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WORK IN PROGRESS

Date: 11 July 2018

Mogu is getting transformed into a modern mushroom farm. We cannot wait!

The consumers in Israel and many other countries have discovered the mushroom as being healthy food and for that reason the demand is rising significantly. This has been the main motivation for initiating a new mushroom farm in Israel, named Mogu. In 2017 the decision to invest in a modern mushroom farm has been made. The farm will be going in operation the second half of 2018.

The initial farm will consist of 5 growing rooms, which is a good size to start with. Mogu will learn a lot about the art of cultivating mushrooms and eventually expand in the future. The compost and casing will be imported. Compost will arrive in blocks and filled as blocks in the shelving. The casing will be filled afterwards with a basic filling machine.

Ms. Keren from Mogu has made the decision to cooperate with Mush Comb. We assist Mogu during the whole process with local requirements support, but also by offering machinery, climate control systems and shelving. We also provide on-site installation assistance to guarantee a proper start-up.


NEWSLETTER

Date: 04 July 2018

Recently we renewed our newsletter set-up.

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NEW BROCHURE

Date: 27 June 2018

Our updated brochure is finalized and now complying with our new strategy!
Remember our strategic change?

“Our logo, mission, vision and slogan have changed to match the identity of Mush Comb. 
Currently we exceed in offering new Machinery to the mushroom-, exotics- and composting markets.

The past couple of years we have been facilitating our clients also with Climate solutions, Supplies and Engineering,
but now we want to communicate these product groups more to the market too. 
This allows Mush Comb to respond to the needs of the global market for total solutions and advice.

Our goal is to keep innovating to enable us to provide the best possible service for our clients. 
This will provide a steady growth for our customers, but also Mush Comb itself.”

The online version of this brochure will be posted in our next newsletter. If you are not yet connected to us, please follow this link to SUBSCRIBE

We are also updating our website, on which we will include a link to our new brochure as soon as possible.


RECAP WOODFUNGHI CONFERENCE

Date: 20 June 2018

After several messages in Dutch in the quest to enhance the team, hereby English news again.

As mentioned before, we attended and sponsored the first international Woodfunghi Conference in Ghent Belgium. The conference brought together a lot of knowledge through many different people with the passion for exotic mushrooms being the binding factor.

The more than 25 speakers and their lectures proved to be of high quality and great value to the audience. It showed us that we all have a lot of knowledge, but that there is also much to explore.

As Mush Comb, we were pleased to hear that the industry is looking for standardized solutions for different growing methods used. This has been a clear goal for us too, since we actively joined the exotics market in 2015.

The conference accommodated for an excellent mix of lectures but also networking activities. It is a luxury to share knowledge with people from Finland, Netherlands, USA, France, Poland and Austria in one morning.

It has proven to be a conference of highly added value for all the participants, and we believe that as Mush Comb we can support this industry in their growth.


ALL-IN-ONE SALES REPRESENTATIVE AND HEAD OF FINANCE

Date: 7 June 2018

Roel got us a minute to share his personal story, please look below for the Q&A.

Where are you from?
Leunen, the Netherlands

What is your function and what does it involve?
I am Sales Representative, but also Head of Finance. My job involves contact with clients which I offer suiting solutions. Together with the client I examine all possible options. Besides this, I am responsible for the bookkeeping of Mush Comb.

What is the most fun project you have worked on?
The first mushroom farm in Libya with Mr. Mahmoud, because of the challenging budget that was available. This got us to think creatively. At the end, the client was very satisfied and we still keep in touch with each other monthly.

What do you like the most about your job?
The variation of work. Because I am responsible for sales, client contact and finance, I am involved in multiple areas of the company.

What are your hobbies besides work?
Running, tennis, playing soccer with my son, watching my daughter play korfball (a mix between netball and basketball) and hanging out with my friends.

Which mushroom dish can you be woken up for?
Pastry with mushroom ragout, but I’d rather not be woken up.

What is your favourite innovation?
The car, because otherwise I would have to take my bicycle to work every day.


WOODFUNGHI CONFERENCE

Date: 30 May 2018

We are proud sponsor and attendee of the Woodfunghi Conference. Next week we will be going to Ghent for the first ever European event on the cultivation of lignicolous fungi. Do we see you there too?

