Basciani Foods, a mushroom farm in Avondale, recently patented its shelf-life extending bags and the process of filling them. That automation investment is now paying off significantly, writes Tom Karst for The Packer.
“Before COVID hit, we had invested in automation to automatically weigh and package our sliced mushrooms in patented shelf-life extending bags,” said Fred Recchiuti, general manager of Basciani Foods. “It was really well received by the market, and now we can’t produce enough.”
Currently, the company is waiting on two more machines, which have been delayed by supply-chain issues. Basciani Foods ships its products primarily to food-service distributors for large chain restaurants.
“Our business nosedived in March of 2020, but then, as the restaurants pivoted to takeout, it got much better,” said Recchiuti.
The company is expecting to produce more mushrooms in 2022 than in 2021, driven by the surging consumer interest in this versatile product.
“Many mushrooms have immunity-boosting benefits, so the category is well-aligned with that market segment,” said Recchiuti.
He added that retailers can also promote mushrooms through cross-marketing in the meat department.
Read more about Basciani Foods in The Packer.