Comment: Retail demand remains high, as trade appears to be at similar levels to the first lockdown back in March 2020.

Takeaway chip shops are better prepared than during the first lockdown.

However, growers supplying the processing sector remained frustrated with little clarity as to when the lockdown situation may improve.

Tare levels are also reported to be excessively high, which could lead to a shortage before new crop comes on to the market.

Trade is described as lacklustre in the UK this week following the Christmas period and post-Brexit arrangements. Packers remain quite busy due to contracted supply.

In Europe, free-buy prices are currently weak. They are under further pressure due to the need to clear stores because of signs of sprouting. Similarly, lockdown measures are causing various market disruptions.