“For decades, our mission has been to work hard to improve the cultivation quality of wood-loving fungi. Now it’s your time!

You want to exchange ideas and compare practical solutions to common problems, find answers to long lingering questions, share some wisdom and enjoy recognition.

We are realizing your dream: our anniversary year 2018 is the perfect occasion to organize the WoodFungi Conference, the first international conference dedicated to the cultivation of  lignicolous fungi.”

At this event we aim to further improve our knowledge in the cultivation of exotic mushrooms. This will assist us in developing the most practical products for this sector.
Besides information supply, this event will be the perfect place for us to promote our already existing exotic mushroom solutions:

- Growing Container
- Growing Room
- Growing Racks

Our goal is to get the European way of growing exotic mushrooms to a higher level. We have proven to do this by sharing knowledge, but also by coming up with innovative solutions which increases functionality, yield and controls.

Hopefully we will see you in Ghent!


FEATURED! Compact + Picking Lorry

Date: 25 May 2018

“The calculated Return on Investment is worth putting money aside for the purchase of Compact+ Picking Lorries” – Dutch mushroom cultivator

In 2016 we developed the Compact+ Picking Lorry with a Dutch mushroom grower. The reason for this was that the market lacked an effective picking lorry that is compact and/or foldable and can be handled all by the picker herself. This facilitates the efficiency of picking by having a lorry that can be fully operated by the picker herself, without any help. This includes independently taking the Picking Lorry from growing room A to B.

Initially we focused on the Dutch, German and Belgium mushroom market. We held a pitch at The National Mushroom Days 2018 and all growers received a postcard in their mailbox with information about this new product.

The Compact+ Picking Lorry also grabbed the attention of Mushroom Valley and MID-News who dedicated an article about this new innovation.

The last two years we have gotten lots of positive feedback on the Compact+ Picking Lorry. Now it is time to expand the capacity and give more pickers the possibility to work with this user-friendly product.

If you are interested to know more about the highly demanded Compact+ Picking Lorry, please visit https://www.mushroommachinery.com/new-mushroom-machinery-equipment/2074-mushroom-picking-lorrie-automatic-up-down or contact us directly.

The link above includes additional information about the product, references from other growers that already use the Compact+ Picking Lorry and videos of the product in action.


THE COMPOSTING MARKET

Date: 23 May 2018

Composting is a biological process of stabilizing organic matter under controlled conditions into a product that is rich in humus and provides organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Compost consists of raw materials such as a straw type, a nitrogen source and cast.

Phase I: Fermentation process – Create selective nutrition sources for the mushroom.

Phase II: Pasteurization process -  Make the substrate sterile.

Phase III: Growth process – Seed the mushroom mycelium in the substrate.

Phase IV: Budding process – Let the mycelium grow in.

Mush Comb offers Machinery, Climate, Supplies and Engineering solutions to the composting market.


THE EXOTICS MARKET

Date: 17 May 2018

The next four well-known mushrooms after the Agaricus bisporus are oyster, shiitake, eryngii and enoki. This among others entails the exotic mushroom market.

Once exotics were considered too difficult to farm, but nowadays they are commercially cultivated too. In Europe, exotics are more exclusive with interesting margins. Beyond the health benefits, exotics are also being rediscovered by the culinary community for their storied tastes.

Mush Comb’s history is primarily mushrooms, but in 2015 we were the first supplier in the mushroom industry to give full and professional attention to the exotic mushroom market. The exotic industry requires specific knowledge and high commitment. Mushroom solutions cannot simple be copy-pasted into the exotic industry and expected to be successful.

Our goal is to get the European way of growing exotic mushrooms to a higher level. We have proven to do this by sharing knowledge but also by coming up with innovative solutions which increases functionality, yield and controls.

We value every grower, small or big, and we will find solutions for your specific business together.

For information about our exotics solutions, please visit this link: https://www.mushroommachinery.com/oyster-mushrooms


THE MUSHROOM MARKET

Date: 15 May 2018

Speaking about the mushroom market, we refer to the Agaricus bisporus genera. The immature white cultivar of this mushroom is also called the Button mushroom. The immature brown cultivar is known as the Cremini mushroom. The mature cultivar of the Agaricus bisporus is known as Portobello mushroom.

