities needed in the short term in small amounts. Demand from the food service industry and canteens remains quite high. There is also brisk demand for exports. Demand there is particularly for frit products. The cool nights ensure good storage conditions. This should also ease the supply pressure.

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