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.