Milla Mastronardi (from left), Melanie Mastronardi, project coordinator-community, and Jen Wheatley, communications manager, display Mastronardi Produce’s nine awards from the 2019 Leamington Fair competition. ( Courtesy Mastronardi Produce )

Mastronardi Produce’s Sunset brand swept the cocktail tomato category and racked up top honors in nine categories at the 12th annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition.

The Kingsville, Ontario-based Sunset brand received recognition for:

  • Best Overall Strawberry (Dreamberry, from the Wow berry line)
  • Best Cocktail Cucumber (Qukes)
  • People’s Choice/Kids’ Choice Cucumber (Cloud Cukes)
  • Kids’ Choice Pepper/Best Specialty Bell Pepper (Aloha)
  • Orange Bell Pepper (Sunset orange bell pepper)
  • Best Cocktail Tomato (Campari)
  • Best Specialty Long Pepper (Sweet Twister)

“This competition is focused on flavor, which is the driving force behind everything we do,” Paul Mastronardi, president and CEO, said in a news release. “We’re proud to support and be recognized by our local community.”

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, according to the release. All entries are also voted on by the public. 

R.E.A.C.H. International, a local charitable organization, hosts the annual greenhouse competition, and proceeds support the development of schools and clinics in Uganda.

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