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January 6, 2021

South Mill Champs acquires The Mushroom Company in all-US deal

US mushroom business South Mill Champs (SMC) is eyeing expansion after acquiring a local peer, it has revealed.

By Leonie Barrie

US mushroom business South Mill Champs (SMC) has acquired local peer The Mushroom Company, it has revealed.

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania-based SMC, one of North America’s largest mushroom processors, will inherit The Mushroom Company’s processing facility in Cambridge, Maryland, through the deal.

Financial details were undisclosed.

The Mushroom Company’s product capabilities range from individually quick-frozen (IQF) to canning, blanching, blending, and roasting mushrooms and other vegetables. It primarily serves the foodservice and industrial markets, where its mushrooms end up in products such as pizza and soup, and on various quick and casual-service restaurant menus.

Dennis Newhard, president of The Mushroom Company, said: “Over the last few years, SMC has shown exceptional leadership in innovation and growth in the mushroom industry. We look forward to supporting and further expanding SMC’s capabilities and product innovation.”

He added: "We believe the future is bright and this combination gives us the resources to continue to be an industry leader."

Its facility will continue to operate under The Mushroom Company banner, with Newhard remaining president and general manager.  

SMC said that, in the near term, it plans to expand capacity and capabilities at the Cambridge facility.

SMC was formed in late 2017 after South Mill of Pennsylvania merged with Canadian firm Champ's Mushrooms. In November 2020, the company further expanded its distribution capabilities with the opening of a new distribution centre in Lakeland, Florida.

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