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POTATO MARKET UPDATE 20th MARCH

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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.

The January potato stocks figure for the UK is 600,000 tonnes less than last year. This figure is 200,000 tonnes above the figure in 2012, but with exports continuing unabated to the continent, this gap could narrow in the coming months. Plantings have come to a halt except in the very driest sands in the East with a similar situation across Europe.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

Low High Average
Rooster box €500 €520 €510
Rooster 10kg bag €5.75 €6.25 €6.00
Whites box €500 €550 €525
Kerr Pinks 10kg bag €6.25 €6.75 €6.50
Golden Wonder box €680 €720 €700