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Mushroom, eating by: Pilzland Germany
Located in the Bavarian town of Eßleben, between Schweinfurt and Würzburg, Pilzland has been producing mushrooms for the region since February 2015, with its headquarters in Rechterfeld, Lower Saxony, and a further production location in Brandenburg (Tornow), with a modern, pick-optimized one-layer system.
With the one-layer system Pilzland in Eßleben goes new ways. The pre-culture takes place on four levels. It is only when the harvest begins that the stock is transferred to a level. In combination with self-propelled harvesting bridges and modern weighing systems, the employees can be offered optimal working conditions.
The decision for the southern German site was made on the basis of the strong customer demand for regional production. Thanks to the high demand, expansion could already be started this year.
So that from January 2017 additional regional / Bavarian mushrooms can be offered to the customers.
Within the framework of this year's anniversary of the Federal German Champignons and Kulturpilzanbauer eV (BDC) in Würzburg, Pilzland invited visitors to visit the modern facility. "Everything from a single source," explained Dr. Torben Kruse, the production method at the company presentation in the hall.
The collection of the raw materials for the substrate, the production of the mushroom substrate, the mushroom production, the customer-specific packaging and the delivery of the mushrooms are all done in-house. Approximately 1,500 tonnes of Phase III mushroom substrate are produced each week.
From January 2017, the mushroom production is about 400 t per week. In addition to conventional production, organic production has grown steadily over the last few years and now accounts for more than 10%. Pilzland has been certified according to the EU standard for over 6 years.
For more than two years, the company has also fulfilled the criteria of German organic association products. In addition to the extensive assortment in the field of mushrooms, Pilzland also markets all the mushrooms desired by customers, such as oyster mushrooms, shiitake and herbal mushrooms, as well as seasonal chanterelles and celeriac mushrooms.
An independent harvesting cart and modern weighing technology help harvesting one-layer culture.
Modern weighing and packaging line in Eßleben.
Bright rooms with a pleasant working environment ensure, in addition to the more efficient workflows, better performance.
The BDC chairman Michael Schattenberg, on the right, thanks Dr. Torben Kruse for the generous hospitality in Eßleben.
Mushroom sales in the United States
The mushroom industry in the United States is worth around $1.19 billion and consists of only 346 growers. Donald Simoni owns and runs "Mushroom Adventures" where he grows the fungi on his farm in Marysville. He states that mushrooms are not grown using seeds and require special compost to grow. Grown indoors, they also require controlled humidity and temperature.
Over the last ten years the price of mushrooms stagnated but sales have grown 13 percent nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Simoni also noted that the cost of waste products used in cultivating mushrooms have risen as more companies look to recycled products.
Simoni believes this could raise the price of mushrooms, but unlike other vegetables people won't notice the rise as they aren't a main course and are only bought a quarter of a pound at a time, he said.
Takeover of the Swiss mushroom growing branch
Switzerland: Wauwiler Champignons takes over Fine Funghi
On 1 January 2017 Wauwiler Champignons will take over the Swiss Fine Funghi in Gossau, Canton of Zürich. Fine Funghi has 20 employees and is specialized in the production of edible gourmet mushrooms.
Contracts were signed at the beginning of December and on 1 January 2017 the change of ownership will take place. Wauwiler Champignons AG expands its portfolio with the purchase of Fine Funghi, a company specialized in the production of mushroom spawn and edible gourmet mushrooms.
Independent subsidiary company
The current owner of Fine Funghi, Patrick Romanens, started the production of mushroom spawn and the cultivation of edible mushrooms in 1988. He is renowned all over Europe for his pioneering work in the cultivation of shiitake and king oyster mushroom. His company has made a significant contribution to expanding the knowledge and use of originally Asian mushrooms in the Swiss cuisine.
Now the company’s founder and owner has sold his life work to ensure his succession. The takeover arrangements were quietly agreed upon. Patrick Romanens will be the managing director of Fine Funghi as an independent subsidiary of Wauwiler Champignons, and the company continues with its 20 employees.
Wauwiler Champignons continues to grow
The takeover of Fine Funghi will result in an expansion of their pool of employees to 200. In the future the company will produce 55 metric tons of button mushrooms in Wauwil per week and about 2 metric tons of gourmet mushrooms in Gossau per week. The weekly trade in 10 metric tons of cultivated and wild mushrooms in Switzerland and abroad complement the range.
Wauwiler Champignons AG also owns a 40% share in Gotthard Bio Pilze in Stansstad, founded in the summer 2016. Wauwiler Champignons is one of the largest producers of Swiss mushrooms and is member of the VSP (Association of Swiss mushroom producers), as are Fine Funghi and Gotthard Bio Pilze.
In the future, Wauwiler Champignons will start various projects together with Fine Funghi. For instance, the increase of the production of mushroom spawn and the supply of organic mushrooms produced in Switzerland too.
For more information:
Wauwiler Champignons AG
"Nigeria could make billions from mushroom cultivation"
The King of Brass, and first Governor of Rivers State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, has said that Nigeria can make billions of dollars from mushroom cultivation, if they implement his plan.