If history is a guide, the mushroom industry will continue expanding at rapid rate. The mushroom- and exotics market was worth $35.08 billion in 2016 and is expected to be worth $59.48 billion in 2021. This is an increase of nearly 70%.

The Asian Pacific, USA and Europe are the biggest producers of mushrooms worldwide. Latin America goes through an unprecedented boom by using mushrooms as an ingredient in various dishes. The Middle East and Africa are set to exhibit a decent growth because of the abundance of raw resources and favourable growing conditions.

The future of the global demand for mushrooms is looking bright, because there is an ongoing trend of people turning towards organic & healthy foods. Developed countries have incorporated mushrooms into their diets as a high-protein meat replacement. Mushrooms are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The rise of mushroom consumption in China and India is primarily related to rising income and population.

The mushroom industry has turned to technology to meet the increased demand. Improvements in efficiency and working conditions has given the market a boost.

The canned and freezer mushroom markets rely heavily on mechanization to cut costs and work the scale of economies. Producers for the fresh market are also forced towards mechanization because of a shift in labour costs among other things. Mechanized systems and bulk handling of materials for preparation of substrate are used to increase the efficiency in order to work the scale of economies.

Mush Comb originates from a mushroom farm itself and wants to grow alongside mushroom growers by offering mechanization solutions such as Machinery, Climate, Supplies and Engineering.


FEATURED! Head Filling Machine Phase 2

Date: 8 May 2018

Below the Head Filling Machine Phase 2 which is on its way to our client in South-Korea (not by tractor though).

The Head Filling Machine Phase 2 is used for separately filling mushroom shelves with an even surface of compost and/or casing soil.

Hereby a video with the Head Filling Machine Phase 2 in working: https://youtu.be/I0R8RrVCXto

The content shows a mushroom farm using Mush Comb's machinery in Paccu, Peru. Shown is the filling of casing into their mushroom shelving.

The compost was already filled 2 weeks earlier and the casing is filled afterwards like shown here.


INTRODUCING OUR ALL-ROUND MECHANIST

Date: 3 May 2018

Niels shared his personal story, please look below for the Q&A.

Where are you from?
Venhorst, the Netherlands

What is your function and what does it involve?
I am an all-round mechanist. My work consists of building machines from start to finish.
in addition, I study mechatronics to further develop myself and to be able to carry out the process even better.

What is the most fun project you have worked on?
Basciani, in the USA. Here I have put a Head Filling Machine into operation. It was great to see their traditional business which we can help to professionalize even further.
I was also very warmly received and I was allowed to be part of their culture for a couple of days.

What do you like the most about your job?
The variety. I am widely applicable, have different tasks and see the possibilities for continuous growth at Mush Comb. We work in a small, fun team and I enjoy the informal chatter. I do not mind the “fries and snacks break” every Thursday either.

What are you hobbies besides work?
Playing soccer and having a couple of drinks with my friends.

Which mushroom dish can you be woken up for?
We eat a lot of mushrooms at home, but they cannot match the deep fried mushrooms I have had in the USA.

What is your favourite innovation?
Electrical energy, because what would we have done without it?


WELCOMING HAS VENLO AT MUSH COMB

Date: 1 May 2018

After two visits of HAS Venlo at Mush Comb, we went to Venlo to attend their presentations.

In February, 25 International Farm Management students from the HAS Venlo were introduced to the mushroom sector in 'Mushroom Valley'. The students paid a visit to Mush Comb and Monaghan Mushrooms in Horst as part of an assignment for the minor 'Internationalization'.

The aim of the 25 students - of which about half were exchange students from the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences from Germany and the University of Poznan from Poland - was gaining knowledge about the mushroom sector and us. Based on this information, they wrote a recommendation for a possible new production or sales branch of Mush Comb abroad.

In March, the group representatives returned back to Mush Comb to professionalize their plan by having more insight details about the mushroom sector and our role in this. The 3 group leaders consulted their first executed research and based on our feedback they returned back home to further develop their project before having the presentations due in April.

In April, the 3 group presentations took place at HAS Venlo. All of the groups started with the same goal 2 months ago. A wide variety of approaches and ideas brought us from Malaysia to USA to Jordan. Currently the students are finalizing their plans.

