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Mastronardi & DeJoria Launch GIVE Partnership in Middle East

Kingsville, ON (August 19, 2019) – Mastronardi Produce Ltd.®, North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and visionary John Paul DeJoria have selected the Middle East as the first market in which to develop the world’s largest and most technologically advanced indoor farming project.

The newly formed company, Green International Ventures LLC (GIVE), will make locally grown fresh produce more widely available around the globe via its proprietary Advanced High-Density Farming System. This will be the first project for the groundbreaking GIVE venture, and it will reduce the Middle East’s dependence on imported food, create a sustainable source of local employment, and significantly increase the region’s non-petroleum-based exports.

“As pioneers in the greenhouse industry, we are passionate about increasing access to local, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO, and the fourth-generation family member to lead Mastronardi Produce. “Our first location in the Middle East will allow us to reach over half the world’s population in less than 8 hours, and this is just the start. Look for more global locations as we continue to scale to meet the growing need for food security, safety, and sustainability.”

GIVE will also support the integration of modern AgTech initiatives into the local farming community and expand knowledge of sustainable agricultural techniques by establishing a permanent Research and Development facility in the region.

“It has long been my passion to help feed the world’s population,” says John Paul DeJoria. “The introduction of this revolutionary model in the Middle East is the first step of many towards increasing global access to sustainably grown fruits and vegetables.”

All GIVE projects use innovative Advanced High-Density Farming Systems that incorporate a multitude of cutting-edge growing systems, such as water-saving irrigation and energy-efficient lighting, and they take advantage of advanced automation and robotic devices, AI processes for predictive analysis, and real-time crop and soil monitoring.

Produce grown in these innovative AgTech systems will be marketed under the SUNSET® brand. Known for award-winning flavor, innovation, and packaging, SUNSET’s many exclusive labels include Campari®, the world’s first branded tomato, and the uniquely colorful Aloha™ pepper.

SUNSET of Holland® will be the first distributor for the GIVE partnership.

SUNSET® Debuts New Micro-Snacking Line Just in Time for Back to School

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(Kingsville, ON, August 12, 2019) SUNSET® is helping kids gear up for the year with its new line of lunchbox-worthy snacking vegetables: Sprinkles™ Tiny Mighty Tomatoes™ and Qukes™ Tiny Mighty Cucumbers™. With Millennials leading the way in vegetable consumption, SUNSET’s new bite-sized offerings sit in a sweet spot of increasing consumer demand.

Sprinkles™ are a unique micro-grape tomato that explode with sweet flavor. These multi-colored beauties are sold in a unique tomato-inspired package that is sure to delight both kids and adults. Qukes™, the new smaller-than-mini cucumbers, pack refreshing flavor and a surprising crunch.

“Sprinkles™ & Qukes™ combine premium produce with convenience and are designed to meet growing consumer and retailer demand for exciting vegetable snacking solutions,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO, and the fourth-generation family member to lead Mastronardi Produce.

SUNSET believes the “cute-factor” will drive impulse purchases, while their quality, flavor, and on-trend positioning will support sustained growth. And while the kid-appeal is strong with both Sprinkles™ and Qukes™, the company recognizes that kids won’t be the only ones snacking on these delicious new items. The Sprinkles package was designed to hold the perfect amount of tomatoes for a salad and is available to retailers with a custom clip-strip to hang in the salad section, helping to cue this incremental usage opportunity.

“Demand for these products has been tremendous,” says Mastronardi. “Our first crop of Sprinkles is fully sold out and we have more acreage planned in order to meet the requests of our customers.”

Sprinkles are available in a 3.5-ounce package, and Qukes come in two sizes: a 1lb. family-size clam and a 12-ounce topseal tray. For more information, contact sales@sunsetgrown.com.