When Paul Mastronardi, executive vice president of Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario, accepted an award recognizing the greenhouse grower as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, he acknowledged a history of hard work by employees.

“This prestigious award speaks volumes to the history of our company and the direction we are heading in for the future,” he said in a news release. “While being a family owned company that is employee-managed does have its challenges, we are all very passionate and strive to improve our company on a daily basis.”

The March 8 awards banquet in Toronto recognized Mastronardi and other companies for a number of business practices, from brand management to use of technology and establishing leadership, according to the release.

The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, also made the list, for the ninth year in a row.

Mastronardi ships greenhouse-grown vegetables under the Sunset brand, including Campari cocktail tomatoes and Splendido grape tomatoes.

Mastronardi Produce accepts ‘Best Managed Company’ award

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Mastrondardi Produce Ltd. representatives attend the March 8 awards banquet recognizing Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Representatives included Chris Veillon, (from left), director of marketing; Tony Woodrow, director of logistics; Melanie Mastronardi, wife of executive vice president Paul Mastronardi; Paul Mastronardi; Marne Safrance, executive secretary and treasurer; Kevin Safrance, chief operating officer; Susie Gay, executive assistant; Vince Filangeri, director of sales; Joe Darden, vice president of food safety; and Frank Mastronardi, chief financial officer.