Hessischer Pilztag 8 Nov 2017

On november 8th 2017 The Hessischer Pilztag took place in Kerns in Switzerland. It was a very well-attended program with over more than 100 participants from all over the World. There was a company visit to Kernser Edelpilze. Where Sepp and Patrick Häcki gave a tour in the new substrate company where they produce on a weekly basis 250 tons of substrate for mainly pleurotus eryngii, shiitake and pleurotus ostreatus. Currently they produce about 100 tonnes of substrate in 1.3kg bags of which 40% is for their own farm and 60% is sold to other customers in Europe. Hollander Spawn delivers their PE and P80 every month.

Partnership Hollander Spawn with P. Daemen Transport

Since October Hollander Spawn has started a transport partnership with P.Daemen Transport in Maasbree.Since October Daemen will take excellent care of all Hollander Spawns transport in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. P.Daemen is based in Maasbree (near Venlo), centrally located in the triangle of Holland, Belgium and Germany. Our service however stretches out across all of Europe. P.Daemen transports goods to not only the Benelux and Germany, but also to Austria, North Italy and Switzerland. Every year approximately 595,000 pallets based on 95,000 orders are divided across 24,000 trips. These transports include conditioned, non-conditioned and deep-frozen goods. From 1 pallet to full truck loads. Relying on the efforts of highly-skilled personnel, decent modern automation and an advanced lorry park, P.Daemen will take on the responsibility of your consignment. In doing so, quality and reliability are our first priorities. As a result you don’t have to concern yourself with your products and you can instead focus entirely on your core business.

Giant FB29

It’s September and the schools have started again. Traditionally wise the consumption of fresh mushrooms goes up in the north of Europe. Especially the brown mushrooms are loved in the autumn. Michael van Avezaath grower at Pilzland Hogenbögen was challenged by the local elementary school to grow the largest mushroom possible to show to the children. This was the result! A huge 1,1 kgs FB29!

New Spawn bags

Italspawn has introduced new spawn bags. Instead of 2 filters, the bags have 4 filters now. The main benefits are increased oxygen exchange for the spawn to breath better. Therefore there is an more faster and optimal colonization inside the bags. Early testing in the new test facility has shown spawn being more active straight out of the bag and shorten the incubation time in the compost with 1 day.  From now on all bags come with the new 4 filters.

Hollander Spawn Goes Green

Last week we installed our brand new cooling system. Looking into the future and thinking about reducing the pressure on the environment we decided to go green with using a propane chiller.  A propane chiller is the answer to the phase out of greenhouse gases. Refilling existing systems with virgin R22 has been prohibited since 2010 and as of 2015, refilling existing systems with recycled R22 has been prohibited as well.

The quest to find an environmentally friendly alternative for R22 led to the conclusion that propane (R290) would be the best substitute. Propane has very similar thermodynamic behavior to R22 and it is a natural refrigerant. By using R290 as a refrigerant, the environmental impact is reduced, because R290 has a zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential), a very low GWP (Global Warming Potential) and an assumed equal energy efficiency to R22.

Propane is a flammable refrigerant and therefore cautious handling of the refrigerant is required. The most important safety concern is to ensure that in case of a leakage the refrigerant doesn’t ignite. By placing the cooling system inside a casing, the possible explosive atmosphere is located inside the casing when a leakage occurs. By using an ATEX fan, the casing can be ventilated so the mixture of gas and air can be discharged outside the casing.

We strongly believe it is important to be able to live in a world with optimal environmental conditions. Not just for us, but for the next generations to come as well. With our propane chiller we benefit from the latest, highly efficient, chiller technology while knowing it’s utilizing an environmentally friendly refrigerant.