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SUNSET® Wins the Packaging Innovation Award at CPMA for You Make Me™ Pasta Kits

Kingsville, ON (April 25, 2018) SUNSET® has earned another  award for its You Make Me™ line of four pasta kits, this time winning the Packaging Innovation Award at the CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, Canada. This is the second innovation award that SUNSET has received this month.

According to CPMA, the pasta kits were awarded for ‘taking packaging to the next level’. You Make Me was among 48 products displayed at the show’s New Product Showcase for attendees to view. The entries were judged by a panel of industry leaders.

The You Make Me pasta kits launched by SUNSET in 2017 were designed to provide busy consumers with a healthy and fast meal solution using fresh produce. Each pasta kit contains fresh SUNSET tomatoes, perfectly portioned pasta, a spice packet, and some come with gourmet infused oil. You Make Me is available in four different flavors, Classic Italian (“You Make Me Fresh”), Spicy Arrabbiata (“You Make Me Hot”), Creamy Parmesan (“You Make Me Blush”) and Cold Pasta Salad (“You Make Me Chill”). Each kit serves dinner for two or makes four sides, and can be prepared in 15 minutes or less.

“It is extremely gratifying to earn the approval of our peers here in Canada at the CPMA Convention and Trade Show for our You Make Me pasta kits,” shared CEO Paul Mastronardi. “We were honored to receive the Gateway to Innovation Award at the Viva Fresh Expo in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month for this exciting product and I look forward to seeing more positive responses in the future.”

SUNSET® Wins Gateway to Innovation Award at Viva Fresh Expo for You Make Me™ Pasta Kits

Kingsville, ON (April 9, 2018) SUNSET® continues to be a leader in innovation, winning the first annual Gateway to Innovation Awards for its You Make Me™ line of four pasta kits at the Viva Fresh show this past weekend. The pasta kits won Most Innovative Value-Added Solution.

The You Make Me pasta kits launched by SUNSET in 2017 were designed to provide busy consumers with a healthy and fast meal solution using fresh produce. Each pasta kit contains fresh SUNSET tomatoes, perfectly portioned pasta, a spice packet, and some come with gourmet infused oil. You Make Me is available in four different flavors, Classic Italian (“You Make Me Fresh”), Spicy Arrabbiata (“You Make Me Hot”), Creamy Parmesan (“You Make Me Blush”) and Cold Pasta Salad (“You Make Me Chill”). Each kit serves dinner for two or makes four sides, and can be prepared in 15 minutes or less.

According to Viva Fresh, a team of judges, which included retail, foodservice, and produce industry veterans, reviewed and judged the entries based on a set of strict criteria. Each finalist was displayed at the Viva Fresh Expo for attendees to view.

“We’re thrilled to receive the first annual Gateway to Innovation Award for our You Make Me pasta kits,” shared CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Our goal is to always lead our industry in innovation and I’m pleased to add You Make Me to our roster of award winning items.”

SUNSET was one of eight honorees to receive the Innovation Award at the Viva Fresh Expo.

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to their Coldwater, Michigan Greenhouse

Kingsville, ON (April 4, 2018) Yesterday, Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® welcomed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue to their affiliate farm, Maroa Farms, a 52 acre greenhouse in Coldwater, Michigan. As part of his third “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, Secretary Perdue witnessed the company’s high tech operation firsthand with a tour of their state of the art greenhouse. Alongside Perdue and his wife Mary was a team of governmental officials, including US House of Representative Tim Walberg, USDA Rural Development Michigan Director Jason Allen, USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Joel Johnson, and Michigan Farm Bureau Representatives Jennifer Lewis and Brian AcMoody.

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to their Coldwater, Michigan Greenhouse

“We are honored to have Secretary Perdue at our Michigan facility,” said CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Being able to see our growing methods and technologies, our strict food safety policies, and more importantly, the socio-economic impact our company has in the agriculture sector is incredibly important to us. We are humbled to have such an influential leader include Mastronardi Produce in his tour.”

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to their Coldwater, Michigan Greenhouse

Concluding the greenhouse tour, Secretary Perdue joined Mastronardi Produce in a discussion to answer questions, hear ideas and provide insight into issues addressed by the agricultural community such as economic development, food security, and food safety.

“Being able to meet with Paul, an industry leader who launched the produce industry’s first 100% traceability program, was a wonderful opportunity for me and a great addition to our tour,” said Perdue. “I got to taste a lot of their tomatoes and peppers and they have great product.”

The tour is scheduled to run from April 3 – April 6 with stops in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.