The canned mushroom cartel busted!

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European Union antitrust regulators have fined French frozen and canned vegetable producer Bonduelle and Dutch peer Prochamp a total of 32.2 million euros ($43.78 million) for fixing prices of canned mushrooms. Bonduelle took the biggest hit with a 30.2 million euro penalty while Prochamp’s came to 2 million euros. The two companies admitted wrongdoing in [...]

Presence and future of Ukrainian mushroom industry

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Production of mushrooms in Ukraine – a vast industry. Annually about 60,000 tons of mushrooms are produced in Ukraine, its value by the producer’s prices in 2013 was amounted about 1 billion UAH (63 million Euro), and the total turnover of the industry companies is in many times higher than this figure. About 8,000 people [...]

EU subsidies enable Poland to become leader in mushroom exports

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In 10 years, since their entrance into the EU, Poland has received €40 billion in European farming subsidies. According to a recent study, three quarters of Polish farmers have a positive view towards the Union. Poland is the world’s leading producer of button mushrooms.  In Ozorow, 100 km from Warsaw, on ”Mushroom Paradise” farm, 180 [...]

Anticompetitive practices in canned mushroom market

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European consumers may have been paying too much for canned mushrooms, the European Commission said, confirming that it had reasons to suspect producers of colluding over prices. The commission, the European Union‘s executive, “has informed a number of producers of canned mushrooms of its preliminary view that they may have participated in a cartel, in [...]

German mushroom production increases

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Demand for German mushrooms remains stable, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. In 2013, Germany harvested a total of 62,000 tonnes of mushrooms. For the year 2014, the Association of German Mushroom Growers (BDC) expects production volumes to increase by approximately 2,000 tonnes. Increased demand levels are expected especially for brown mushrooms. Other varieties, such as [...]

Construction of Dutch mushroom factory begins in Macedonia

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The cornerstone laying ceremony for construction of mushroom factory, Dutch foreign investment, is laid Saturday in “Ovce Pole” industrial zone in Sveti Nikole. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, mayor of Sveti Nikole municipality Zoran Tasev and the investor ID Balkan Tetovo, Theodorus Van Kampen attended the event. The first investment phase includes €3.5 million, while the [...]

Salaj County, national leader in production of cultivated mushrooms

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About one third of the Romanian production of cultivated mushrooms comes from Salaj County (north-western Romania), according to the estimates made by experts in the field. In this county there is also the biggest mushroom producer in Romania (Boglar Champ). According to the data of the Agricultural Directorate in Salaj County, they produce here about [...]

Legro Group and Kalloveen buy peat fields and production in Latvia

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Topterra Holland BV is part of the Legro Group, where the various companies specialize in producing and supplying quality peat products and their transport. The Legro Group and Kalloveen together bought the company “AS Seda” in Latvia. Seda was established in 1954 and is today one of the largest peat bogs in Latvia. This company [...]

Hungary aims to double its mushroom production capacity

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One of the goals for the European Union’s 2014-2020 financial period is to increase mushroom production capacity from 25 thousand tons to 50 thousand tons and to achieve 20 billion forints in extra revenues within the mushroom sector, the Ministry of Rural Development’s Minister of State for Agricultural Economy said on Wednesday in Ócsa, near [...]

76th National Agriculture and Food Exhibition, Hungary

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We are proud to announce that the 76th National Agriculture and Food Exhibition (Országos Mezőgazdasági és Élelmiszeripari Kiállítás, in short OMÉK) opens its gates in Budapest in the Hungexpo Budapest Fair Center on 18 September 2013. OMÉK is known as the largest and most visited agricultural and food exhibition in Hungary. Last year’s 75th jubilee [...]

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