Potato Prices & Commentary

Each week the IFA compiles prices paid or quoted to its members nationwide. Take a look at the latest report below.

February 21, 2018

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €240 €300 €260
Rooster 10kg €2.30 €2.70 €2.50
Whites €180 €230 €210
Kerr Pink 10kg €3.00 €3.50 €3.20
 Golden Wonder10kg €4.50 €5.50 €5.00

 

It was very encouraging to see the Kantar figures released at this week’s National Potato Conference, showing an increase in potato consumption over the past two years. These facts were also confirmed by many potato producers at the conference, who had anecdotal evidence of sale increases on the ground.

The latest stock figures show a dramatic decrease in the levels of kerrs pinks compared with 2017 and this has manifested itself in some growers achieving price increases this week.

There have been no early plantings yet, but with colder, drier weather on the way this situation may soon change. Over in the UK, stock levels are higher than 2017 however, it looks like this will be somewhat countered by the high tare and wastage levels this year.

February 15, 2018

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €240 €300 €260
Rooster 10kg €2.30 €2.70 €2.50
Whites €180 €230 €210
Kerr Pink 10kg €2.70 €3.40 €3.00
 Golden Wonder10kg €4.50 €5.50 €5.00

 

The cold start to our official spring season has ensured that potato consumption has remained strong.

However, those with quality product are certainly finding it easier to move stock. At this stage of the season all market outlets are available to potato producers and therefore growers should be making decisions on the appropriate market outlet and segregating their potatoes accordingly.

There appears to be an improved demand in the market for kerrs pinks and golden wonders with potential farm gate price increases on the cards. This is not surprising for kerrs pinks in particular as stocks are down almost one third compared to last year.

Due to the continued wet weather there has been no progress on early plantings either here or the UK.

The 2018 National Potato Conference will be held in the Red Cow Hotel, Dublin on the 20th of February – book your place!

February 7, 2018

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €240 €300 €260
Rooster 10kg €2.30 €2.70 €2.50
Whites €180 €230 €210
Kerr Pink 10kg €2.70 €3.40 €3.00
 Golden Wonder10kg €4.50 €5.50 €5.00

 

The recent IFA stock survey reveals, that despite higher potato yields in 2017, this has not manifested in comparable stock levels. The increase in volume for rooster and white varieties is only 8000 and 2000 tonnes respectively.

Kerr Pink has seen a reduction of 2000 tonnes, while stock levels for golden wonder and records are similar to last year. It is important to note that the above figures also include crop which remains unharvested and potential losses from these 1000 acres are not accounted for in the calculations. The stock survey certainly confirms the higher levels of harvest and post-harvest losses incurred.

When you consider that the peeling market is using extra home product this season and potato consumption is on the rise these stock levels point to a market which is balanced for the remainder of the season.

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