This was said yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Daily Trust Agricultural Conference and Exhibition in Abuja. King Diete-Spiff, has advocated household production of mushrooms by Nigerians in the past. He looked to China as an example of where this has been successful. He said the process is simple, all one needed to produce mushrooms was the spawn, which could be mass produced.
The king said he had formed a group known as the Mass Mushroom Developers Association, to be registered soon, and urged Nigerians to key in so as to promote the production of mushrooms in the country.
Discreet dinner in the Merrion leads to €751m deal for Fyffes
Deal will net €87.5m for McCann family as high price tempts Fyffes board to sell
David McCann, executive chairman behind Fyffes, agreed that the world’s oldest banana brand be acquired by Sumitomo.
Two months ago, David McCann was invited to dinner at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin by Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation.
“We’d a very, very enjoyable meal,” said McCann, told The Irish Times on Friday, declining to give details of what the small group of executives dined on. The final bill, it emerged on Friday morning, came to €751 million, as McCann, executive chairman behind Fyffes agreed that the world’s oldest banana brand be gobbled up by a €15 billion corporate gorilla. “When discussions like this begin, you can never predict how they’re going to finish,” said McCann, 58. “But this is a good transaction for our shareholders and for our people, as we expect the business as a whole to remain intact.”
The deal is a far cry from when McCann’s grandfather, Charles, set up a greengrocers on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk in 1902 to become the first agent in Ireland for Fyffes, the then fledgling London-based banana importer. It’s also more than a consolation prize after Fyffes, led by the McCann family since the 1950s, failed to win the hand of US rival Chiquita two years ago in what would have been a $1 billion deal.
“There weren’t many people that thought the McCanns would be willing to sell,” said David Holohan, chief investment officer at Merrion Capital in Dublin. “But the premium that was offered by Sumitomo was so high, management had to have a look at it very seriously.” The €2.23 per share cash offer values Fyffes’ 49 per cent above its closing prices on Thursday and 37 per cent above its all-time peak of €1.62 reached in April. In addition, Fyffes shareholders will be paid a final dividend of 2c.
The McCann family, who own 11.8 per cent of the group through their Balkan Investment vehicle, stand to make €87.5 million, while a trust linked to the South Carolina-based Zucker family, who emerged on the shareholder register earlier this decade, are set to make a similar amount. Three months ago, the McCanns were out buying shares in Fyffes in the market as they sought to minimise the dilution of their stake as the company raised €47 million through a share placement to bolster its balance sheet and carry out more deals, after spending almost €140 million this year buying two Canadian mushroom companies.
The purchase of the Highline Products and All Seasons mushrooms businesses gave Fyffes another string to its bow, beyond bananas, melons and pineapples. While the company has raised its earnings forecasts a few times following the Canadian deals, it highlighted in September that its oldest business, bananas, was grappling with “challenging” trading conditions as the dollar strengthened against the euro.
McCann, who said he’s given the Sumitomo a commitment that he’ll “stay for a period”, sees the Japanese giving Fyffes the leeway to continue to developing, even if detailed conversations on this have yet to happen.
“Today is a stepping stone in a history of many companies, including my family’s,” said McCann. “All of those have combined to create something special.”
By: Joe Brennan
Balazs Erdei got prestigious professional award.
This year Balázs Erdei, the regional manager of Sylvan
In the centre of the national agricultural education, at the Faculty of Horticultural Science of Szent István University the investiture of several professional awards took place on 23 November. Annually 3 persons are given a Certificate for the Development of Hungarian Horticulture. The award is a recognition of the development of Hungarian horticulture, the outstanding professional work which leads to recognition not only within the country but abroad as well. Moreover, the award also means the recognition of support of higher education in horticulture.
This year Balázs Erdei, the regional manager of Sylvan could take over this certificate of merit from dr Attila Hegedűs, the Dean of Faculty. According to the laudation „for the outstanding support of the national mushroom research and education, for the development of innovations in mushroom industry and for the expansion of international and professional contacts of the country.” Congratulations to the winner of the award hereby as well.
Revenues advance 3.3% at Donegal Investment Group
Agribusiness group’s three main divisions record improved performance
Revenues advanced by 3.3 per cent at Donegal Investment Group in the first eight months of the year, driven mainly by growth in its produce division.
In the eight months to August 31st 2016, earnings grew to €47.5 million at the agribusiness group, driven mainly by growth in its produce division. The group, formerly known as Donegal Creameries, reported a pre-tax loss of €545,000, down from a profit of €2 million reported in the same period in 2015, which is substantially due to legal costs relating to the group’s shareholding in Monaghan Mushrooms. Net debt increased by €600,000 to €14.9 million as of August 31st 2016. Adjusted operating profits increased by €1.3 million to €1.3 million “as a result of improved performance in all businesses”.
The group’s three main divisions produce, food-agri and associates all recorded improved performance.
“During the course of the coming year, the group will continue to review options to further release capital from non-core businesses and assets and has recently marketed the Grianan Estate farm,” the firm said in a statement.
