Mastronardi Produce has been selected as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the fifth consecutive year. This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.
“We would like to congratulate Mastronardi Produce and its entire workforce. Achieving Canada’s highest level of Canadian business excellence takes a united effort and we are privileged to acknowledge such a strong team,” said John Hughes, national leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and managing partner of growth enterprises at Deloitte.
Sixty years ago, Mastronardi Produce began as the Canadian pioneer of the greenhouse industry. Today, the company is led by fourth-generation President Paul Mastronardi, who searches the world for new innovations and unique flavor, just like his grandfather did. In 1995, Mastronardi Produce introduced the Campari brand cocktail tomato, the first tomato to be recognized by name. Since then, the company has launched a number of successful tomato brands, including the Kumato, Sunset’s Simply Unique Brown Tomato, Angel Sweet Miraculously Sweet Tomatoes and, most recently, the Yelo brand cocktail tomato, with flavor as bright as its colour, according to the company.
“It is a huge accomplishment to be named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for five consecutive years,” said Paul Mastronardi. “I am extremely proud and would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to each and every employee who made this possible, including those at our operations in other countries.”
Since first being named as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2009, Mastronardi Produce has continued growing exponentially. In addition to quality and flavor, Mastronardi is known for its sustainable business practices, from growing to packaging to distribution, as outlined in its Green Grass Project. The company’s commitment to sustainability extends to all of its operations, including its greenhouse Envirofresh Farms, located in Sombra, Ontario, which is the first carbon-negative greenhouse in North America.
“My family has been passionate about growing flavorful produce for over 60 years,” said Mastronardi. “It is an honor to continue to do what we love and to be recognized for it in such an extraordinary way.”