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Severe shortage of wild mushrooms

Next week chanterelle mushrooms to cost no less than 30 euros

Wild mushroom prices are skyrocketing due to shortages in Europe. According to Luc Wolfs from Mushroom City, mushroom wholesalers have been paid a lot of money this season for the different mushroom varieties, but right now the prices are extreme, "Next week you won't be able to get chanterelle mushrooms for less than 30 Euro," Luc predicts.

Extremely high prices
Luc continues, "This week the prices are around 20-25 Euro for products that normally cost 6-7 Euro. For this time of the year it is normal that the prices increase, but not so extreme. Next week the prices will increase again and chanterelles won't be less than 30 Euro. Porcini mushrooms will be sold at 37-39 Euro. The market is making a fuss about the price and the hospitality sector is ordering less mushrooms. This season people are getting smaller portions of wild mushrooms on their plates or cheaper alternatives."

Low supply of mushrooms
The supply of wild mushrooms has been low throughout Europe, "The chanterelle supply is particularly low, but there is also less trompette de la mort, also called the horn of plenty. Ultimately, the shortage has to do with all wild mushrooms, "No mushrooms came from Poland and only 20-30% of the normal supply came from Lithuania. Right now there are shortages in Spain and Portugal, where it has not rained for three months."

Production of exotic mushrooms has increased
Currently, Mushroom City is selling mainly exotic and wild mushrooms, "It has been a difficult year so far. Supply was (and is) low and the prices have been high," says Luc. Because there have been less wild mushrooms, exotic mushrooms sales have increased, "The demand and prices for these products are good. You see that customers are looking for alternatives to the high prices. If the wild mushrooms are too expensive, some customers settle for oyster, shiitake or chestnut mushrooms."

For more information:
Luc Wolfs
Mushroom City bvba
Rijsbergstraat 20
3390 Tielt-Winge
T: + 32 (0) 16 640639
F: + 32 (0) 16 640628

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