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Mastronardi Produce® Named One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Kingsville, ON (March 25, 2014) – Mastronardi Produce® is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the fifth consecutive year. This prestigious national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.

“We would like to congratulate Mastronardi Produce® and its entire workforce. Achieving Canada’s highest level of Canadian business excellence takes a united effort and we are privileged to acknowledge such a strong team,” said John Hughes, National Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and Managing Partner, Growth Enterprises, Deloitte.

60 years ago, Mastronardi Produce® began as the Canadian pioneer of the greenhouse industry. Today, the company is led by fourth generation president Paul Mastronardi, who searches the world for new innovations and unique flavor, just like his grandfather did. In 1995, Mastronardi Produce® introduced the Campari® brand cocktail tomato, the first tomato to be recognized by name. Since then, the company has launched a number of successful tomato brands including the Kumato®, SUNSET®’s Simply Unique Brown Tomato®, Angel Sweet® Miraculously Sweet Tomatoes®, and most recently, the Y.E.L.O.™ brand cocktail tomato, with flavor as bright as its colour.

“It is a huge accomplishment to be named one of Canada’s Best Managed companies for five consecutive years,” stated CEO Paul Mastronardi. “I am extremely proud and would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to each and every employee who made this possible, including those at our operations in other countries.”

Since first being named as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2009, Mastronardi Produce® has continued growing exponentially. In addition to quality and flavor, Mastronardi is known for their sustainable business practices from growing to packaging to distribution, as outlined in their The Green Grass Project®. Their commitment to sustainability extends to all of their operations, including their greenhouse Envirofresh Farms, located in Sombra, Ontario, which is the first carbon negative greenhouse in North America.CanadasBest2014

“My family has been passionate about growing flavorful produce for over 60 years,” said Mastronardi. “It is an honour to continue to do what we love and to be recognized for it in such an extraordinary way.”

Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies. Every year, numerous companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process to evaluate their business practices, management skills, and innovation.

Kumato® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.

SUNSET® Gets Flavor Seekers Through the Long Winter

Kingsville, ON (March 2, 2014) – Polar vortexes? No problem. No matter how cold this winter has been, Mastronardi Produce®/SUNSET® keeps the flavor coming with their gourmet Michigan grown tomatoes.

SUNSET® grows fresh tomatoes-on-the-vine and grape tomatoes 365 days a year at their facility in Coldwater, Michigan. This state of the art, high tech greenhouse has been operating since 2012 and uses grow lights to grow fresh tomatoes year round, even when there’s snow on the ground.

“The ability to grow fresh tomatoes in the middle of winter is something we are very proud of,” stated CEO Paul Mastronardi. “The location of Coldwater means we can pick, pack and ship the freshest possible tomatoes in the same day. This means we continue to deliver the highest flavor possible while also reducing food miles.”MPL-TOV-2014

Coldwater’s Phase II expansion began this winter, with completion expected for Summer 2014. The expansion will increase energy efficiency, create more local jobs, and of course, enable SUNSET® to introduce even more great products for local year-round production.

“We’ve received such incredible feedback from our Midwest customers who are thrilled to have flavorful local tomatoes during the winter, so we’re very excited for the opportunity to introduce more local year round products,” continued Mastronardi.

Look for SUNSET® Michigan grown tomatoes at your favorite retailer and enjoy the flavor of summer!