The company started harvesting from the new facility in November and was scheduled to finish in late December.
The facility is probably at least 20% more energy efficient than standard mushroom production facilities, he said.
The company ships a full line of mushrooms, including brown mushrooms, portabellas and baby portabellas.
Ponderosa Mushrooms adds label equipment
Ponderosa Mushrooms & Specialty Foods has made some improvements at its Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, facilities, said president Joe Salvo.
The company has added a custom-made labeling machine to affix wrap-around labels to its retail packages.
The label has the brand name and package weight on top and a Universal Product Code and recipe on the side and bottom. Until now, the containers were hand labeled, Salvo said.
Ponderosa also has added an X-ray machine to detect metal in its bulk and retail packs.
“It improves our ability to meet food safety standards,” he said.
To-Jo launches microwave product
To-Jo Mushrooms, Avondale, Pa., is excited about its new microwaveable sliced mushrooms, said Paul Frederic, senior vice president of sales and marketing.
“The consumer merely puts them in the microwave and cooks them for four minutes and has a perfectly sautéed mushroom with sauce,” he said.
The package includes a pat of flavored butter. The tray is corrugated, so it does not get hot to the touch, he said. “Nothing could be easier for the consumer,” he said.
The packages contain about 7 ounces of sliced, white mushrooms.