Mastronardi Produce, which markets under the Sunset brand, has been named Best Home Grown Business of 2014 by the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce, Ontario.
The honor recognizes research and development, innovative marketing and food safety.
“We’re very honored to have been chosen as Leamington’s best agricultural business, especially in an area full of experienced growers,” chief executive officer Paul Mastronardi said in a news release.
This year the company sponsored the traditional Leamington Tomato Festival, succeeding Heinz which had recently closed its plant there. Mastronardi Produce is also participating in the Leamington Christmas parade scheduled for Nov. 29.
“This year was an important one for the community and Sunset truly stepped up to the plate to become the official sponsor of the Leamington Tomato Festival,” Wendy Parsons, the chamber’s general manager, said in the release. “Whether it’s healthy snacks at local schools or supporting the (Multiple Sclerosis) Society, Sunset is always involved.”