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Mushrooms – a dirty business

By WanniAss - 31 July 2009 24

The ABC website has an interesting article on the (I assume) little known mushroom war in Canberra. The long established Canberra Mushrooms (who are actually in Yass) vs Majestic Mushrooms, the upstarts.

    Majestic Mushrooms has entered a market tightly held by Canberra Mushrooms for 20 years.

    Canberra Mushrooms is in Yass and the farm supplies 85 per cent of Canberra’s market, and they are planning significant expansion.

    Clint Smithers of Canberra Mushrooms describes the bidding war when the new kid arrived on the block.

    He says they “had a deal with Majestic Mushroom when they first moved in … we gave them all the names of places we don’t supply, that get their mushrooms from Sydney and to go and attack that.”

    “Straight away they tried to attack our customers,” he says “they got a couple, then we just went and took the ones we gave them, so it’s balanced out a bit.”

I knew mushroom growers spent their days in the s**t, but I never knew how dirty it was.

What’s Your opinion?


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Mushrooms – a dirty business
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chewy14 9:11 am
31 Jul 09
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Quote from unnamed mushroom insider:

“They better watch out or we’ll put a Cap in their ass.”

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peterh 9:18 am
31 Jul 09
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love to see the way they offered the clients that canberra mushrooms didn’t deal with – as if to say, we own 85% of the market, have fun with the remainder. who are they kidding?? of course the new players will go after their competitor’s clients…

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seekay 9:27 am
31 Jul 09
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Gosh! Competition! Whatever next?

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Pandy 9:33 am
31 Jul 09
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ACCC needs to get involved

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Postalgeek 9:39 am
31 Jul 09
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Great. Now the police have to contend with roving gangs of smurfs and elves looking to bash each other.

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Danman 9:40 am
31 Jul 09
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Pandy – why ?

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pptvb 9:46 am
31 Jul 09
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Danman said :

Pandy – why ?

“Almost” sounds like collusion
Not allowed unless you are a fuel company.

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Bluebell 9:51 am
31 Jul 09
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Golden news, hopefully the price will come down when there some competition!

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Whatsup 9:59 am
31 Jul 09
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Postalgeek said :

Great. Now the police have to contend with roving gangs of smurfs and elves looking to bash each other.

LOL +1

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ant 10:20 am
31 Jul 09
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The price of mushrooms went sharply upwards some years ago, and never came down again. I still think $8 – $10 a kilo is rather a lot.

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Thoroughly Smashed 10:33 am
31 Jul 09
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chewy14 said :

Quote from unnamed mushroom insider:

“They better watch out or we’ll put a Cap in their ass.”

A death cap?

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Thoroughly Smashed 10:43 am
31 Jul 09
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dvaey 11:06 am
31 Jul 09
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What is it with people who target the Canberra market, call themselves ‘Canberra’n, base themselves OUTSIDE canberra, then expect Canberra to bend over backwards for them?

Its competition, plain and simple, and if I was a customer who had to choose between ‘Canberra Mushrooms’ made in Yass, and ‘Majestic Mushrooms’ made in Canberra, Id always buy local. Having said that, if I was in Yass, I would buy from the locally-based ‘Canberra Mushrooms’.

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eyeLikeCarrots 11:12 am
31 Jul 09
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I had a mate who worked in this industry.. he was a fungi to hang around with.

Back on topic… This obviously requires an antitrust case in the High Court.. imagine how High the court would get after sampling the product ?

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astrojax 12:56 pm
31 Jul 09
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stop it carrots. now. ; )

i hadn’t heard this story, but then they keep me in the dark and… i blame the swiss.

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