Belgium: 'Potato market still gloomy'

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    "On the potato market the mood is still depressed and also the expectations for the coming months are gloomy" Joost Blanckaert Jr. of Potato Masters tells Freshplaza.

    "The latest prices for Belgian growers are about 0.025 euro/kg. Last  week this was slightly higher at about 0.035 euro/kg. This low price is purely the result of an oversupply of potatoes.

    The rain of the last few days did not cause a smaller supply. This has only had a limited influence, supply is still large, both from Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium"Joost concludes. The recent rain and the mild temperatures together could, however, be an ideal hotbed for unwanted bacteria.

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