- AUGUST 22, 2016
Mushroom production growth continues to increase as a result of a strong industry focus on increasing the conversation and promotion around the uses and benefits of adding fresh mushrooms to the everyday diet for consumers.
According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service production report, the value of domestic mushroom production jumped by 2 percent from last year’s level. The 946-million-pound crop in 2015-16 was valued at $1.19 billion. The various successes of association and grower marketing programs have resulted in sales and production growth in all segments and varieties for both organic and conventionally grown mushrooms, benefiting the entire fresh mushroom industry.
This strong demand for the Agaricus crop resulted in $1.1 billion in sales from more than 922 million pounds sold. Pennsylvania accounted for 64 percent of the total volume of sales and second-ranked California contributed 12 percent. Brown mushrooms (Portabella and Crimini varieties) accounted for 165 million pounds, up 3 percent from last season. Brown mushrooms accounted for 18 percent of the total Agaricus volume sold and 23 percent of the total Agaricus value. Another record was set with 90 percent of Agaricus mushrooms going into the fresh market.
“Mushrooms are being used in more ways, which is shown in this annual production report,” Bev King, communications manager for the American Mushroom Institute, said in a press release. “Increased demand from retail and foodservice is reflected in the 19 million additional pounds (or 2 percent) produced this year. It marks the third straight year of growth.”
Production of specialty mushrooms, including varieties such as shiitake and oyster mushrooms, grew by 19 percent to 25 million pounds, with a sales value of $95 million.
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