UK: Price boost potential for potato growers

Processing potato prices could provide a boost for British potato exports, according to AHDB. The fall in the pound and issues with supply in Belgium and the Netherlands mean British processing potato prices are lower than their major European competitors. Ex-farm values are about €70–€80/tonne (£63-£72/t) lower than comparable Belgian and Dutch quotes. Arthur Marshall, market intelligence analyst at AHDB, said it was an unusual position for the British potato crop compared with previous years’ prices. He said: “Last season, ex-farm prices for Belgian and Dutch processing varieties were either fairly similar or the GB price point was higher.” A tight supply in mainland Europe was keeping processing potato prices high. More