“We are finding it increasingly difficult to sell our potatoes to UK supermarkets, as Buy British campaigns appear to be paying off,” said general manager, Panayiotis Stavrou, in Nicosia.
“We expect our potato exports to the UK to fall by about 5% this year on the 38,000t delivered in 1998/99.”
The value of exports to this country totalled about C£12.8m last year compared with C£23.7m in 1994.
In addition to improved marketing in the UK, the use of sprout suppressants during storage and a doubling of potato production in Jersey, up to 45,000t a year, is also helping to deny Cypriot producers their traditional UK market.
Earlier this week a £500,000 generic advertising campaign to promote British maincrop potatoes was launched by the British Potato Council. The Potatoes You Cant Beat em campaign is backed by £350,000 of BPC money and the remainder from third party investments.
Consumption of fresh and pro-cessed potatoes in Britain reached 5.94m tonnes in 1998/99 compared with 5.89m tonnes in 1997/98.