Watch a video episode of "Behind the Greens," with Paul Mastronardi, President of Mastronardi Produce speaking about the company's newest greenhouse in Coldwater, Michigan!
New Facility Construction
The new facility was completed in December 2011 and the company started producing tomatoes there in March. Mastronardi will begin building phase 2 of the greenhouse in 2013. For the first time, the facility will be providing flavorful, non-GMO tomatoes in the middle of Winter in the Midwest.
With the technology that the company has implemented at the
Coldwater greenhouse, every harvest cart is equipped with a RFID tag
which enables the computer to track every case that is harvested and put
a PTI trace label on each case. This will tell where it is harvested in
the greenhouse, which row and from which picker.
Currently, the company is growing tomatoes on the vine, grape tomatoes,
and specialty tomatoes in the greenhouse facility. Mastronardi uses
IPM, integrated pest management, which helps the grower eliminate the
need for pesticides. All packaging is environmentally friendly and
either has recyclable content or is biodegradable. As with all Sunset
products, the items are chosen for maximum flavor and the facility has
special varieties as well for flavor to be grown under grow lights.