Maurice Koppen, Oakfield Champignons:

"My main concern is not sales, but finding staff"

Despite all the Corona perils, the fresh mushroom trade is still going strong, notes Maurice Koppen of Oakfield Champignons from Stramproy. "When the second Corona wave arrived, we held our hearts for a moment, but we see that the orders from the supermarkets continue to go well. We may be missing the sales to the catering industry, but if people cannot eat in the catering industry, then they will eat at home and we see that mushrooms fit perfectly in a culinary home meal. Everything that is retail related continues to flow well. Most supermarkets have reduced the number of products on the shelf, but the shelf space that is there also has a higher rotation speed. "

The biggest concern for the mushroom grower is therefore not in the sales, but how he can continue to maintain his staff. "We haven't had any problems with that yet, but more and more countries are turning orange and we desperately need the labour migrants to get our harvest on the market."

Koppen is not so concerned about the impending Brexit. "I believe that not many Dutch mushrooms go to the United Kingdom anymore. That used to be different, when it was one of our most important export markets. Nowadays it is mostly Polish mushrooms that the country imports. We have not been doing anything in recent years in England."

For more information:
Oakfield Mushrooms 
Lochtstraat 1
6039 RV Stramproy (NL)
T +31 (0) 495 56 41 13
F +31 (0) 495 56 15 60

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