Some end users even want to know who picked the product they bought, he said.
Kitchen Pride is looking at QR codes, and the company may add them within six months to a year, Sweatt said.
“Food safety is still the bull’s-eye out there,” he said.
Food safety is becoming more important among retailers and foodservice broadliners, Frederic said.
Buyers regularly question the company about its food safety practices, but Frederic said the industry as a whole “has a bit of a leg up” in the realm of food safety and food security because mushrooms are grown indoors with “no birds flying overhead or pigs running through the field.”
“We have a controlled crop,” he said. “That’s why mushrooms are probably least at risk when you look across the commodities.”