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SUNSET® Continues to Wow, Winning an Innovation Award at the United Fresh Tradeshow

(Chicago, IL, June 27, 2018) SUNSET® continues to be a leader in produce innovation, winning an Innovation Award at the United Fresh Tradeshow in Chicago.

Up against eight finalists in the category, the Aloha™ pepper brought home the award for Best New Vegetable Product. All Innovation Award finalists were displayed at the Innovation Showcases at the United Fresh Tradeshow and voted on by attendees over the course of the two-day show.

“It is always an honor to receive an award that is voted on by our peers and the retail partners who inspire and challenge us to bring new ideas and new flavors to market,” shared CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Winning this award gives us confidence that we are delivering on-trend, innovative ideas that meet the needs of consumers.”

Part of their Chef Inspired collection, the Aloha pepper is a unique striped pepper that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palette. Its sweet flavor and beautiful stripes of red and orange are unlike any other pepper on the market today.

“At SUNSET, we’re on a mission to help our retail partners continue to grow their businesses by delivering consistently excellent flavor to their consumers,” continues Mastronardi. “We will continue to wow our retailers and consumers with exciting, innovative products, revolutionary package design and most importantly, unbeatable flavor that encourages people to eat more produce and live healthier lives.”

SUNSET was one of seven honorees to receive an Innovation Award at the United Fresh Tradeshow.


SUNSET® Takes Home Seven Awards at the 11th Annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition

Kingsville, ON (June 18, 2018) SUNSET® earned seven awards at the 11th annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition, making it the most awarded contestant of the two-day competition.

Along with winning the Overall Best Tomato and Overall Best Pepper, SUNSET took top honors in five other categories, including: Cluster Tomato, Cocktail Tomato, Bite-Size Tomato, Specialty Bell Pepper and Specialty Hot Pepper. In addition, SUNSET dominated the Bite-Size Tomato category, placing in all three spots with Flavor Bombs® ranking first.

“We are honored to receive numerous awards for our premium produce at this year’s Greenhouse Competition,” said CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Winning all three spots in the Bite-Size category, along with winning Best Overall Tomato and Best Overall Pepper is a true testament to the strength of the SUNSET brand and its commitment to innovation and flavor.”

Products are entered in to a double-blind taste test which are first judged by a panel of experts, including representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs, chefs, and produce managers. All entries are then judged by the public, who cast over 1000 votes this year.

“What I love most about this competition is that products are judged purely on their flavor. Flavor is our top priority at SUNSET so receiving the most awards at this year’s competition is a great compliment to our hardworking team,” said CEO Paul Mastronardi.

The annual greenhouse competition is hosted by R.E.A.C.H. International, a locally funded charitable organization, with proceeds going toward the funding of schools and clinics in Uganda.