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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.

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PBO 10:33 am 12 Aug 09

88612 and Iceman, do you both know eachother? Your writing styles are very, very similar.

iceman 10:14 am 12 Aug 09

I totally agree with you 88612. Who would start a business and allowing the competitor to dictate who you should sell your product to and who you shouldn’t? Canberra Mushrooms must be kidding themselves! Sounds like they had a monopoly for too long and are worried about Majestic Mushrooms.

Have you seen the latest ABC posting on Wed 12/8 http://www.abc.net.au/rural/act/canberra/ , Majestic Mushrooms have responded with:

“There was never any agreement, arrangement nor understanding to share any clients,” they say.

“Any attempt to do so was by Canberra Mushrooms. We believe that this is a free market and that competition is healthy. The consumer will benefit and competition keeps us striving to produce a quality product at a competitive price.”

Good on you Majestic Mushrooms, my friends and I are right behind you!!

88612 6:56 pm 04 Aug 09

it’s business. i highly doubt there is such thing as a “deal” as to which clients belong to who.

plus, think about it. which new business will sign a deal saying, “yeah sure. i’ll just take the remainder of your clients and not even try to compete with you.”

hence, once again, i highly doubt anything like a “deal” exsists.

astrojax 6:15 pm 02 Aug 09

i pine for such puns, cat. oyster you and you stir me… [we should go now…]

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