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SUNSET® Wins Gateway to Innovation Award at Viva Fresh Expo for You Make Me™ Pasta Kits

Kingsville, ON (April 9, 2018) SUNSET® continues to be a leader in innovation, winning the first annual Gateway to Innovation Awards for its You Make Me™ line of four pasta kits at the Viva Fresh show this past weekend. The pasta kits won Most Innovative Value-Added Solution.

The You Make Me pasta kits launched by SUNSET in 2017 were designed to provide busy consumers with a healthy and fast meal solution using fresh produce. Each pasta kit contains fresh SUNSET tomatoes, perfectly portioned pasta, a spice packet, and some come with gourmet infused oil. You Make Me is available in four different flavors, Classic Italian (“You Make Me Fresh”), Spicy Arrabbiata (“You Make Me Hot”), Creamy Parmesan (“You Make Me Blush”) and Cold Pasta Salad (“You Make Me Chill”). Each kit serves dinner for two or makes four sides, and can be prepared in 15 minutes or less.

According to Viva Fresh, a team of judges, which included retail, foodservice, and produce industry veterans, reviewed and judged the entries based on a set of strict criteria. Each finalist was displayed at the Viva Fresh Expo for attendees to view.

“We’re thrilled to receive the first annual Gateway to Innovation Award for our You Make Me pasta kits,” shared CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Our goal is to always lead our industry in innovation and I’m pleased to add You Make Me to our roster of award winning items.”

SUNSET was one of eight honorees to receive the Innovation Award at the Viva Fresh Expo.

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to their Coldwater, Michigan Greenhouse

Kingsville, ON (April 4, 2018) Yesterday, Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® welcomed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue to their affiliate farm, Maroa Farms, a 52 acre greenhouse in Coldwater, Michigan. As part of his third “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, Secretary Perdue witnessed the company’s high tech operation firsthand with a tour of their state of the art greenhouse. Alongside Perdue and his wife Mary was a team of governmental officials, including US House of Representative Tim Walberg, USDA Rural Development Michigan Director Jason Allen, USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Joel Johnson, and Michigan Farm Bureau Representatives Jennifer Lewis and Brian AcMoody.

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to their Coldwater, Michigan Greenhouse

“We are honored to have Secretary Perdue at our Michigan facility,” said CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Being able to see our growing methods and technologies, our strict food safety policies, and more importantly, the socio-economic impact our company has in the agriculture sector is incredibly important to us. We are humbled to have such an influential leader include Mastronardi Produce in his tour.”

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to their Coldwater, Michigan Greenhouse

Concluding the greenhouse tour, Secretary Perdue joined Mastronardi Produce in a discussion to answer questions, hear ideas and provide insight into issues addressed by the agricultural community such as economic development, food security, and food safety.

“Being able to meet with Paul, an industry leader who launched the produce industry’s first 100% traceability program, was a wonderful opportunity for me and a great addition to our tour,” said Perdue. “I got to taste a lot of their tomatoes and peppers and they have great product.”

The tour is scheduled to run from April 3 – April 6 with stops in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.

SUNSET® Announces Aloha™ Pepper Now Available At Select Retailers

Eye-catching red and yellow striped pepper brings bold look and exciting flavor to the produce department.

Kingsville, ON (March 13, 2018) Just in time for the summer grilling season, SUNSET® announces its first 2018 shipment of their Aloha pepper from its Michigan greenhouse. As pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate, the Aloha pepper has beautiful red and yellow stripes and a sweet flavor unlike any other pepper on the market today.

“Our Aloha pepper brings a bold, fresh look to the produce department and an aromatic flavor that’s perfect for spring salads and summer grilling,” SUNSET CEO Paul Mastronardi explained. “We continuously seek out opportunities to bring unique and exciting flavors to the produce department to help our consumers make healthier, more enjoyable food choices. We’re excited about the Aloha pepper and we think everyone from foodies to parents of picky eaters will be, too.

