Review and evaluation of mushroom packaging (MU22008)
What was it all about?
In 2023, this short project identified and evaluated the suitability of alternative packaging options for the Australian mushroom industry.
This review identified that sustainable alternatives to packaging components, such as punnet trays and film closures, present considerable operating cost increases to Australian mushroom producers.
Furthermore, whilst there are viable punnet options current available, existing film closure solutions are less suited to mushroom packaging and thus there are a number of supply chain challenges to overcome to ensure a fully-compliant packaging.
Further efforts are required to increase the commercial and operational viability of adopting sustainable packaging solutions.
This project was a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Mushroom Fund