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Mastronardi takes top honors at Hottest Tomato Competition

Gourmet greenhouse grower Mastronardi Produce has once again taken top honors at the annual Hottest Tomato Competition. The company's "Sunset" Mini Kumato tomato was chosen as the People's Choice Award for Tomatoes for 2013.

Mini-KumatoMastronardi Produce's 'Sunset' Mini KumatoThe "Sunset" Mini Kumato is the bite-sized grape version of the "Sunset" Kumato Simply Unique Brown Tomato, which also won the Hottest Tomato Award for Best Cocktail Tomato.

"The People's Choice Award is the most important," Paul Mastronardi, president of Mastronardi Produce, said in a press release. "It truly is the consumer voting, and when you please that majority, you know you have the right flavor for the market. It was also rewarding winning the People's Choice Award for Peppers with our Sweet Twister. These are the two categories where flavor counts."

Over the course of two days, visitors to the competitions were able to sample dozens of different types of greenhouse produce and vote for their favorites.

In addition to the People's Choice Award for the "Sunset" Mini Kumato tomato, Mastronardi Produce also received the following awards as a part of the competition:

  • Best Cocktail Tomato: "Sunset" Kumato Simply Unique Brown Tomato.
  • Best Cluster/TOV: "Sunset" Loomato Heirloom Tomato.
  • People's Choice Award: "Sunset" Sweet Twister Pepper.
  • Best Orange Pepper: "Sunset" Orange Bell Pepper.

In addition to receiving these top awards, Mastronardi Produce also received top honors recently from the International Taste & Quality Institute for its "Sunset" Angel Sweet tomato and One Sweet peppers for their exceptional taste and overall flavor.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Mastronardi has been recognized by the institute for its gourmet tomatoes.