The annual race to stock the first Jersey Royal potatoes is on and, as The Grocer went to press, it looked set to be won by M&S.

The first shipment of the 2011 crop bound for M&S stores set sail from Jersey on 23 February.

The potatoes, produced in glasshouses, are being supplied by Manor Fresh. Growers are hoping for a better year after last year’s crop was severely hit by a drought on the island.