Swiss mushrooms are booming

16.12.2021
December 16, 2021 - (Source © lid.ch) - The demand for edible mushrooms has risen steadily over the past five years and is currently experiencing a real boom. However, imports have also increased.

In addition to the mushrooms, the Swiss mushroom offer also consists of the noble mushrooms. According to the FOAG, the most important of these are shiitake, oyster mushrooms and king oyster mushrooms. The domestic supply of noble mushrooms is more seasonal than that of mushrooms. (ji)

Especially since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a leap in sales of edible mushrooms in the retail trade, writes the market analysis department of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) in the current market report . From January to October 2021, more mushrooms were sold in the retail trade than in the whole of 2019. The domestic range of edible mushrooms has also increased and diversified. The first Swiss organic mushrooms have been on sale in the retail trade since the end of 2017 and the production of noble mushrooms has also grown significantly.

Mushroom production on the rise

In 2021, according to the market report, 6,859 tons of fresh mushrooms were produced in Switzerland by October. For comparison: On average for the years 2017 to 2020, an average of 6,060 tons were produced in the period from January to October. The monthly production of 2021 - compared with the corresponding months of the four previous years - recorded a peak almost every month, the report continues.

However, according to the report, Swiss mushroom producers are in constant competition with foreign competitors because the market for edible mushrooms is not protected by high tariffs. The import volumes of mushrooms rose significantly between 2017 and 2021: The year 2018 saw the largest volume increase compared to the previous year with an import volume of 3,638 tonnes, an increase of 14 percent. In 2021, 3,714 tons of mushrooms were imported from January to October, more than in the whole of 2018.

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