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Business updates: Mushroom Marketing

01/11/2013 10:23:00 AM
Tom Burfield

Buona Foods adds mystery to website

Buona Foods Inc., Landenberg, Pa., has updated its website,, with a new look that includes new photos, new recipes and a blog built around a murder mystery called “Cadaver Blues,” said Gale Ferranto, president.

The story takes place in a small town and “mixes mystery with mushrooms.”

Dole Mushrooms rolls out new labels, health info

Dole Mushrooms, Kennett Square, Pa., has unveiled labels for its mushroom packaging, said Gary Schroeder, director. The new look is an eye-appealing design change, he said.

“For the first time for us, we’re making some very significant health claims that have been approved to put on labels,” Schroeder said.

The labels will point out that mushrooms are a good source of phosphorous and promote strong bones and teeth and help maintain a healthy heart. The Dole brand name should help make the new look and the health claims even more effective, Schroeder said.

Giorgio handling sales for Modern Mushrooms

Giorgio Fresh Co., Blandon, Pa., and Modern Mushroom Farms, Avondale, Pa., have agreed to transition the Modern Mushroom fresh mushroom business to the Giorgio family of brands, said Bill Litvin, vice president of sales and national account manager for Giorgio.

Giorgio and Modern Mushroom have combined their sales and marketing efforts, and Modern Mushroom’s customer service staff is also now a part of the Giorgio operation.

Modern Mushroom Farms will continue to be owned by the Ciarrocchi family and will grow mushrooms that will be marketed by Giorgio under the Modern Farms label.

Giorgio, which will continue to offer its Green Giant Fresh brand, will manage Modern Mushroom’s packing facility.  

Highline Mushrooms undergoing expansion

Highline Mushrooms, Leamington, Ontario, is expanding its Kingsville, Ontario, farm, said Hsian Kim, corporate communications manager.

The project, which should be completed by spring, includes the addition of specialized chambers and new growing rooms. The company also has had good response to its RPET trays and is looking to convert its entire line to RPET.

“Between the months of January to October of 2012, we were able to divert 91 metric tons from landfill,” Kim said.

Highline now includes quick-response codes on all of its products “to inspire consumers in their everyday cooking,” she said.

“Our QR codes are product-specific and provide dynamic information with ever-changing content. Since its introduction we have seen a steady increase in the number of scans.”

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Lewis Fein    
Los Angeles  |  January, 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM

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