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Monterey Mushrooms marks 40th anniversary

Monterey Mushrooms employees celebrated 40 years of service in the mushroom industry Sept. 16 with special monogrammed shirts and anniversary cakes.

Monterey took its first steps toward becoming a leading mushroom distributor in 1971, when it was a single-farm operation near Watsonville, CA. Four decades later, the corporate office in Watsonville oversees a family of operations from coast to coast and border to border, servicing customers nationwide with freshly grown, processed and packaged mushrooms.

Shah Kazemi, president of Monterey Mushrooms, said that Monterey is a second-generation, family-owned company, now producing over 200 million pounds a year of domestic mushrooms as well as specialty, canned, frozen and dried mushroom products.

The last 40 years have seen many innovative milestones for Monterey, including the introduction of Clean ‘N Ready pre-washed mushrooms, mushrooms in zip-lock poly-bags, and most recently, a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the development of vitamin D mushrooms.

Now Monterey is introducing a revolutionary innovation in product packaging: a sustainable, biodegradable and recyclable fiber mushroom tray/till. It is a packaging product for fresh mushrooms that has all of the sustainability features and benefits important to consumers.

In addition, the printable surface of the new fiber till allows for the delivery of clear and informative messages to the consumer on nutrition, recipes, usage and the versatility of mushrooms.

The new packages and tills will be on display at the upcoming Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Atlanta.