Free-buy packing sector quiet

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THE free-buy packing sector is reportedly quiet in the UK this week, while the bag trade has continued to be in demand as businesses benefit from the lifting of lockdown restrictions, latest findings from the AHDB reveal.

Dry weather has meant planting has progressed well for the 2021 crop, with some even reported to be nearly complete.

While it is now the time of the year where seasonal store management is starting to show, supplies kept in top quality condition are fetching premium prices, the organisation states.

Meanwhile, packing demand is still thin and mostly being covered by contracts.

English prices have stayed broadly in line with last week, although Grade 1 Reds and Whites both lost £10/t off their highest prices.

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