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Mushrooms business updates

08/16/2013 12:24:00 PM
Tom Burfield


Ponderosa harvesting from Saskatchewan

Ponderosa Mushrooms & Specialty Foods, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, has begun its seasonal chanterelle mushroom program from Saskatchewan, president Joe Salvo said.

The mushrooms should be available well into September, he said.

“It’s the premier chanterelle in perhaps the entire world,” he said. “They come up perfect, little round, golden, apricot-colored mushrooms.”

Salvo said he’s been buying mushrooms from the area for 18 seasons.

Ponderosa is one of a handful of companies that compete for the mushrooms, he said.

Salvo said he’s also beginning to see some of the seasonal lobster and pine mushroom out of northern British Columbia.

Ponderosa plans to launch a line of pickled mushrooms in early 2014 that will be a deli and foodservice item.

It will be a “real interesting and exciting mix of wild and exotic mushrooms,” he said.


Dan GalbraithTo-Jo Mushrooms’ Bella Blended Meatballs were featured in the New Product Showcase July 27 at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CalifTo-Jo continues to launch new items

Julie Petrovick, most recently with Modern Mushroom Farms, Avondale, Pa., has joined To-Jo Mushrooms, Avondale, as director of marketing, said Paul Frederic, senior vice president of sales and marketing.

The company also exhibited at the Produce Marketing Association’s recent foodservice show in Monterey, Calif., and is gearing up for Fresh Summit.

To-Jo is continuing to make new product introductions, such as mushroom meatballs and portabella sliders, Frederic said.

The slider has been extremely popular at retail and in a bulk pack for foodservice, he said.

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