Job offersmore »
- Account Manager European Countries
- Business Operations Manager - Guyra, Australia
- Export Commercial Assistant - Barcelona, Spain
- Farm Construction Manager - Phoenix (AZ) USA
- Lemon/Citrus Packing-house Manager - Phoenix (AZ) USA
- Account-Manager - Wickede/Ruhr, Germany
- Grower for pot plant production - Tönisvorst - Germany
- Assistant Grower & Growers - Ohio, USA
- Fruit & vegetables Export-Import manager - Avignon or Perpignan, France
- Area Manager North Europe - Netherlands
Top 5 - yesterday
Top 5 - last week
- Second season for Idaho's only commercial blueberry grower
- Greenyard under fire after listeria contamination
- AU: New fully recyclable packaging set to take fresh produce industry by storm
- NY cherry growers could harvest sweet profits with tall greenhouses
- Greenyard estimates damage of recall at 30 million Euros
Top 5 - last month
Exchange ratesmore »
NZ: Demand for local mushrooms on the rise over winterOne of New Zealand’s leading mushroom growers says demand for its produce typically increases throughout the winter months.
The Te Mata Mushroom Company is based in Havelock North on the North Island, producing between 20-25 tonnes of fresh mushrooms a week, consistently throughout the year.
"Demand is higher in winter due to the reduced availability of other local vegetables and the increase in price of imported produce," owner Michael Whittaker said. "Commercially, mushrooms are grown indoors, so they are a year-round, non-seasonal product. Because mushrooms are non-seasonal, the shelf price is pretty stable."
The company, which began in 1967, only supplies the North Island domestic market and has no plans for export at this stage, producing both white and portobello (or brown) mushrooms. Mr Whittaker says they are grown in climate controlled rooms, so seasonal variation is minimal.
"Depending on the stage of growth, each variety can be sold as buttons (round, unopened mushrooms); cups (just starting to open) or flats (completely open). Each stage is useful for different recipes, portobellos tend to have a more robust flavour than whites."
However, because commercial mushrooms are grown indoors they may only see a very small amount of sunlight in their life cycle. But the company’s top product is the country's only Vitamin D mushrooms, which has a number of health benefits.
"We also introduced New Zealand’s first Vitamin D enhanced mushroom," Mr Whittaker said. “If exposed to sunlight mushrooms will naturally produce Vitamin D – even after picking. Our Vitamin D mushrooms are exposed to a special UV light before packing that allows them to produce large amounts of Vitamin D – a very topical issue at the moment, especially coming into winter.”
Te Mata's farm is one of the six remaining commercial mushroom farms nationwide, and provides a unique fully compostable tray and premium pre-pack products.
For more information:
Te Mata Mushroom Company
Phone: +64 6 877 7266
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector: