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Mastronardi Produce® Wins International Superior Taste Award… Three Times Over

Kingsville, ON (May 7, 2014) – Mastronardi Produce® has been honored with the Superior Taste Award from the International Taste and Quality Institute in Belgium for not one, not two, but three different products this year.

SUNSET® ONE SWEET® tomato, Sweet Twister™ peppers and new Y.E.L.O.™ brand cocktail tomatoes have all been given top honors from the prestigious International Taste and Quality Institute, which is based in Brussels, Belgium.

Submitted products are judged on a variety of factors including looks, smell, texture and taste. All three SUNSET® products exceled in every category, proving their quality and flavor is second to none.

“We’re extremely proud that three of our products have been honored with the International Superior Taste Award,” stated CEO Paul Mastronardi. “It’s an incredible achievement to have our products recognized worldwide by chefs, sommeliers and consumers alike. Our brand is built on flavor and quality and this award is certainly a testament to our mission.”

ITQI is the leading independent organization dedicated to testing and promoting superior tasting food and drink from around the world.  The “Superior Taste Award” is the only stamp of quality in taste granted by the area’s opinion leaders, who happen to be Michelin-starred Chefs and Sommeliers. The ITQI jury is composed of 13 different nationalities and members of the most prestigious culinary institutions throughout Europe.

Several hundred food and drink brands from over 80 different companies participate in the ITQI Awards each year. In fact, in 2010 SUNSET’s Kumato® tomato was the first fresh produce item to be accepted into the contest, going on to win the prestigious award. Since then, a variety of SUNSET® products have been awarded for their taste including Zima® and Angel Sweet® snacking tomatoes.


“We warmly congratulate Mastronardi Produce® on their achievement,” commented Steve Gibas, Operations Manager of ITQI. “The company and team should be particularly proud to market products that are so valued for their superior taste.”


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