A selection of a Dutch studyclub of Mushroom Office recently visited Ireland. For two days, the young mushroom growers toured the Green Island. The group was welcomed by companies Custom Compost, Codd Mushrooms, Monaghan and McDon Peat (see photo). The guys were impressed by quality and production of the Irish growers. "I'd rather had seen differently, I would have slept better after", joked one of the Dutch growers.
The chic, historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac hotel in Quebec formed the epicentre of mushroom growing from 21-23 June. The biennial North American Mushroom Conference was visited by some 300 growers, suppliers and researchers from all over the world. There were two days of lecture sessions, and an expo of around 30 exhibitors, knitted together by lunches and network opportunities.
The board of the Mushroomdays Foundation announced on 30 December that the next edition of the largest global mushroom tradeshow ‘The Mushroom Days’ in The Netherlands, will be held on 22-23-24 May 2019. The location for it remains ‘The Brabanthallen’ in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Spawn producer Sylvan held a workshop for modern mushroom farm growers in Hungary at the end of October.
The topic ‘How to maximise the yield of Sylvan A15 by measuring evaporation’ was presented to 18 participants from Hungary and Romania by well known mushroom growing consultant Harry Hesen from Sylvan Holland.
Hesen: “Measuring evaporation and the vapour in the growing room is a good tool to overview the energy discharge during mushroom production and the measurements can help improve the yield and mushroom quality.”
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2016 sees the return of a charity bike ride before the start of the Australian Mushroom Growers’ Conference.
The ride departs from Vineyard in Sydney on 6 October, arriving in Mildura on the 12th in time for the AMGA Conference. This time, the Great Ride includes The Great Ocean Road and the Great Alpine Way. Just like on the first edition (in 2010) riders raise money along the way, this time for the McGrath Foundation.
Pieczarkalia, the biggest event for the Polish edible mushroom industry, was held in Siedlce, on 8 and 9 September 2016. The whole fair was decorated in French sixties style to commemorate the French roots of the white button mushroom industry.
Poland’s based Okechamp SA has concluded sale of 100% of shares of its Dutch Subsidiary F&F Europe BV to Freezitt Holding BV, as part of FLM Foodingredients BV, today (28 June).
By closing this deal, according to a Okechamp press release, 'Freezitt Holding BV is improving its position as producer of frozen (IQF) mushrooms in Netherlands, while Okechamp SA is focusing on its core activities in Poland within integrated production chain of canned mushrooms.
Both companies find this transaction beneficial from the perspective of their markets focus'.