The GB weekly average price rose by £4.63/t to £227.93/t and the free-buy average fell by £4.45/t to £330.74/t. Contract trade made up the majority of the sample; although the percentage wasn’t as high as the previous week it was still at a high level.
Packers continued to concentrate on moving contracted supplies together with some imports. Free-buy demand, although steady, was limited with all but the very best samples readily available. Salads: Limited free-buy sales of 42-45mm M Peer fractions were unchanged at £350-£400/t. Reds: Limited Grade 1 Desiree, Mozart and Romano were £330-£400/t, depending on skin finish. Some general pack moved at £300/t. King Edwards: Contracted stocks accounted for most movement with oddments of free-buy grade 1 steady at £350-£410/t. M Piper: Interest centred on grade 1 supplies which were tight for a firm demand moving at £400-£420/t with the odd £430/t for the very best.