Kingsville, ON (Monday, June 20, 2022) – Mastronardi Produce® is celebrating big wins at two recent competitions, both of which award recipients for exceptional flavor and quality.
This past week, SUNSET® took top honors at its local Leamington Greenhouse Competition, with the most awards of any competitor, including Best Overall Strawberry for its SUNSET® WOW® pearberry™. SUNSET® also earned the most Chef’s Choice Awards, a new category for the competition in which Greenhouse Competition Chef Henry Furtado hand-selected the products that inspired him the most out of 136 submissions. Submitted as part of the new Specialty Berry category for 2022, BerryWorld® Raspberries were crowned the victor for their succulently sweet Diamond Jubilee raspberry.
Earlier this month, Mastronardi and its partner BerryWorld® received an incredible seven awards from the International Taste Institute for SUNSET® and WOW® Berries brands at the 2022 Superior Taste Awards in Brussels, Belgium. The winning products include SUNSET LolliPeppers™ seedless mini peppers, Angel Sweet® tomatoes, Golden Angel Sweet® tomatoes, and Kumato® tomatoes, as well as angelberry™ raspberries, moonberry™ blackberries, and pearberry™ strawberries from the WOW® Berries line.
“Both of these awards represent significant victories for Mastronardi Produce and are a tribute to our unwavering efforts to place flavor first across all our brands,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO of Mastronardi Produce. “It is a tremendous honor and extremely validating to be recognized for the investment we make in taste and quality by culinary experts both within our local community and worldwide. Mastronardi Produce employees can be proud that we are delivering on our mission to inspire healthy living through WOW flavor experiences.”
The annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition is hosted by R.E.A.C.H. International, a locally funded charitable organization. Entries are judged through a blind taste test by a panel of experts, including representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs, chefs, and produce managers.
The Superior Taste Awards are evaluated by a jury of over 200 world-class Chefs and Sommeliers and recognize the quality and taste of international food and drink producers. Awarded products are deemed “well made, balanced and delicious” after undergoing a rigorous blind sensory evaluation of five criteria: first impression, vision, olfaction, taste, and texture. SUNSET products were evaluated among thousands of other food and beverage products.
About Mastronardi Produce Ltd.®
A pioneer and industry leader in the gourmet greenhouse industry, Mastronardi Produce grows and markets nationally recognized products under the SUNSET® brand, including Campari®, Flavor Bombs®, and Angel Sweet® tomatoes. Mastronardi Produce has been family-owned for over 70 years and prides itself on producing consistently flavorful gourmet tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and berries.
Mastronardi Company Contact:
Audra Macintyre, Communications Specialist