“My thinking is that the recession was a situation of all boats sinking at the same time — yachts and rowboats together,” he said.
At Dole, organic sales “stayed surprisingly stable” during the recession, Schroeder said. “We thought that was a very good sign.”
Schroeder said the situation was the same for conventional varieties, as well.
Because of the similarities in the growing methods between organic and nonorganic specialty mushrooms, the prices are becoming more and more comparable, Salvo said.
But that’s not necessarily the case for basic organic white and brown mushrooms.
“The yield on organic is considerably lower than nonorganic, and that, for the foreseeable future, will keep it at a much higher price plateau,” Schroeder said. “If you pay the same for the inputs, but you can’t get as much out in terms of yield, you’re going to have a higher unit cost.”