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Monthly Shipping and Marketing Report | February 2019

February 1, 2019

Council Update is currently in maintenance mode as we are in the midst of revamping the site. In the meantime, if you need anything please contact [email protected].

Open Positions on the Council (2020-2022 term):
A call for nominations was sent on February 1, 2019 for three open positions on the Council for the 2020-2022 term.

  • Region 1 (All states except CA & PA) – two open positions
  • Region 2 (PA) – one open position

Mushroom growers have ideas, skills, experiences and perspectives that would benefit the industry; be a voice for your industry by becoming part of the Council.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Mushroom Council encourage all eligible producers, including women, minorities and individuals with disabilities to participate and seek nomination.

Exemption Applications: The exemption applications for the 2019 calendar year have been mailed to those who are currently exempt. If you do not receive an application, please email [email protected]

Council Meeting: The next Council meeting will be held on February 14, 2019 in Orlando, FL. If you would like to attend, please let us know so we can make sure you are accommodated.

Shipment Summary

To see current charts, click here.

Growth rate seems to have slowed some for both domestic and imports…BUT note that the shipments for the last 6 out of 9 months for both domestic & imports set new highs, including the last 3 months; July-Sept.

The Month Ahead


  • We will kick off our ‘#Shroommates: Perfect Mushroom Pairings’ social media campaign. See page 3 of the Q1 Social Media Marketing Calendar for February’s downloadable graphics and sample social posts.
  • The fifth annual Blended Burger Project™ is just around the corner. Stay tuned for campaign updates and ways to get involved.


  • The USDA IQF Mushrooms are available in two convenient, commercial packaging. This new packaging came directly from schools’ requests for an easier-to-handle, easier-to-store pack.
    • USDA IQF Mushrooms
    • Pack: 12 – 2.5 pounds IQF Mushrooms
    • USDA Material #110920
    • Average price of $0.8214 per pound
  •  USDA has reinstated the bulk 40 pounds case of IQF mushrooms for further processing and central kitchens.
    • USDA IQF Mushrooms
    • Pack: 40 pounds IQF Mushrooms
    • USDA Material #110421
    • Average price: $0.7921 per pound

Click here if you would like to become a USDA vendor. PLEASE NOTE PURCHASES ARE DELAYED DUE TO SHUT DOWN.

  • Working on the Farm to School Kit/Harvest of the Month to have it ready by April 23, 2019 when we exhibit at the National CACFP Association. We will be exhibiting for the first time and we are pleased to say that Malissa Marsden will be presenting two session during the conference. Find out more at

Highlights from January


  • Are mushrooms part of your 2019 resolutions? Be sure to read and share our blog post on #ShroomGoals.
  • Mushrooms were spotlighted on dozens of 2019 food trends lists in the past 4-6 weeks. See running list of coverage here. Share the news headlines and links with your sales teams, customers and on your social media feeds!


  • Presented at the School Nutrition Industry Conference and shared a sensory tasting that overwhelmingly supported our “USDA Trinity” of mushrooms, peppers and onions with over thirty participants.

Digital Metrics

Mushroom Council


Digital Metrics

Tracker Highlights – Period ending 12/2/2018

Spotlight – Notable and Newsworthy

  • In the 4-weeks – Mushroom category dollar growth rate outpaced total produce
    by +2.8 points
  • In the 52-weeks – Mushroom category adds +$70.4M in incremental sales

* IRI/FreshLook Data provided by Fusion Marketing

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