“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.”