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Potato Market Update 3rd March

Markets remain largely unchanged as we continue in level 5 restrictions. Early plantings are advancing this week as conditions improve. Ahead of the main planting season, growers are reminded to be cognisant of the current market conditions and the potential changes that may occur as we move through the ‘living with Covid’ plan. It is likely that the food service sector will remain suppressed until the summer months. 

In the U.K. early plantings are now behind schedule due to ground conditions but they will progress at pace from now on. Discussions are ongoing in Brussels which relate to the export of Seed from the U.K. to Europe.

Across Europe with the uncertainties of Covid still very apparent, processors have been offering contracts at reduced values. At the prices being offered, growers are reported to be slow to sign up which may lead to less being grown on contract or a reduced area being planted. Prices in the fresh sector are holding for best washing quality but the secondary and export markets are very quiet “while catering outlets are shut”.

Rooster box €320€380€350
Rooster 10 kg €3.30€3.80€3.50
Whites Box€300€350€320
 Kerr Pinks€4.50€5.00€4.80
Golden Wonder€4.80€5.50€5.20

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