We would like to thank HAS Venlo, Monaghan Mushrooms, Mushroom Valley for making this a successful project. Also a special thanks to the students who invested their time in this plan!


FEATURED! Exotics Growing Container

Date: 26 April 2018

In 2015 we were the first supplier in the mushroom industry to give full and professional attention to the exotic mushroom market.

So far we have come up with three different solutions for this specific industry. One of this is an exotics growing container. We developed this container, because we spoke with potential exotics growers with the request to start their business on a relatively small scale.

The main benefit of the container is that it provides a low-key opportunity to grow exotic mushrooms. The investment is relatively low and you can start quickly with growing.

Flexibility is another reason why growers choose the container solution; the container can be built today on site A, but after x time easily moved to site B.

More information about our exotics growing solutions can be found here:

https://www.mushroommachinery.com/oyster-mushrooms

Or feel free to flick us an email for any questions.


NATIONAL MUSHROOM DAY 2018

Date: 24 April 2018

As mentioned in last week’s article this one is going to address the National Mushroom Day 2018. But what is the relation with the shown pictures?



The National Mushroom Day 2018 took place the 19th of April. Prior to this event, all the growers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium received a postcard promoting Mush Comb’s newest innovation. The day itself, Bob held a 3-minute pitch about the Compact+ Picking Lorry. The picture illustrates two of the many advantages of this Picking Lorry.

We will dedicate a future article to go deeper into detail with regards to the Compact+ Picking Lorry, but if this got you interested feel free to visit https://www.mushroommachinery.com/new-mushroom-machinery-equipment/2074-mushroom-picking-lorrie-automatic-up-down for additional information, pictures and video’s.

With an attendance of 250 people, the National Mushroom Day 2018 was a great success.

The key takeaway for us was the positive impact social media can have on the mushroom industry. The market can grow as a whole with an increased worldwide activity on social media and sharing of knowledge.

We would like to thank Mushroom Valley, Scelta Mushrooms, Delphy and LTO for the organization of this fruitful event.


ENGINEERING

Date: 19 April 2018

Machinery | Climate | Supplies | Engineering

Mush Comb can provide you with professional engineering. We supply drawings, electrical plans, steel, panels and supervision for the mushroom-, exotics- and composting business. This also gives us the freedom to customize where needed.

We always focus on an ideal set up based on total production capacity, growing surface, compost volume, climate control and logistics. The most effective design will be used to build the facility.

Now that we have discussed all the 4 product groups, we are off to the National Mushroom Day 2018.

Next week’s article will be about how we perceived the National Mushroom Day 2018.


SUPPLIES

Date: 18 April 2018

We supply supplies for the mushroom-, exotics- and composting business.

Receiving value for money... that is our main focus when it comes to supplies. We do no concessions when it comes to quality, because we want to supply our clients with products that have a long lifespan and support your business in a positive functional way.

We will always look at your specific situation to generate optimized efficiency and easy implementation of our products into your business. This means that we can customize our supplies specifically to your business.

Mush Comb provides all kinds of supplies such as:

- Shelving
- Picking Lorries
- Growing Nets
- Lights
- Picking Racks

But also many more accessories…

For more information please contact us at info@mushroommachinery.com

Besides supplies, we also offer machinery, climate control and engineering solutions.


CLIMATE

Date: 12 April 2018

Mush Comb has been active in climate deliveries for many years. We supply climate units and controls for the mushroom-, exotics- and composting business.

Climate control systems and well insulated growing rooms are main aspects within your growing environment and will determine the quality conditions of growing mushrooms and exotics.

Therefore we have been developing pre-fabricated, easy to install and energy efficient air handling units, air distribution systems and user-friendly climate computers.

This climate package is focused on user-friendliness, because we know that growers want to focus on growing. This provides growers with a short learning curve so they can get on with business right away.

Besides this, we always take the local conditions into account so that we can adapt our climate systems to these variables.

Climate control is just one of the solutions we offer our clients, but we also offer Machinery, Supplies and Engineering.

Next week’s article is going to discuss the product group Supplies.


MACHINERY

Date: 10 April 2018

Mush Comb has been developing new innovative machinery for many years. We supply machinery for the mushroom-, exotics- and composting business.

