2018 Press Releases
To help promote a greater appreciation and use of mushrooms, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially declared September National Mushroom Month with a formal proclamation signed by USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue, the American Mushroom Institute announced today.
The value of mushrooms produced in the United States hit an all-time high last year of $1.23 billion, further solidifying them as a staple in consumer kitchens and restaurant menus, according to the 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service. Production however dipped one percent from last year to 917 million pounds, due in large part to the ongoing challenge of an adequate agriculture workforce, trucking and healthcare costs.
03.06.18: SONIC DRIVE-IN OFFERS FIRST EVER MUSHROOM BLENDED BURGER
The American Mushroom Institute welcomed the first nationwide, fast food offering of mushroom blended burgers this week, as SONIC Drive-Ins rolled out its Signature Slinger Cheeseburger to its 3,500 stores nationwide. Big on flavor, low in calories, the new menu addition starts at just 350 calories. The patty is made with three ingredients – premium beef, savory mushrooms and bold seasonings for a juicy burger that has all the flavor but none of the guilt.
The American Mushroom Institute (AMI) recently announced the appointment of its 2018-2019 Board of Directors. AMI is the leading trade association for mushroom growers, processors and marketers of cultivated mushrooms nationwide and is the unified voice of the U.S. mushroom industry, bringing its member businesses together to provide resources and increase knowledge on best practices, technology, research, regulatory compliance and safety.
Did you know that mushroom farmers are considered the “original recyclers” due to their use of the byproducts of other commodities in the mushroom farming process? While today’s mushroom farms are highly technical operations, the process of growing mushrooms includes using and reusing raw materials, water and other ingredients, making mushroom farmers leaders in agriculture recycling, making every day Earth Day in the mushroom industry.
03.22.18: DEMAND FOR FRESH MUSHROOMS SURGING
Consumer demand for fresh mushrooms is reaching new highs already in early 2018, as mushrooms top popular food trends lists and star in national foodservice advertising campaigns, such as the Sonic Drive-In promotion. At retail, the mushroom category ended January 2018 with a 9.7 percent increase in pounds sold, following a 5.7 percent increase in January 2017. The surge in demand is outpacing current supply, with various factors affecting how quickly mushroom growers can respond, according to the American Mushroom Institute.