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There is a slight lull in the market this week as buyers have restocked post-Christmas, and sales have yet to resume to normal patterns. However, due to lower stock levels any grower who wants to move product has no problem doing so.

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As last week was the first full trading week of the year, we are now seeing a pickup in sales again. All growers report good demand for product and, with few potatoes now left in ambient store there is no rush to sell. Farm gate prices are holding very firm and as the season progresses it will be no surprise to see increases to cover cold store costs.

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Demand for potatoes has picked up again this week as temperatures have cooled compared to recent highs.

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Sales of old season potatoes continue to be limited by the high temperatures. Demand in the peeling sector however remains more positive as we enter the holiday season and more people are dining out.

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More of the outdoor new season crop has appeared on the market this week. However, yields continue to disappoint even where irrigation was applied.

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