Sunset brand You Make Me pasta kits won the Most Innovative Value-Added Solution category at the Viva Fresh Expo’s inaugural Gateway to Innovation Awards.
The pasta kits, launched by Mastronardi Produce, Kingsville, Ontario, in 2107, come in four options and contain fresh tomatoes, pasta and spices. The flavors are Classic Italian (You Make Me Fresh), Spice Arrabbiata (You Make Me Hot), Creamy Parmesan (You Make Me Blush), and Cold Pasta Salad (You Make Me Chill).
The judging panel included retailers, produce industry members, and foodservice operators, according to a news release.
Sunset was one of eight companies receiving the award during Viva Fresh, April 5-7 in San Antonio.
“Our goal is to always lead our industry in innovation and I’m pleased to add You Make Me to our roster of award-winning items,” CEO Paul Mastronardi said in the release.