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SUNSET® Partnership About to Rock the BerryWorld®

 

Kingsville, Ontario, Canada and Broxbourne, England (September 6, 2018) BerryWorld®, a leading berry business involved in all aspects of the supply chain, and Mastronardi Produce Limited, North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, have created a partnership that will “WOW™” the North American berry market. The joint venture is a significant and exciting development, as both companies share an uncompromising commitment to providing innovative, market-leading products that start with best-in-class varietal development to deliver exceptional flavor.

“Following a successful track record of growth including expansion across Europe, into Africa, Asia and Australia, North America presented the next logical and attractive step in our strategy to grow the berry world. We have taken the time to carefully consider our approach in North America and are confident that Mastronardi Produce, who pioneered high tech berry growing in 2005, will be a great partner. This joint venture will combine our wealth of berry knowledge and our extensive portfolio of berry varieties with Mastronardi Produce’s recognized reputation for growing expertise, excellent customer service, their appetite and ability for scale, and their state of the art logistics platform,” said Adrian Olins, BerryWorld’s CCO.

Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO of Mastronardi Produce adds, “We see significant opportunity for expansion in the category. Our track record of game-changing innovation, technological advancements, and fresh produce marketing expertise, combined with BerryWorld’s varieties, category management, and global berry expertise, will make us a unique alternative for the North American berry market. We believe the berries we are bringing to the category will change consumer expectations of how a berry should taste.”

The new berries are expected to launch in North America soon and will debut at the PMA Fresh Summit this year.

About BerryWorld®

The BerryWorld® Group are market leading berry experts, covering all aspects of the soft fruit supply chain, selling the internationally recognized BerryWorld® and Beekers Berries® brands as well as offering premium product to leading own label retailers. Established in 1994, the business prides itself on long-standing grower relationships, proprietary breeding and an exclusive varietal offer as well as expertise in marketing berries and prepared fruit around the world.

To learn more about BerryWorld® visit berryworld.com

 

Mastronardi Produce Expands with Sixth USA Greenhouse

Kingsville, Ontario and Wapakoneta, Ohio (July 6, 2018) North America’s leading grower and distributor of specialty and commodity greenhouse produce announced that it has expanded with its sixth greenhouse in the USA, a 20-acre state-of-the-art facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. The farm will operate as The Ohio Greenhouse Company, and uses the latest innovative technology to provide fresh, local produce to the area year-round.

The Ohio Greenhouse Company will focus on offering flavorful, non-GMO produce under the SUNSET® brand, and will be locally available at top retailers for Ohio and surrounding states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia.

“This new location perfectly complements our vision and plan for providing fresh, local produce to our retailers and consumers,” said Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO and fourth generation family member to lead the Mastronardi Produce organization. “Growing our local footprint and delivering on our long-standing ‘fresh from the farm’ commitment to our customers is something we are incredibly passionate about. We will be growing Ohio’s best red and flavorful tomatoes in the middle of the winter!”

In total, Mastronardi Produce grows and delivers fresh, locally grown flavorful produce to retailers from more than 4,000 productive acres of growing capacity. The new location offers the company the ability to triple the site’s greenhouse acreage in the future.

SUNSET® Continues to Wow, Winning an Innovation Award at the United Fresh Tradeshow

Kingsville, ON (June 27, 2018) SUNSET® continues to be a leader in produce innovation, winning an Innovation Award at the United Fresh Tradeshow in Chicago.

Up against eight finalists in the category, the Aloha™ pepper brought home the award for Best New Vegetable Product. All Innovation Award finalists were displayed at the Innovation Showcases at the United Fresh Tradeshow and voted on by attendees over the course of the two-day show.

“It is always an honor to receive an award that is voted on by our peers and the retail partners who inspire and challenge us to bring new ideas and new flavors to market,” shared CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Winning this award gives us confidence that we are delivering on-trend, innovative ideas that meet the needs of consumers.”

Part of their Chef Inspired collection, the Aloha pepper is a unique striped pepper that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palette. Its sweet flavor and beautiful stripes of red and orange are unlike any other pepper on the market today.

“At SUNSET, we’re on a mission to help our retail partners continue to grow their businesses by delivering consistently excellent flavor to their consumers,” continues Mastronardi. “We will continue to wow our retailers and consumers with exciting, innovative products, revolutionary package design and most importantly, unbeatable flavor that encourages people to eat more produce and live healthier lives.”

SUNSET was one of seven honorees to receive an Innovation Award at the United Fresh Tradeshow.

 

SUNSET® Takes Home Seven Awards at the 11th Annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition

Kingsville, ON (June 18, 2018) SUNSET® earned seven awards at the 11th annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition, making it the most awarded contestant of the two-day competition.

Along with winning the Overall Best Tomato and Overall Best Pepper, SUNSET took top honors in five other categories, including: Cluster Tomato, Cocktail Tomato, Bite-Size Tomato, Specialty Bell Pepper and Specialty Hot Pepper. In addition, SUNSET dominated the Bite-Size Tomato category, placing in all three spots with Flavor Bombs® ranking first.

“We are honored to receive numerous awards for our premium produce at this year’s Greenhouse Competition,” said CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Winning all three spots in the Bite-Size category, along with winning Best Overall Tomato and Best Overall Pepper is a true testament to the strength of the SUNSET brand and its commitment to innovation and flavor.”

Products are entered in to a double-blind taste test which are first judged by a panel of experts, including representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs, chefs, and produce managers. All entries are then judged by the public, who cast over 1000 votes this year.

“What I love most about this competition is that products are judged purely on their flavor. Flavor is our top priority at SUNSET so receiving the most awards at this year’s competition is a great compliment to our hardworking team,” said CEO Paul Mastronardi.

The annual greenhouse competition is hosted by R.E.A.C.H. International, a locally funded charitable organization, with proceeds going toward the funding of schools and clinics in Uganda.

Roger Mooking Serves Up 21 New Flavorful SUNSET® Recipes

 

Kingsville, ON (May 16, 2018) SUNSET® is pleased to introduce 21 new flavorful recipes developed by Celebrity Chef Roger Mooking. This totals nearly 100 unique recipes that Mooking has created showcasing fresh SUNSET produce since his partnership with the company in 2015.

Chef Mooking, who was announced as SUNSET’s Culinary Director last year, took his recipe development in a different direction for his latest recipes. He’s focused on simple, yet delicious dishes that home cooks with limited time and/or kitchen experience can prepare in minutes.

“We created a series of easy to prepare recipes using SUNSET branded produce that literally anyone can master at home, even kids,” explained Mooking. “We wanted to show consumers that cooking with fresh produce is an easy way to add flavor and nutrition to your plate.” Among the 21 new recipes, consumers can find inspiration (or meals) ranging from Sweet Bell Pepper Scrambled Eggs to Roasted Whole Turkey with Minzano® Tomato Bread Stuffing as well as kid-friendly snacks for healthy eating on-the-go. Nearly all the recipes can be completed in 30 minutes or less and use ingredients that can be found at any supermarket or independent grocer.

“We believe consumers are going to love our newest recipes and have fun recreating these dishes at home,” shared CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Our aim is to not only educate consumers on the importance of healthy eating but to also provide creative, flavorful meals that incorporate fresh SUNSET produce and are easy to prepare for home chefs of all skill levels.”

The 21 new recipes, along with all of the dishes Chef Mooking has created for SUNSET are available online at https://www.sunsetgrown.com/rogermooking/

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