On Friday, 11 March 2011, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast, followed by a severely destructive tsunami. The enormous disaster has caused damage to Japan’s mushroom industry as well.
On the 31st of January the Dutch Rabobank had invited several parties that are active in the Dutch mushroom industry to initiate negotiations that have to lead to a “fair harvesting” standard in the Netherlands. This as a reaction to the ongoing issues with constructions to harvest and pack mushrooms.
Fancom BV from Panningen, The Netherlands, has updated the FarmManager program. After 15 years the F-Central was outdated, especially with the use of the new generation personal computers and therefore could not keep up with the rapidly changing technical possibilities.
The family-owned Dutch company Banken Mushrooms and the councils of Nijmegen and Wijchen (NL) have agreed for Banken to buy 2 hectares of land on the industrial area Bijsterhuizen, located at the A73 motorway. The agreement was signed in December.
Kerry Burton and Ralph Noble, both well recognized as important mushroom researchers, have made the move to the private owned East Malling Research (EMR) in Kent. The future of mushroom research in the UK is therefore guaranteed.
The board of the Swiss Mushroom Growers Association (VSP) has criticized the EU politics for supporting the mushroom industry. German discounters in Switzerland are dumping mushrooms on the market for catastrophic prices.
The Dutch company Lutèce was founded as an importer for “champignon de Paris” from France into the Benelux countries, and developed in 100 years time to European market leader in conserved mushrooms. One hundred million kilograms of mushrooms are processed every year, mainly produced by Dutch mushroom growers. The company from the province of Limburg celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and to add to the festivities the Dutch company O-I, a big name in glass containers and packaging, produced a jar with a stamp worked in the glass.