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SUNSET® Wins Prestigious International Flavor Awards

Kingsville, ON (June 7, 2017) SUNSET® is the proud recipient of two prestigious flavor awards from The International Taste and Quality Institute in Belgium. This is the 8th consecutive year the greenhouse company has been recognized for outstanding flavor.

Taking top honors this year was SUNSET’s newest product, Aloha™ peppers, a unique striped sweet bell pepper with eye-catching color that will no doubt create excitement in the category.

“Aloha™ peppers are our newest signature offering,” shared CEO Paul Mastronardi. “They have an attractive striped appearance and super sweet flavor – ideal for any gourmet dish.”

Judges also awarded SUNSET® Minzano® tomatoes for their classic, aromatic flavor. Minzano® tomatoes are available in a variety of pack formats, including the new SUNSET® Minzano® Pasta Kit, a convenient meal solution to make an authentic pasta dish in just 15 minutes. They have a balanced flavor and hearty texture, making them the perfect saucing tomato.

“We congratulate Mastronardi Produce on this extraordinary achievement,” commented Christian De Bauw, Managing Partner at ITQI the International Taste and Quality Institute. “It is clear their products are of superior quality and we applaud the greenhouse company on growing such incredible and unique flavors.”





SUNSET® Surpasses $200K in MS Society Donations

Kingsville, ON (June 5, 2017) This year SUNSET® raised over $20,000 for the MS Society of Canada which allowed the company to hit a milestone of over $200,000 in lifetime donations for this worthy cause.

This is the 13th year SUNSET® has been a supporter of the MS Society. The company hosts various internal fund raisers as well as participates in the annual MS Walk in Leamington, Ontario, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the charity which supports Canadians living with MS as well as research for a cure.

“We’ve been supporting MS for many years, and each year it seems to get better and better,” shared Maria Rubino, MS team leader at SUNSET®. “Employees at SUNSET® always rally together for the community and I’m so proud to be a part of this cause.”

“I’m very proud of all our employees who participate and come together for the community,” shared President Paul Mastronardi. “This is a great cause and I’d like to thank everyone at SUNSET® who takes part each year.”


SUNSET Chairman Don Mastronardi Honored with CPMA Lifetime Achievement

Kingsville, ON (May 14, 2017) SUNSET® Chairman Don Mastronardi was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 CPMA conference.

“This year, I’m honored to present the lifetime achievement award to an individual who has been considered a true innovator in Ontario,” shared Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA. “Don Mastronardi is known for his hard work, dedication, competitiveness, and vision to build an industry within Ontario and across North America.”

SUNSET® President Paul Mastronardi accepting the award on behalf of his father, Don Mastronardi

Don Mastronardi has been an active member of the produce industry his entire life. At a young age, Don took over the family business. As a Canadian working the American market, Don learned about importing and exporting fresh produce and led Canadian businesses to do the same. These skills, combined with his incredible passion for customer service, helped establish SUNSET® as a leader in the industry.

As a true innovator, Don introduced products like Campari®, the world’s first branded tomato, to the North American market. Since then, SUNSET® has developed countless award-winning brands, and continues to lead and innovate in the produce category.

“I’m truly honored,” shared Don Mastronardi. “This award is incredibly humbling and I’m thankful to everyone who has been a part of this journey.”

SUNSET® Named Best Managed 8 Years Strong

Kingsville, ON (March 9, 2017) Mastronardi Produce is proud to announce their 8th consecutive year of being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.MPL-2017-Sunset-BM-final

Canada’s Best Managed companies are recognized for their sustained growth, financial performance, management practices, and the efforts of the entire organization. Mastronardi Produce is thrilled to have maintained Platinum member status as one of Canada’s Best.

“Companies that earn Platinum Club status exemplify exceptional vision and leadership and a sustained commitment to growth and innovation,” said Jon Hountalas, Executive Vice President, Business and Corporate Banking, CIBC. “CIBC is proud to recognize these and all of the 2017 Canada’s Best Managed Companies winners as leaders in their industries,” Mr. Hountalas added.

Mastronardi Produce is renowned for their unique and flavorful SUNSET® brand produce, innovative packaging, and sustainable business practices.

“Eight years as one of Canada’s Best Managed is a true honor,” shared President Paul Mastronardi. “This award is for our entire Mastronardi team, in all locations. You are dedicated and passionate about this business, and it is because of you that we are where we are now. Congratulations!”


SUNSET® Takes Gold, Silver at PAC Expo

Kingsville, ON (March 1, 2017) SUNSET® continues to lead packaging innovation winning two awards for their new organic line and Minzano® pasta kit, respectively.

Taking home gold was the SUNSET® Minzano® Pasta Kit for its creative and attractive design. The unique product features a dual chamber bowl, one side containing Minzano® tomatoes, the other containing pasta, as well as an expertly mixed spice pack. Consumers have everything they need to create a fast, fresh meal for two in just 15 minutes.PAC-award

SUNSET Organics® packaging won silver for its distinctive paper-touch packaging, which is preprinted and 100% recyclable.

“We’re thrilled to have been recognized for our unique and original packaging designs,” shared Paul Mastronardi, President. “This is a huge achievement for our team as our goal is to always lead innovation in the industry.”


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