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Europa 10/05/2024

Gran Bretaña: Potato prices surge in the UK

The cost of potatoes in the UK has escalated to a peak not seen in a decade, with projections indicating a climb above £1 per kilogram, marking a 30-year-high.

Anticipations of shortages across various potato types are mounting, attributed to the phenomenon dubbed ’spudflation’. This comes as the agricultural sector grapples with the repercussions of heavy rainfall. The cold spring season is exacerbating the depletion of existing stocks, as consumer preferences lean towards warmer meals, diverging from the usual spring fare of barbecues and salads.

Albert Bartlett, a principal potato supplier, has highlighted a looming gap between the current stored and the forthcoming season’s crops, stemming from planting delays due to saturated fields. Despite recent weather improvements, recovery of lost planting time remains unfeasible. Technical director Paddy Graham-Jones conveyed concerns over variety shortages, although alternatives such as Jersey potatoes might fill the void on retail shelves. The anticipated early crop, typically ready by June, now faces delays with April plantings.

Concurrently, limitations on order fulfillments are being imposed by some suppliers. Angus Wilson from Wilson’s Country has voiced apprehensions over future scarcities tied to planting setbacks caused by persistent wet conditions. The adverse weather has notably impacted the industry, with the previous year’s harvest yielding reduced outputs due to crop wastage. The Consumer Price Index reflects a current average price of 84p per kilogram, with forecasts predicting a surge above 103p in the coming months, a 30-year zenith. Furthermore, the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board has issued warnings regarding the potential price escalation of other staples, highlighting the broader economic implications of the prevailing weather patterns.

Source: belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Fuente: https://www.freshplaza.com/latin-america/article/9622254/potato-prices-surge-in-the-uk/

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