The cooler weather over the past week has maintained higher potato consumption levels. Irish glasshouse potatoes have made their appearance on the market for the first time this year. There is still a little pressure in the wholesale and peeling markets from ambient store material.
There has been little change in the domestic potato market. Wholesale and peeling markets prices have stabilised following some selling pressure as growers tried to move on ambient store material. However, this ambient stock both here and abroad will have left the market by the end of the month. Planting has continued over the past number of days but only in a haphazard fashion and only on drier land.
Demand for potatoes continues to remain steady throughout all markets. There has been no change in prices, however, with the end of January stock figures 60,000 tonnes lower than last year and ambient store material coming to an end, we could see increases in the next month or so.