27 Sep 2010

Mushroom producer closing Waikato operations

1:57 pm on 27 September 2010

The country's largest mushroom producer has confirmed it is closing its Waikato operations by March next year, with the loss of up to 160 jobs.

Meadow Mushrooms says its Morrinsville composting plant will close by the end of December, and its mushroom-growing factory will shut by March 2011.

Chief executive Roger Young says the company regrets the closure and has worked hard to keep the operation going.

Last year the company fought to extend the operations at Morrinsville though it wasn't able to comply with an Environment Court ruling to eliminate obectionable odours from the plant.

Roger Young says the company is expanding its Canterbury-based operations to absorb the loss of the Morrinsville plant and factory, and they hope to be able to relocate some of the 160 staff there.