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Ecovative acquires mushroom spawn plant

Plant will expand to supply natural mycelium materials for the fashion and apparel industries.

19th December 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Green Island, NY, USA

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Ecovative, headquartered in Green Island, New York, is acquiring Lambert Spawn Europa, a mushroom spawn production facility in the Netherlands, from Pennsylvania-based Lambert Spawn Company.

The purchase vertically integrates a major source of mushroom substrate – mixtures of raw agricultural products inoculated with specialised mushroom strains – within the operations of the developer of mycelium materials and products. The new line supports Ecovative’s rapid expansion internationally as both a producer and supplier to other mycelium companies.

The Lambert plant will continue producing spawn to serve its list of existing clients, including mushroom growers and producers of mycelium materials. It will also produce proprietary blends of substrate used to grow mycelium materials. These materials support Ecovative’s Forager and Mushroom Packaging divisions, as well as My Forest Foods and My Bacon, alongside a growing list of licensee companies.

Forager will use the substrate to supply natural mycelium materials for the fashion and apparel industries such as leather-like hides and high performance foams, and Mushroom Packaging will use the substrate to produce composite materials used to replace plastic foam packaging.

A fresh harvest ready to be processed into a leather hide alternative. © Ecovative

“Ecovative is committed to providing the world’s best mycelium technologies,” says Eben Bayer, Ecovative’s CEO and co-founder. “We’re working closely with Lambert and the facility’s incredible team of industry professionals to continue providing existing clients with the same quality products they know and love. This acquisition also positions our company to ensure the highest quality of feedstock for a wide range of new mycelium materials, providing the capacity to supply our growing global network of customers and licensees as they continue to expand over the coming years.”

“We are proud of the state-of-the-art facility we built in Venlo, and the team we gathered to operate it,” says Scott McIntyre, executive vice president and co-owner of Lambert Spawn. “Since collaborating with Ecovative, it has become clear that they are the ideal team with the right expertise of stewarding the facility and caring for its customers, while also creating exciting new opportunities as Lambert continues to focus on serving and growing our North American markets. The Lambert name was built on quality and innovation, and we are glad that Ecovative will bring this same commitment to Lambert Spawn Europa, for everyone’s continued success.”

The Netherlands plant currently employs 17 people and is capable of producing approximately 20 million pounds of spawn and substrate per year, with the capacity to grow significantly in the near future.

Ecovative already operates the largest production plant for mycelium materials in the world,at its base of operations in Green Island, New York.

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