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August 31, 2009
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Environment Minister tours Mastronardi Produce
While touring southwestern Ontario last
week, Environment Minister Jim Prentice made a pit stop at the largest
greenhouse marketer in North America to thank the company for its green
initiatives.

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Aug. 31, 2009, Kingsville, Ont. — While touring southwestern Ontario last
week, Environment Minister Jim Prentice made a pit stop at the largest
greenhouse marketer in North America to thank the company for its green
initiatives.

“It’s the kind of leadership Mastronardi Produce has shown in terms of
the environment that I wanted to come here and see first-hand,” said Prentice.
“I am blown away by what I have seen here today. You are the largest, most
innovative, most successful producers of vegetables in North America under
glass. It’s an extraordinary Canadian success story that Paul, your father, and
family should be very proud of.”

Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET® launched The Green Grass Project™ (www.thegreengrassproject.com) on Earth Day 2009 to highlight the key elements in the company’s business
process that are environmentally friendly. Split into three phases of Growing,
Packaging, and Distribution, Mastronardi has identified 11 aspects of their
day-to-day operations that use recycled materials or are processes that
contribute to an eco-friendly environment.

“I know in this day when everyone is concerned about carbon emissions and
concerned about the environment, it’s something all Canadians share to have the
kind of leadership that we have seen from the Mastronardi family both in
respect to this greenhouse and your other facilities,” said Prentice. “We all
take pride in what we do and who we work with, but I say to all of you folks
who are here today, you deserve to be very very proud of what all you are doing
and accomplishing and its certainly something I am going to speak about everywhere
I go in our country, so congratulations.”

Paul Mastronardi thanked the Minister for his interest in the company’s initiatives
and encouraged him to develop government-funded programs to help others invest
in creating a more sustainable environment in their own businesses.

A video on the visit has been posted on YouTube.

To learn more about The Green Grass Project™ and Mastronardi’s extensive
offering of gourmet greenhouse vegetables, visit the company’s new website at www.sunsetproduce.com.


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