May 15, 2017Sunset Chairman Don Mastronardi receives CPMA award
Sunset Produce Chairman Don Mastronardi was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) conference.
“This year, I’m honored to present the lifetime achievement award to an individual who has been considered a true innovator in Ontario,” said Ron Lemaire, president of CPMA, said in a news release. “Don Mastronardi is known for his hard work, dedication, competitiveness, and vision to build an industry within Ontario and across North America.”
According to the release, Don Mastronardi has been an active member of the produce industry his entire life. At a young age, Don took over the family business. As a Canadian working the American market, Don learned about importing and exporting fresh produce and led Canadian businesses to do the same. These skills, combined with his incredible passion for customer service, helped establish Sunset as a leader in the industry.
As a true innovator, Don introduced products like Campari, the world’s first branded tomato, to the North American market, the release said. Since then, Sunset has developed countless award-winning brands, and continues to lead and innovate in the produce category.
“I’m truly honored,” Don Mastronardi said. “This award is incredibly humbling and I’m thankful to everyone who has been a part of this journey.”