Based in Cambridge, Maryland, The Mushroom Company is one of North America’s largest mushroom processors
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South Mill Champs (SMC), one of the largest mushroom growers in North America, has acquired The Mushroom Company. Based in Cambridge, Maryland, The Mushroom Company is one of North America’s largest mushroom processors.

“We are excited to join the South Mill Champs family,” said Dennis Newhard, president of The Mushroom Company. “Over the past few years, SMC has shown exceptional leadership in innovation and growth in the mushroom industry. We look forward to supporting and further expanding SMC’s capabilities and product innovation.”

Newhard noted the industry is experiencing strong growth as consumers continue to recognise the significant health and environmental benefits of mushrooms. “We believe the future is bright, and this combination gives us the resources to continue to be an industry leader.”

With 90 years in the business, The Mushroom Company has built a reputation for high-quality, innovative products and superior dedicated customer service.

Its product capabilities range from individually quick-frozen (IQF) to canning, blanching, blending, and roasting mushrooms and other vegetables.

The Mushroom Company primarily serves the foodservice and industrial markets, where its mushrooms end up on pizzas, in soups, and on various quick and casual-service restaurant menus.

The Cambridge facility will continue to operate under The Mushroom Company banner, with Dennis Newhard remaining president and general manager.

In the near term, SMC plans to expand capacity and capabilities at the site in line with its growing North American operations.

South Mill Champs formed in late 2017 after South Mill of Pennsylvania and Champ’s Mushrooms of British Columbia merged.

The combined business has becomed a major vertically-integrated compost producer, grower, and supplier of North American-grown fresh mushrooms and functional mushroom foods.

SMC is headquartered in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and offers mushrooms and other products with full-service logistics and storage.

Loveday Mushroom Farms, a high-quality, multigenerational composter and mushroom grower based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, joined SMC last July.

SMC further expanded its distribution capabilities last November by opening a new distribution centre in Lakeland, Florida.

Date published: 6 January 2021

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