A colorful and flavorful addition to any dish, the Aloha pepper’s red and yellow stripes combine to form an eye-catching and altogether different orange color. This SUNSET exclusive product is part of the company’s Chef-Inspired collection. It can be stuffed, sliced or chopped and is ideally suited for stir frying, grilling, as well as snacking. “Spring and summer are made for sweet, tropical flavors,” Paul Mastronardi said. “Not only does the Aloha pepper offer a taste of the tropics, it pairs beautifully with citrus flavors and robust spices so it’s incredibly versatile. This pepper will wow your guests with visually stunning flavor.”

With its beautiful color and delicious flavor, the Aloha pepper is excellent for any occasion, from backyard BBQs to grad parties. It’s a fun veggie for kids to dip and it makes a stunning addition to your favorite pepper recipes.

The Aloha pepper is available now at supermarkets throughout Canada and the United States.

Mastronardi Produce Limited Named One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the Ninth Consecutive Year

Kingsville, ON (March 8, 2018) Mastronardi Produce was once again recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. The 2018 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

Now in its 25th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business award programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.

“Receiving this honor for the ninth consecutive year is a testament to the drive and determination of all our employees,” CEO Paul Mastronardi explained. “Thanks to our passionate and innovative team, we introduced some of our most creative products in our history. I’m grateful for their contributions and proud to share this recognition with them. In 2017, Mastronardi Produce launched several new, innovative products including the Sweet Bites® pail, the Sunset Flavor Bowl™ and the You Make Me™ line of pasta kits that contain a perfect portion of pasta for two (or a side dish for four) a spice packet, and fresh tomatoes that enable consumers to prepare a home cooked meal in 15 minutes or less.

“Well-run companies are important to the economic health of our country. These companies serve as role models to help make all Canadian businesses better,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

2018 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award will be honored at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 11, 2018. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders. The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX Group and MacKay CEO Forums.

SUNSET® Serves Up Convenience with New YOU MAKE ME™ Pasta Kit Line

Kingsville, ON (December 4, 2017) Designed to give busy supermarket shoppers a fresh alternative to take out and home delivery meal kits, SUNSET® announced the launch of its “You Make Me™” line of four pasta kits. These convenient meal kits contain everything you need to cook a flavorful, gourmet pasta dish at home: fresh tomatoes, perfectly portioned pasta, spice packets and infused olive oil. The recipes were developed by SUNSET® Culinary Director and celebrity chef Roger Mooking.

“At SUNSET®, we identify with busy consumers who don’t always have time to prepare home-cooked meals from scratch using our fresh produce,” SUNSET® CEO Paul Mastronardi stated. “Ready in minutes with fresh tomatoes included, our “You Make Me™” pasta kits deliver “grab and go” convenience without sacrificing flavor or compromising on nutrition.” These innovative meal kits, with eye-catching graphics, are available in four different flavors and feature a unique pasta in every kit: Classic Italian (“You Make Me Fresh”), Spicy Arrabbiata (“You Make Me Hot”), Creamy Parmesan (“You Make Me Blush”) and Cold Pasta Salad (“You Make Me Chill”). Each kit serves dinner for two or makes four sides, and can be cooked in 15 minutes or less.

The “You Make Me” line is the evolution of the Minzano® pasta kit that SUNSET® tested earlier this year in select supermarkets. “We launched the Minzano® kit in March and it exceeded our expectations,” Mastronardi continued. “We then went straight to work on optimizing an assortment of recipes to provide consumers with a line of fresh and convenient meal choices that would meet their needs.”

SUNSET® Culinary Director Roger Mooking shared Mastronardi’s excitement for the innovative new line. “If you don’t have time to make it from scratch, grab a “You Make Me” Pasta Kit,” Mooking said. “We picked all the ingredients so you can prepare a tasty meal in less time than it takes to order in!”

The “You Make Me™” line is now available in the produce departments of supermarkets nationwide.

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