Despite the bottom dropping out of the restaurant industry as businesses closed in response to the spread of the coronavirus this spring, mushroom companies saw volume drop just 2% for the year that ended June 30.
Phillips Mushroom Farms, Kennett Square, Pa., has updated the packaging for its popular Gourmet Blend, which contains baby bella, oyster and shiitake mushrooms, said Sean Steller, director of business development.
The trend in packaging for the produce industry early this year was toward eliminating single-use plastic or even doing away with packaging altogether, merchandising fruits and vegetables loose in bulk displays.
The power of value-added produce sales speaks for itself.For value-added items, the dollar share of total produce sales rated 9.8% in 2019, according to the Food Industry Association’s (FMI) Power of Produce report.
The volume of sales for the U.S. 2018-19 mushroom crop is pegged at 846 million pounds, down 3% from last season in comparable states, according to a December report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.