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Overlap with summer and autumn vegetables for button mushrooms

Italy: Competition from Eastern Europe for Terre di Romagna mushrooms

"Our mushroom production increases, but our revenues do not!," this is the first thing Loredana Alberti, chairman of OP Funghi delle Terre di Romagna, said on the mushroom season trend.



In Italy, the PO mainly sells to wholesalers (70% of mushrooms), the rest is sent to the canning industry, retailers and abroad.

"Except for button mushrooms, we were affected by the many mushrooms harvested in Eastern Europe. Those who buy field, oyster or poplar mushrooms choose the foreign produce because of lower prices (€4/5 per kilo) despite the lack of taste - it was harvested days or even weeks earlier - the presence of flies or the fact that it comes from territories that are not exactly uncontaminated."




"Button mushrooms were affected by summer and autumn vegetables, and demand was low. The price of mushrooms does not reflect the work we do to check, cultivate, harvest, store and transport them in compliance with certifications. At present, we are being inspected for the GlobalGAP certification. If I think about everything that we do, which has become normal throughout the years, I realise how much we pay attention to the quality of our mushrooms," concludes Loredana Alberti.

Contacts:
Funghi delle Terre di Romagna scarl
Via Bruscheto, 27
47853 Coriano (RN) - Italy
Tel.: (+39) 0541 657308
Email: funghiterreromagna@alice.it
Web: www.funghiterreromagna.it

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