On Sunday 29 May, Mushroom Week in Holland started, the double event that combines the Dutch Mushroom Days in Den Bosch and the 19th ISMS Congress in Amsterdam.
The event was launched at a Welcome Reception, sponsored by Global Roel Media (publisher of Mushroom Business). Chairman Piet Lempens of the organising comittee welcomed everybody in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, venue of ISMS 2016. All members of the Committe were introduced to the delegates, of which 500+ signed up for this event.
The Dutch Mushroom Days in 2015 and 2017 are cancelled by the organisation, “Stichting Champignondagen”, in favour of a big international event in combination with the ISMS congress in the Netherlands in 2016.
Last Wednesday December 3rd Vullings Systemen won the Agro Food & Technology Award with the Multiflex Water Supply System (WSS). It concerns an improved total concept for supplying water in the mushroom growing industry. The concept generates a perfect and equal water distribution on the growing bed, which can be supplied in the right quantity and on the right moment. With this system it is possible to generate a maximum yield with less water.
The 1st International conference “Ukrainian mushroom growing: a strategy of success” is finished. The event has gathered 200 people from 8 countries, foremost, of course, from Ukraine. Amongst the companies that have sponsored the event were Sylvan, Mykogen Ukraine, Amycel and Euromycel.
Dutch CNC Grondstoffen BV and Dohme Pilzzucht GmbH in Germany will be collaborating on the production and distribution of phase III compost and phase IV trays, according to a press release by CNC on October 6th.
A recent report of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) about the 2013 – 2014 season, shows that the production of mushrooms in the US reached close to 900 million pounds (408 million kg). Compared tothe previous seasons, this is an increase of 1 %. The production of organic mushrooms went up by 65%. Despite this strong growth, organic mushrooms still represent a small part (3%) of the total mushroom sales in the US.
The European Commission has found that Lutèce, Prochamp and Bonduelle participated in a cartel to coordinate prices and allocate customers of canned mushrooms in Europe during more than a year and has imposed fines totalling € 32 225 000. Lutèce was not fined as it benefited from immunity under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice for revealing the existence of the cartel to the Commission. Prochamp benefitted from fine reductions. Since all three undertakings agreed to settle the case with the Commission, their fines were further reduced by 10%, according to a press release on 25 June.