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.
In the 2009-2010 season the production of mushrooms in the USA was down by 3,3% from 372 million kilos to 360 million kilos. This according to an annual report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Irish mushroom producers Monaghan Mushrooms, Breffni Mushrooms and Walsh Mushrooms, along with Commercial Mushroom Producers Co-operative Society (CMP) Ltd, have teamed up to launch a campaign to educate retailers on the benefits of stocking Irish mushrooms and to break down preconceived barriers to purchase. The ‘Stock Local, Stock Irish’ campaign kicks off from September 2010 and includes press advertising, direct marketing and PR.
After installing a new conditioning-unit in 2009, Havens-MCSubstradd now have expanded that line with new riping and conditioning silos. In the same time, the overall capacity of the plant has improved.
The Mushroom Bureau has announced funding for a €2.6m three year campaign to promote fresh mushrooms in the UK. The EU has provided 50% of the funding while the other 50% comes from the mushroom industry.
The Australian television network ABC shows a series called “Landline”. Landline focuses on Australian agriculture and horticulture. The show edited on May 30 was titled “Out of Darkness” and was all about mushrooms.
On 16 and 17 February, the annual SAMFA conference was held at the Leriba Lodge in Centurion, Pretoria. One of the participating European companies was Harte Peat from county Monaghan, Republic of Ireland. David Austin, sales manager of the Irish company, has made the following impression.
Dalsem Mushroom projects, part of the Dutch Dalsem Group, has launched a new website in the style of the Dalsem Group, a well-known horticultural engineering company. Dalsem Mushroom Projects, their office is in Horst, The Netherlands, is a major player in the realization of turn-key projects in the mushroom industry.