At the recently held Fruit Logistica 2009 in Berlin Banken Mushrooms from Elst, The Netherlands, presented an innovation in the market of fresh mushrooms: Mushroom secrets. According to Bas Toonen, responsible for marketing and product development at Banken, the idea is to bring exotic mushrooms more within reach of a large public.
“2009 won't be an easy year.” Tom van Walsem, one of the owner/directors of Limax, sums up his expectations of the current mushroom year in just a few words. At Fruit Logistica in Berlin he aired his views on the international mushroom and compost market.
Joe D’Amico Sr., founder of To-Jo Mushrooms, based in Avondale, Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the fresh mushroom category, died after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 52. D’Amico, president and owner of the company, died January 17.
One of the biggest and best known mushroom farms in the USA is about to shut its doors. When told Quincy Farms will be closing by the end of the year Laura Phelps, president of the American Mushroom Institute, was quite surprised. The departure leaves a regional office of Monterey Mushrooms as the only producer of mushrooms in the state. "If Quincy is closing, that’s the second significantly sized farm in the U.S. that has closed in the past few years," Phelps said, referring to a Connecticut plant that closed in 2006. "There are only about 75 commercial farms in the country, and there (were) only two in Florida."
If a grower wants to buy Dutch shelves to grow mushrooms on, he has two choices of material. The first is galvanised steel, and the second is aluminium. It has always been a fact, and all growers know this, that aluminium is the more expensive of the two choices. That, according to Bob Holtermans of MushComb in Horst, The Netherlands, has changed.