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Ireland and UK’s Mushroom Industries ‘Harnessing Innovation’

Ireland and UK’s Mushroom Industries ‘Harnessing Innovation’
October 16
09:31 2015

Delegates at the recent All Ireland and UK Mushroom Conference and Trade Show in Monaghan discussed how Ireland and the UK’s mushroom industries are ‘Harnessing Innovation’. The conference, sponsored by Bord Bia, brought together growers, scientists and suppliers from all 32 counties of Ireland, and again from the UK as well.

Bord Bia estimates the combined North and South mushroom production has a farm gate value of €173 million. UK mushroom production is estimated be worth £115 million at farm gate level. The majority of Irish production is sold on the export market, with 80 percent exported each year. Bord Bia reported that mushroom sales remain steady both in Ireland and in the UK, Ireland’s most important export market.

BordBiaMushroomInfographicAccording to Michal Slawski, Development and Marketing Specialist, Bord Bia: “Both the UK and Irish mushroom markets are showing steady growth, both in volume and in value. The UK market in particular is performing very well compared to the vegetable category as a whole. Mushrooms are growing in both value and volume, while vegetables are growing in volume but declining in price.” He added: “The €2.7 million three year EU co-sponsored mushroom promotion in the UK and Ireland helps play its part by increasing sales in the target audience. The number of UK households buying mushrooms has increased by 600,000 and the proportion of households aged under 34 who buy mushrooms has increased by one third (Source: Kantar Worldpanel), during the three years of the More to Mushrooms, and the following first two years of the  Just add Mushrooms campaign ”

In the first session Helen Grogan (Teagasc) and Mairead Kilpatrick (AFBI) updated the industry on key research messages from MushTV, Tim Dolden from Loritus discussed Biocoal from Spent Mushroom Substrate and Production Management Software was covered by Hazel Codd, Codd Mushrooms.  In the second session, Gerry Walsh, Teagasc (Retired) spoke about 40 years of Irish mushrooms, Brendan Burns, Sylvan looked at Growing Systems Abroad, Michal Slawski, Bord Bia covered Food Innovation and a short Market Review and Stephen Allen, Monaghan Mushrooms spoke about “3 Ways To Get People to Eat More Mushrooms.”

A trade show featured 32 exhibitors showcased the latest equipment, machinery, renewable energy technology, packaging and supplies and growing facilities.

The organising committee for this years’ event included representatives from AHDB, AFBI, Bord Bia, CMP, DAFM, DARD, the IFA, Monaghan Mushrooms, Northway Mushrooms, Sylvan, Teagasc, and Walsh Mushrooms. For more information and conference presentations, visit http://mushroomconference2015irelandanduk.com/.

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