Potato prices rise in the UK

UK potato prices are currently up 30% year-over-year (y-o-y), due to a decline in production, as potato output in the UK for 2016/17 fell 5% y-o-y to 5.2m tonnes, 2% below the five-year average, despite an increase in planted area, according to the Mintec analysts. Yields in 2016/17 are estimated at 44.9 tonnes per hectare, down 8% on last year due to adverse weather seen throughout the growing season. Plantings were delayed in spring due to cold and wet weather conditions, while higher rainfall and fewer sunshine hours affected the development of crop between April and July. In addition, the harvest was delayed in September and October due to dry weather. Potato processors from Great Britain may have to look to import raw products from further afield than usual, perhaps looking to countries such as Poland, where the harvest has been better than in NEPG countries, said Arthur Marshall, analyst AHDB Potatoes. More