May is the most important sales month for the new potato crop from Egypt. And it looks like Egyptian potato growers are in luck this season. Sales are rapidly gaining momentum.
“If in April we saw a rather low demand compared to the previous year, then in May the situation changed and the forecasts for further sales are good. - Says Jan Preis, a representative of a potato company. - Supermarket chains in Germany, as well as in Holland, are now gradually switching to imported potatoes. I am very positive about current events. "
On the whole, although the demand in Europe for popular varieties of Egyptian potatoes, such as Annabelle and Princess, remains at about last year's level, the price is currently 10-12% lower than last year. Therefore, it’s still difficult to say exactly how the season will develop in terms of price and quantity.
“The bulk of the Egyptian potatoes arrived in April at the appropriate ports in Europe and were deposited. Sales now depend on the Spanish potato supply, which will reach Europe in about three weeks. If there are fewer Spanish potatoes, the demand for Egyptian potatoes will be correspondingly higher, ”says Preuss.
Today, Egyptian potatoes are shipped to, for example, Germany in large 1250 kg sacks, and then repackaged in smaller sacks in German factories for delivery to their respective supermarkets. A few years ago, the weight of supermarket bags was 2,5 kg, now it is 1,5 kg.
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