Demand for Polish mushrooms is dropping to a level that is comparable to last year. This wasn't expected, as mushrooms traders in Poland had hoped for an increase in sales this year. Although compost has not been an issue so far, the problem could still arise later this year.
The Polish mushrooms have taken a step back in terms of sales. According to Joanna Leszko of Grzybmar Matuszewscy, a Polish mushroom trader, this happened last year as well: “The winter season wasn’t as good as we expected it would be. The customers’ orders dropped to a level that is comparable to last year. We’ll have to deal with it, and are hoping we can maintain our sales at least at the same level as it’s been recently. We sell about a thousand tons every month.”
Last year, people were reporting issues when it came to the quality of the compost, which could lead to problems. According to Leszko, this challenge could be repeated this year. “Last year there was a problem with the compost quality. The quality was very poor and not efficient due to the very hot weather in Europe over the spring and summer periods. Every year there are different circumstances for the compost, depending on weather and moisture, so we may face the same issue this year.”
The world is feeling the impact of the Corona-virus and for the Polish mushrooms the situation is no different. “The virus has definitely had an impact on our business. We can clearly observe a reduction of the volumes in our customers’ orders. Despite all that we don’t plan on changing any prices. If there’s no currency fluctuation, prices should remain at the same level as they are now.” Leszko concludes.