Eclo wants to supply mushroom substrate to Europe with a new factory

This week, Brussels-based Eclo is participating in the international trade fair ‘De Champignondagen’ in ‘s-Hertogenbosch’, the Netherlands, where it hopes to find new customers for its organic mushroom substrate. The substrate is made from recycled organic waste and was recently manufactured at Eglo’s new factory in Villers-le-Pouillet in the province of Liège.

Last fall, the company raised 4.7 million euros to build a 4,200 m² factory. “The first volumes are currently being sold through partners in the Netherlands and Belgium,” says Marketing Manager Quentin Declerk. He indicated that production will be ramped up in the coming months so that full production capacity can be reached by September.

The side function becomes the main function

The production of mushroom substrate was initially a side of Eclo, formerly known as Le Champignon de Bruxelles. In 2014, the company began producing exotic mushrooms that are often exported from distant countries. These mushrooms are grown in old cellars under the Anderlecht slaughterhouse and then distributed to Brussels chefs and organic shops throughout Belgium.

In addition to the production of mushrooms and later microgreens, Eco also focused on the production of organic, circular substrates. Mushroom substrates are a mixture of wood, grains, water and mycelium as the main ingredients. For a sustainable composition of a substrate, the mushroom grower approached local companies for waste streams. For example, Cantillon Brewery offers draft beer, while Colroyd Group and Bon Pain offer organic bread, which is not sold.

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