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SUNSET® Marks Sweet Win at CPMA

Organic Angel Sweet

(Kingsville, ON April 2, 2019) SUNSET® Organic Angel Sweet® has won the Best Organic Product Award at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Tradeshow in Montreal, Canada.

Showcased in SUNSET’s new backyard-compostable packaging, Organic Angel Sweet® was one of 53 products to compete in the New Product Showcase, which was judged by a panel of industry leaders.

“There has been tremendous customer and retailer response since we launched Organic Angel Sweet in 2018, and we’re honored to receive this recognition from our peers,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO, and the fourth-generation family member to lead Mastronardi Produce.

Greenhouse-grown and born from the world’s sweetest grape tomatoes, Organic Angel Sweet delivers the same exceptional flavor that consumers expect of SUNSET snacking tomatoes. And like all SUNSET products, they are Non-GMO Project Verified.

“SUNSET continues to be the leading driver of growth in the snacking category, and this new offering generates excitement within the growing organic segment,” says Nicole Balderas, Vice President, Marketing.

This award follows in the footsteps of the product’s conventional counterpart, which has received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Superior Taste Award from the International Taste and Quality Institute.

Mastronardi First in Fresh to Join Sustainable Packaging Coalition®

SUNSET sets sights on industry-wide change

(Kingsville, ON, April 1, 2019) Mastronardi Produce continues to lead in sustainability innovation— this time as the first fresh produce company to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC).

The SPC is a collection of leading companies and thought leaders who believe in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable.

“We recognize the importance of this issue, and as a leader in the category, we felt it was important to contribute to addressing this issue on a broad scale,” said Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO of Mastronardi Produce, and the fourth-generation family member to lead the organization. “By joining forces with coalition members and continuing to develop earth-friendly solutions, we hope to inspire change among our retailer partners, consumers, and even more broadly.”

Organic Angel Sweet pint

“We recognize consumers are concerned about their impact on the planet,” said Nicole Balderas, Vice President, Marketing, for Mastronardi Produce.  “We also know that this is a multi-faceted issue, so our goal is to provide a range of packaging solutions to empower consumers and retailers to address it.”

Balderas points out the rising concern over single-use plastic as an example saying, “We know consumers want alternatives to single-use plastic, and we are committed to offering alternatives, so they can make choices they feel good about.”

Mastronardi will showcase its latest sustainable packaging options, including SUNSET® options that are made from renewable sources and are 100% backyard compostable, at this year’s Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Convention & Tradeshow in Montreal, Quebec.

The SPC is a trademark project of GreenBlue Org. Greenblue is a Charlottesville, VA-based environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society.

Mastronardi Produce and John Paul DeJoria Announce Partnership to Revolutionize Fresh Food Availability

(Kingsville, ON, and Austin, TX, March 12, 2019)  Mastronardi Produce, the leading greenhouse company in North America, announced today that it has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavorful produce more widely accessible. The partnership will focus on developing Advanced High-Density Farming Systems to grow local fresh food in underserved markets around the globe. Advanced High-Density Farming Systems are individual collections of existing and developing high-tech growing innovations and equipment. Each customized system will include cutting-edge growing facilities, revolutionary automation, water-saving irrigation, energy efficient lighting, and state-of-the-art systems for monitoring growing conditions.

“We believe everyone should have healthy and fresh produce options. John Paul shares our commitment, and we saw the potential to work together on this global high-tech farming initiative, which will focus on growing healthy food where it’s needed most,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO, and the fourth-generation family member leading Mastronardi Produce.

“Partnering with Mastronardi Produce was an easy choice,” said DeJoria. “I want to help revolutionize this industry so more people have access to fresh produce, and finally found the opportunity in partnering with Paul, who is a trailblazing force in the category. He pioneered high-tech berry growing, branded the first tomato, and led the way in plastic reduction—it is apparent that we share a passion for disruptive innovation.”

John Paul DeJoria is the visionary behind Patrón® Spirits, the original ultra-premium tequila that was acquired by Bacardi Limited in 2018. DeJoria is also the Co-Founder & Chairman of John Paul Mitchell Systems®, the global luxury hair care brand, as well as ROK Group of Companies, which offers a diverse portfolio of products that improve the lifestyle of mankind around the world. Its latest launch, ROKiT, provides state-of-the-art mobile handsets and wireless connectivity to consumers at an unbeatable valueMastronardi Produce, which operates under the Sunset® brand, first developed commercial greenhouses in North America and launched leading produce brands, including Campari® and Angel Sweet®. Both parties share a passion for creating environmentally sustainable and socially accountable businesses.

Mastronardi Produce Recognized for a Decade of Business Excellence

(Kingsville, ON, March 7, 2019) Mastronardi Produce is again being honored as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2019, retaining their prestigious Platinum Club status among Canada’s business elite. This marks the 10th year Mastronardi Produce has received this esteemed designation.

“Winning this award for the 10th year in a row is a great honor and illustrates the depth of our team’s commitment to providing the very best fresh, flavorful produce,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO of Mastronardi Produce, and the fourth-generation family member to lead the organization. “I am so proud to lead such a hard-working group of individuals who feel as passionately as I do about our collective mission: inspiring healthy living through WOW flavor experiences.”

“This year’s Best Managed winners are a testament to the success found when businesses invest in talent, innovate intentionally, and think long-term,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “These companies should be proud of this achievement, and their responsibility in acting as role models for other Canadian businesses.”

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business award programs, recognizing best-in-class Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million.

New Holiday Crop Lights Up the Season

Happy Freshtivus™!

(Kingsville, Ontario, December 10, 2018) Happy Freshtivus™! The first winter crop of flavorful, red-and-yellow-striped ALOHA™ peppers has arrived to brighten holiday sales, Sunset® announced today.

“We’re all about celebrating fresh flavor year-round, and ALOHA’s bold color adds the perfect flair to seasonal displays,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO, and the fourth-generation family member to lead Mastronardi Produce. “Let the Freshtivities begin!”

Award-winning ALOHA peppers are available in 12X2-count and 11-pound bulk cases. For more information, contact sales@sunsetgrown.com.

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