The establishment of Epicurean Food Group’s (EFG) multi-million-dollar, vertically integrated mushroom production facility has Adelaide poised to become the exotic mushroom capital of Australia.
The first of its kind in Australia, the facility aims to provide more than 20,000 tons of exotic mushrooms to the consumer retail sector per annum.
EFG is a producer of a large range of exotic fungi as well as low allergen and gluten free food. Most of its products are based on oyster mushrooms and include vegan friendly mushroom burgers and sausages, which it provides to supermarkets around the country.
The company says it wants to significantly reduce Australia’s reliance on imported exotic mushrooms, which are becoming increasingly popular due to taste, versatility and health benefits.
The facility is currently set on 4000sqm, and comprises of six growing rooms spanning 20 metres long and 6 metres high.
Before the end of 2024, the facility is set to expand to occupy to 35,000sqm, where thousands of Oyster, Shiitake, Enoki, King Oyster and Lion’s Mane mushrooms will grow in columns up to 13 metres high in specially designed growing rooms.
Source: Food and Drink Business