Premier’s Award honors Mastronardi innovation

11/19/2013 12:23:00 PM
Rachel English

Courtesy Mastronardi ProduceY.E.L.O. cocktail tomatoes are one of Mastronardi's tomato varieties released under the Sunset brand.Mastronardi Produce, Kingsville, Ontario, won the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, according to a company news release.

The award, given by Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food, honors companies within the agri-food sector positively affecting the economy through innovative business practices.

Chief executive officer Paul Mastronardi explores the world in search of flavorful tomato varieties. Upon returning to the company, the tomatoes are tested on many levels including flavor profiles, yield, healthy plant growing and consistency, the release said.

 Through these methods, many tomato varieties have entered the market under the Sunset label, including Zima grape tomatoes, Y.E.L.O. cocktail tomatoes, and Campari cocktail tomatoes.



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