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Mastronardi Produce® Named Canada’s Best 6th Consecutive Year

CanadasBestKingsville, ON (March 9, 2015) 60 years of family, fun and flavor definitely shows for Mastronardi Produce®.  For the sixth consecutive year, the greenhouse company is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best.

The prestigious award, presented by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and Mackay CEO Forums, is based on sustained growth, financial performance, management practices, and the efforts of the entire organization.

“Today’s market place is not just about financial performance; it is also about investment in the people. Mastronardi Produce® invests in their team to build up a strong and stable company,“ said Peter Brown, National Co-Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program and Senior Practice Partner, Deloitte. “Best Managed companies are home grown companies making smart investments to achieve above average returns.”

For the past 60 years, Mastronardi Produce® has been dedicated to bringing fresh and healthy flavor to families across the world. Most recently, the greenhouse company has traveled coast to coast on their SUNSET® Flavor Tour, educating consumers on greenhouse growing and healthy living. In addition, they have stepped up to sponsor the Leamington SUNSET® Tomato Festival, a local tradition in the community.

“We’re thrilled to be named one of Canada’s Best for the sixth consecutive year,” said fourth generation CEO Paul Mastronardi. “My grandfather always said that a meal is only as good as what you put in it, and that’s how we look at our business. Our ongoing success is made possible by every one of our hardworking employees, including those at our facilities in other countries, and I would like to thank them all.”

Mastronardi Produce® has become renowned for producing flavorful greenhouse tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. This year, they’re celebrating 20 years of their most famous product, the Campari® brand cocktail tomato, the world’s first branded tomato.

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.

 

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SUNSET® Harvests First Canadian Peppers of 2015

Kingsville, ON (March 2, 2015) It may not feel like Spring outside, but that’s not stopping SUNSET®; their fresh, greenhouse grown peppers are the first Canadian crop available in stores this year.

SUNSET® sweet bell peppers are grown at their greenhouse facility EnviroFresh Farms in Ontario. EnviroFresh is the company’s first carbon negative greenhouse, which uses waste heat and carbon from a neighboring facility and redirects it into the greenhouse. By doing so, the company uses up to 90% less fuel than a traditional greenhouse. The energy savings is equal to taking 6,500 cars off the road each year.

SUNSET’s Michigan grown peppers aren’t far behind, with their first harvest expected for early spring. The company recently completed construction of their newest greenhouse Pepperco USA, which is the first large scale pepper greenhouse in the US. “We’re very excited for the first harvest of our Michigan grown peppers,” stated CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Since introducing Michigan tomatoes in 2012, we’ve had an incredibly positive response, so we’re anticipating a lot of enthusiasm for our Michigan grown peppers.” SUNSET-PEPPERS.001

Both pepper greenhouses are located within just a few hours of distribution centers, making fresh delivery quick and efficient. Most often, SUNSET® is able to harvest, pack and ship product within the same day, ensuring customers get the freshest produce possible.

As for consumers? Pepper consumption is on the rise. “We’re actively engaging with our flavor followers, and we’ve found that more and more people are looking to incorporate peppers into their meals,” said Communications Coordinator Daniela Ferro. “Some of our most popular recipes on sunsetgrown.com, like our colorful pepper stir fry, showcase different ways to enjoy our peppers in a variety of dishes for an easy and flavorful boost of Vitamin C.”

Flavor lovers can look for SUNSET® sweet peppers at all major retailers. For recipe inspiration, visit sunsetgrown.com/recipes