Donegal Investment Group Grianan Estate farm: In the eight months to August 31st 2016, earnings grew to €47.5 million at the agribusiness group
The group put the estate, one of the largest farms in Ireland which is located in Co Donegal, on the market in June with a guide price of €17 million. Legal dispute
With regard to the ongoing legal dispute with Monaghan Mushrooms, the group said it has transferred its investment to an asset held for sale and will no longer take a share of profits into its results.
An interim dividend of 5.0 cent per share is to be offered by the firm.
The group also announced it has changed its year end from December 31st to August 31st, to allow it to have greater visibility on the seasonal performance of its produce and animal feeds business in advance of each new year.
Monterey Mushrooms adds to staff
Watsonville, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms has added Dana Giacone as a sales manager and has promoted Jill Moran to national customer service manager.
Giacone will be the sales manager of Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii, according to a news release.
“We are thrilled to have a professional with Dana’s background join our team,” Kevin Eichele, western sales director, said in the release. “We look forward to working with her to identify new business opportunities in the very important Southern California market.”
Monterey promoted Moran from her previous position as western region customer service manager. She has been with the company since 1991.
“The customer service team is the voice of Monterey Mushrooms to our customers,” Mike O’Brien, vice president of sales and marketing, said in the release. “The customer service team, under the leadership of Jill Moran, will play a leadership role in communicating to customers, as well as operations and sales regarding new projects, best practices and new items, following them through to execution. These are key resources for the sales team.”
Dana Giacone has been hired by Monterey Mushrooms as a sales manager, and Jill Moran has been promoted to national customer service manager.
“The Mushroomdays” in The Netherlands, will be held on 22-23-24 May 2019.
The board of the Mushroomdays Foundation announces that the next edition of the largest global mushroom tradeshow “The Mushroomdays” in The Netherlands, will be held on 22-23-24 May 2019. The location for it remains “The Brabanthallen” in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
The board concluded from the questionnaires sent out to the participants and the visitors that the set up and the formula meet their demands fully and will therefore be continued in the same way. You can find the results of the questionnaires on www.mushroomdays.com . Mushroomdays 2016 has been a special one, as it was combined with the 19th ISMS-conference to form a massive week on mushrooms for 3.500 people involved in the global mushroom industry.
The visitors of the Mushroomdays have a preference for a next edition in 2018, as where the exhibitors strongly prefer 2019. After consulting the exhibitors, the board of the Mushroomdays Foundation decided in favour of 2019 and it was decided that another evaluation will be made after the 2019 edition to decide the date for the edition after the 2019 one. Exhibitors as well as organizers are aiming to continue the Mushroomdays as an event not to be missed on the international agenda.
We already look forward to see all of you again in The Netherlands.
Chairman Mushroomdays Foundation.
Stichting Champignondagen /Mushroomdays Foundation
+31 (0)654 315 666
Psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms could help cancer patients
with anxiety and depression.
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients,
according to two small studies in the United States.
Also known as shrooms, purple passion and little smoke, psilocybin comes from certain kinds of mushrooms. And Dr Craig Blinderman, who directs the adult palliative care service at the Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, said the record on the effects of the substance showed “very impressive results” so far.
But the New York University project, which also included psychotherapy, covered just 29 patients, while the Johns Hopkins University study had 51 – so more definitive research still needs to be done. Psilocybin is illegal in the US, so if the federal government approves the treatment, experts say it would be administered in clinics by specially trained staff.
It would be a risk for people to try it on their own, said Dr Stephen Ross of New York University and Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore – they’re the leaders of the two studies. This isn’t the first time that psychedelic drugs have looked promising for treating distress in cancer patients. But after a regulatory crackdown on the drugs in the early 1970s, studies of medical use of psychedelics stopped. Now, research is slowly resuming.
So, could psilocybin work outside of cancer patients? Well, that’s unclear – although Griffiths said he suspects it might work in people facing other terminal conditions. He added that plans were also under way to study it in depression that resists standard treatment. Dinah Bazer, who lives in New York, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010, when she was 63. Treatment was successful, but then she became anxious about it coming back.
“I just began to be filled with a terrible dread,” she said in an interview. “You’re waiting for the other shoe to drop … (The anxiety) was ruining my life.” She swallowed a capsule of psilocybin in 2012 in the company of two staff members trained to guide her through the several hours that the drug would affect her brain.
Magic mushrooms are being weighed and packaged at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands (PETER DEJONG/AP)
Dinah Bazer found relief from cancer anxiety by being treating with a dose of psilocybin(Bebeto Matthews/AP)
One gram of psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms (Seth Wenig/AP)
Mushroom, eating by:
Mushroom sales in the
United States Click
Takeover of the Swiss mushroom growing branch:
Switzerland: Wauwiler Champignons takes over Fine Funghi Click
"Nigeria could make billions from mushroom cultivation" Click
Buying two Canadian mushroom companies.
Discreet dinner in the Merrion leads to €751m deal for Fyffes Click..
Balazs Erdei got prestigious professional award.
This year Balázs Erdei, the regional manager of Sylvan Click
Revenues advance 3.3% at Donegal Investment Group Click
Monterey Mushrooms adds to staff Click
“The Mushroomdays” in The Netherlands, will be held on 22-23-24 May 2019. Click
Psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms could help cancer patients with anxiety and depression Click