SOME UK potato markets were a little busier ahead of the bank holiday weekend, with coastal regions in particular enjoying an uptick in trade as the hospitality trade geared up for a long weekend.
The sunny and warm weather, following a cold wet period, was a key driver for further domestic tourist movement, according to the AHDB's latest report.
This week’s half-term break saw demand decline for education sectors which affected some chipping, packing and processing markets.
"An increase in warmer sunnier weather is now needed for the planted new-crop. The many days of rainfall are potentially delaying future lifting operations," AHDB analysts stated. "A common belief of a ‘week or two’ delay is held, with lifting of some fields now expected in July. If warmer weather appears, crops will be able to push on well with adequate moisture reserves held in the soil."