Kingsville, ON (Feb 16/2010) – With already an impressive list of awards & accomplishments under its belt for its gourmet greenhouse vegetables, it was announced Tuesday that Mastronardi Produce Ltd. was named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for 2009.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the announcement that we have been named one of Canada’s 50 best Managed Companies,” said Paul Mastronardi, President. “This prestigious award speaks volumes to the history of our company and the direction we are heading in for the future. 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. This award is a tremendous pat on the back to all our employees, and an acknowledgment of the great foundations my father, and his father built,” said Paul Mastronardi.
“We would like to congratulate Mastronardi Produce Ltd. 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, Partner, Private Company Services group with Deloitte, a national sponsor of the Best Managed Program.
Established in 1993, the Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies is a national awards program, recognizing Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applications are reviewed by an independent judging panel that evaluates how companies address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management, leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems, and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.
“It takes a company focused on values, a strong business plan, and most of all hard work, to succeed in today’s market place” said Calvin Younger, Senior Vice-President, CIBC Commercial Banking. “Companies winning this year’s Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies exemplify these traits.”
When Mastronardi was notified that they had been named one of the 50 best managed companies in the nation, the selection committee applauded Mastronardi for their innovation, strategic direction, corporate culture, and industry leading initiatives including The Green Grass Project™ which highlights the elements in the company’s business process that are environmentally friendly.
Mastronardi Produce began growing vegetables in Leamington, Ontario in the 1920's and was the pioneer of building commercial greenhouses in North America in the 1940’s. Over the course of the last 60+ years, Mastronardi has developed their nationally recognized SUNSET® brand of produce in to a household name with quality products like the Campari® cocktail, Splendido™ grape, One Sweet™cherry and Kumato™ brown tomatoes. Known for their extensive variety of gourmet greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, Mastronardi grows, markets, and ships produce to the top retailers across the nation.
For more information regarding the Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, please visit www.canadas50best.com