The Polish Economic Institute (PIE) reports that Poland is the largest producer of button mushrooms in Europe and one of the leaders in the world, selling over half of the European Union's export.
According to PIE, the domestic consumption is one of the lowest in European Union.
The statistics confirm that button mushrooms have been one of Poland's export hits for many years. "Since Poland's accession to the EU, there has been an annual increase in the export of mushrooms," PIE said in its report.
In 2004, domestic producers sold 87,000 tonnes of mushrooms abroad worth EUR 101 million, while in 2018 exports increased to nearly 236,000 tonnes worth EUR 354.5 mln.
According to Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, in the first eleven months of 2019, the export of button mushrooms from 27 EU states stood at EUR 650 million. Poland was placed first on the list of EU's exporters having 50.1 percent (EUR 326 mln) share of the market.
Thefirstnews.com claims that he largest EU recipient of Polish button mushrooms was Germany, which bought over 42,000 tonnes worth EUR 77.6 million. Second place was taken by France, whose customers bought 27,300 tonnes worth EUR 45.5 million.