We develop standardized machinery, but we also customize machinery specifically to your business for optimized efficiency and easy implementation of our products into your business.

Functionality, safety and user-friendly are the key terms we use when developing machinery. We always look at the client’s specific situation so we can optimally assist our client’s business.

Besides machinery, we also offer climate control, supplies and engineering solutions.

Please have a look at the link below for an overview of our machinery that will help you grow your business.

https://www.mushroommachinery.com/new-mushroom-machinery-equipment

The next article is going to give a deeper understanding of Climate.


POSITIONING

Date: 3 April 2018

Mush Comb has been established to put the customer first.

Our vision is to secure our position as most service-friendly supplier. We have actively been empowering this since the early 90s.

Mush Comb’s experienced team is used to put full effort into helping our clients with everything. Honest advice is one of the fundaments of our business. We genuinely want to support our customers and have therefore shifted our ideology from product-based to customer-based.

With everything we do, we ask ourselves the question “why?”
“Why do most suppliers think from products and not from the needs of the client?” We are going to stand in your shoes and come up with the best solutions for your specific situation.

In order to do this, we want to deliver a personal service. We are always in contact with our clients, from Whatsapp to social media to calls. It is also possible to video call, so clients can not only hear us, but also see us. This service does not stop after a purchase, because we want to grow together with our clients, now and in the future.

The extensive knowledge and information we share with each other, we also share with our clients. Our team strives to know everything about our products and the mushroom-, exotics- and composting markets. This is one of the ways we can offer the best possible advice.

All the above mentioned is empowered by the development of functional, high-quality products, conceived from the user. These products are safe to use and user-friendly. We support worldwide availability of spare parts so that our clients are provided with the possibility of an ongoing process when unexpected problems occur.

We are always on the look for innovation to develop excellent products, but also a better service.

Mush Comb treats you as number 1!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

T: +31 77 398 39 29 
E:
info@mushroommachinery.com  


MUSH COMB'S IDENTITY

Date: 29 March 2018

Our logo, mission, vision and slogan have changed to match the identity of Mush Comb.

        

Currently we exceed in offering new Machinery to the mushroom-, exotics- and composting markets.

The past couple of years we have been facilitating our clients also with Climate solutions, Supplies and Engineering, but now we want to communicate these product groups more to the market too.

This allows Mush Comb to respond to the needs of the global market for total solutions and advice.

Our goal is to keep innovating to enable us to provide the best possible service for our clients.

This will provide a steady growth for our customers, but also Mush Comb itself.

“Let’s grow together”

Next week we will be writing an article about our positioning.
“Where do we stand out from our competitors?”


NEW TEAM MEMBER

Date: 27 March 2018

Kevin will be supporting the Marketing Communications department of Mush Comb.
For us a reason to ask him a couple of questions.

Mr. Bob Holtermans

Where are you from?
Meterik, the Netherlands

Why did you choose Mush Comb?
The past couple of years I have been on the road for study-, work- and life experiences in South-Africa, Sweden and New Zealand. When I came back to the Netherlands I was looking to work for an international orientated company where I can empower my marketing skills. The vacant function at Mush Comb is the perfect step in my career, because of the possibility to be highly involved within the Marketing Communication of Mush Comb.

What skills are you going to bring to Mush Comb?
In 2016, I have finished my Marketing Master in Sweden. Last year I have gained sales experience in New Zealand. Both these experiences are going to help me support Mush Comb in general. I am furthermore very motivated to exploit my talents and work in a fun environment, which Mush Comb offers me.

What do you want to learn at Mush Comb?
I want to finally be able to put my theoretical knowledge into practice. I might bring some of my study books along for guidelines, but it is time to put my creativity into work.

What are your hobbies besides work?
My field of interests consists of the world of sports (from running marathons and participating in obstacle runs to watching sports on the couch), travelling and cooking. I can always be woken up for new adventures, exploring is part of my DNA and I strive to always develop my professional skill set in the broadest sense.

Which mushroom dish can you be woken up for?
Simply a mushroom burger.

What is your favourite innovation?
The airplane, but this will be replaced by a time travelling machine when that comes to the market. All to provide easy travel solutions.