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Mastronardi scores hat trick in taste awards

The company saw off competition from food and drink brands to scoop top prize for three of its products

Mastronardi scores hat trick in taste awards

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Mastronardi Produce has been awarded the Superior Taste Award from the International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) in Belgium for three of its products this year.

The company’s Sunset One Sweet tomato, Sweet Twister peppers and new YELO brand cocktail tomatoes scooped the top prize from the Brussels-based organisation, which judges submitted products on a variety of factors including looks, smell, texture and taste.

“We’re extremely proud that three of our products have been honoured with this award,” said Mastronardi’s CEO Paul Mastronardi. “It’s an incredible achievement to have our products recognised worldwide by chefs, sommeliers and consumers alike. Our brand is built on flavour and quality and this award is certainly a testament to our mission.”

The iTQi is an independent organisation dedicated to testing and promoting superior tasting food and drink from around the world. Its jury is composed of 13 different nationalities and members of some of the most prestigious culinary institutions in Europe.

Several hundred food and drink brands from over 80 different companies participate in the iTQi Awards each year. Sunset’s Kumato tomato was the first fresh produce item to win the prestigious award. Since then, a variety of Sunset products have been awarded for their taste including the company’s Zima and Angel Sweet snacking tomatoes.

“We warmly congratulate Mastronardi Produce on their achievement,” commented Steve Gibas, operations manager of iTQi. “The company and team should be particularly proud to market products that are so valued for their superior taste.”



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