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Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster box €330 €380 €350
Rooster10 kg bag €3.30 €4.00 €3.50
Whites box €320 €370 €350
K Pinks 10kg bag €4.20 €5.00 €4.50
Golden Wonder 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

Early plantings have remained stagnant at large this week as ground conditions remain very wet. Demand and price remain strong for good quality material, particularly Kerr Pinks and Golden Wonders. Little or no progress has been made on stocks remaining in the ground. Growers are reminded to not rule out supplying the peeling market with suitable stock at this time.

In the U.K. markets are slightly depressed, with mainly repeated orders and free-buy demand subdued. Liftings of remaining crop is also halted and the impact of the storm conditions will risk degrading the remaining crop.

In Europe, movement of top-quality lines noted improvement this week. There is growing concern about the quality of samples being offered by growers and some higher values have had to be paid to secure best quality. This is starting to be reflected in higher pricing for top end samples into the markets.

 

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster box €330 €380 €350
Rooster10 kg bag €3.30 €4.00 €3.50
Whites box €320 €370 €350
K Pinks 10kg bag €4.20 €5.00 €4.50
Golden Wonder 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

Stocks continue to be cleared from stores this week and growers report that trade has remained steady with no significant fluctuation since Christmas. Price and demand for Kerr Pinks in particular are holding very well for good quality material. Early plantings commenced last week on lighter soils in counties Louth and Wexford, however, poor weather conditions this week will have halted progress.

Early plantings have commenced in the U.K. also with progress described as ‘just about’ on schedule. Difficult weather conditions will most likely halt progress.

Across Europe, exports continue to the Canaries and prices remain firm, however, buyers are finding it difficult to source the desired quality. In Poland production has been revised at 13% lower than last year and it is thought that there will be a strong demand for imports later in the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster box €330 €380 €350
Rooster10 kg bag €3.30 €4.00 €3.50
Whites box €320 €370 €350
K Pinks 10kg bag €4.20 €5.00 €4.50
Golden Wonder 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

Reports indicate that trade remains steady this week, good quality stock continues to command a premium price. Growers are reminded not to rule out supplying the peeling markets with suitable stock. Any remaining liftings of crops are halted once again as frost returns this week

Across Europe the ban on the use of CIPC and the implied higher cost and unknown effectiveness of alternatives is impacting on the level of contract prices being offered for 2020/21. Increased costs reported range from +15-17% ex-store at the end of April.

According to a recent report the end of November and early December saw prices across North-West Europe steady to increasing. This was mainly attributed to the difficult harvest, losses in the ground, high wastage levels, strong exports to Poland, especially from Germany and increasing interest from GB buyers. Growers with sound, dry stocks were reluctant to open stores at the then current price levels.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster box €330 €380 €350
Rooster10 kg bag €3.50 €4.00 €3.80
Whites box €320 €370 €350
K Pinks 10kg bag €4.50 €5.00 €4.75
Golden Wonder 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

Consumption and sales remain buoyant this week. There are reports that merchants are making enquiries for extra stocks in particular Golden Wonders and prices remain firm. Most stock is now lifted across the country, with less than 5% remaining in some parts. Growers are also reminded to not rule out supplying the peeling market with suitable stock at this time.

Reports indicate that exports of Cyprus winter crop have now ceased following very wet weather. Some growers are stating that it is the heaviest rain they have seen in their lifetimes. Crop which will be lifted     from now on will be used on the home market or exported to Greece.

In the U.K. overall demand appears to have quietened over the past week. Chipping markets in particular have seen ‘below-average’ demand as retail sales in chip shops and restaurants see seasonal declines for the New Year.  Continued reports of quality issues persisting in recently-lifted material.

 

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster box €330 €380 €350
Rooster10 kg bag €3.50 €4.00 €3.80
Whites box €320 €370 €350
K Pinks 10kg bag €4.50 €5.00 €4.75
Golden Wonder 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

Consumption and sales remain stable this week in contrast with a normal lull for the first weeks of January. Growers are reporting that orders are reasonable, wet cold weather conditions most likely driving sales. The majority of the main season crop is now lifted with an estimated maximum of 5% remaining in the ground.

Farm gate prices are under some pressure in the wholesale market. Producers need to realise that further price reductions from current levels will not increase sales. Farmers must remain patient like any other year.

In the U.K. there has been an increase in the reports of stocks breaking down in store this week, from crops that were harvested in adverse conditions. Prices rose over the Christmas period into the New Year, it’s a question whether it was due to high quality material or a short term-demand.

In terms of exports, reports indicate that strong demand continues in the Canaries. Buyers are looking for sound material, free from soil adhesion and it has become noticeably harder to find suitable stocks close to ports over the last three weeks.

 

 

 

 

 


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