Organic mushrooms fill a niche

01/06/2012 10:41:00 AM
Tom Burfield

“The biggest problem for organic is, you can’t get any more money for them,” he said. “They haven’t panned out to justify all the extra expense.”

Giorgio Foods Inc., Temple, Pa., offers a wide range of organic mushrooms — white whole, white sliced, baby portabella, portabella caps, sliced portabella and shiitake — said Bill Litvin, vice president, sales and national account manager.

The recession didn’t hamper the company’s organic business.

“Giorgio’s organic sales are increasing at double-digit rates,” Litvin said.

Basciani Foods and To-Jo Mushrooms, Avondale, also offer organic mushrooms that they buy from organic growers.

Organic mushroom sales have been “steady” for Dole Mushrooms in Kennett Square, Pa.

“We’ve not seen a lot of growth in it,” said director Gary Schroeder.

All mushrooms are grown with natural materials, and they are not exposed to soil, which gives them many of the qualities of organic mushrooms, he said.

“We’re very judicious in application of any control agents,” he added. “We’re pretty much in that (organic) mind space already, and I think that’s a good place.”


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Meg Hill    
Sebastopol CA  |  January, 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM

Our mushrooms are forest mushrooms, or primary feeders, and they grow on a substrate of oak shavings and other materials which mimic the nutrients found in nature in the forest. We find that our mushrooms have a growing presence at retail because consumers are looking for additional varieties in mushrooms and are more conscious about the origins of the products they eat. Organic is important to those seeking a certain level of confidence about the foods they eat. We've found little price resistance at retail. Our retail line is growing every year and we anticipate that this will continue as awareness of the benefits of eating mushrooms grows. Meg Hill Gourmet Mushrooms Director of Sales and Marketing

BANCY WESTON    
Nairobi Kenya  |  September, 29, 2012 at 01:35 PM

Hi Meg, I trust this finds you great. Am a mushroom farmer in Kenya. I specialize in organic Button Mushrooms(agaricus Bisphorus) and i produce 1000kgs of mushrooms after every 10 weeks. Our substrate is of wheat straw,specifically prepared to ensure that the quality is high and we maintain paramount hygiene in our incubators and farm houses. We are currently selling the button mushrooms @ $13 per kilo and our clients cant stop asking for more,this price is also friendly to our clients. Let me know whether you would be interested in a constant supply of these mushrooms and please do not hesitate to enquire on anything concerning our produce. Profound respects, Bancy Weston

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