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Produce companies top Canada’s Best Managed Companies list

Oppy, Mastronardi Produce, Red Sun Farms, Fresh Direct Produce and Crawford Packaging have been chosen as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies again.

Applicants for this prestigious award are analyzed by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors and guest judges. Evaluated by overall business performance, successful candidates also demonstrate leadership in areas of strategy; capabilities and innovation; culture and commitment and financials to achieve sustainable growth. Oppy has been chosen every year since it first applied in 2001, and has been a part of the program’s Platinum Club for 14 years.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the 20th time,” said chairman, CEO and managing partner John Anderson, the recent recipient of the 2021 CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award and 2021 BCPMA Lifetime Achievement Award. “Our terrific team, strategic vision for the future and ability to adapt have made it possible for us to sustain this honor.” 

This recognition follows Oppy’s 2021 distinctions including BC’s Top Employers, Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Mastronardi Produce
Mastronardi Produce is pleased to announce its recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for business excellence for the twelfth consecutive year, further instating it as a leading Canadian-based workplace.

“We have received this prestigious award because of our employees and the dedication they put forth every day,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO of Mastronardi Produce. “We have become a leader in greenhouse vegetable growing because each one of our team members across all our locations have worked so hard to pursue our collective mission of inspiring healthy living through WOW™ flavor experiences. It’s an honour to receive this award, and I’m excited to see what we’ll accomplish next.”

Over the last twelve years, the company has been honored with this esteemed designation, annually retaining their prestigious Platinum Club status among Canada’s business elite.

Red Sun Farms
This makes it the 8th consecutive year that Red Sun Farms has
received this recognition, giving the organization the prestigious Platinum Club Status.

According to Red Sun Farms CEO of USA and Canada Operations Carlos Visconti, “This recognition is a reflection of our core values and dedication as an organization. In a year full of uncertainty & challenges, the Red Sun family stayed true to our values &  commitments in all aspects of our operations. This recognition reaffirms our position as a leader in the produce industry.”

Fresh Direct Produce
Fresh Direct Produce Ltd. and its partner companies Mike & Mike’s Organics, Islands West Manufacturers and Emperor Specialty Foods have also been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies over the past decade.

“Our team is honored to receive its 10th consecutive Best Managed Companies Award. We are celebrating our 18th anniversary with exceptional growth and business development across Western and Central Canada. Our teams persevered during this pandemic in continuing to provide nutritious and healthy produce to millions of Canadians daily and increased our support to our communities where we serve. We continue to provide financial and in-kind donations to the Food Banks and various local community groups to support the most vulnerable population,” says Davis Yung, president and CEO.

Crawford Packaging
Crawford Packaging was recognized with the Best Managed Companies designation for it overall business performance. 

With rapid growth in the produce industry, the company has expanded warehousing facilities across North America to make the packaging supply chain more efficient for our clients. Reaching further, the company is building a Mexican operation to be a sustaining resource for local clients with Mexican sales representation, technical support and warehousing.

“It is very gratifying to be recognized for the years of hard work to grow the company into a leadership position in our market. We are very proud to be included in the elite list of companies that have attained this achievement.” said John Ashby, President of Crawford Packaging.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and TMX Group. Winners will be honored at a virtual gala that will address business issues key to the success of today’s leaders. Anderson will sit on the “Leading Canadian Business Forward Through Purpose” panel session.

For more information:
Kelsey Van Lissum
Tel: +1 (604) 461-6779  

Jaclyn Ducharme
Mastronardi Produce
Tel: +1 (519) 326-3218 

Jozef Hubburmin
Fresh Direct Produce 

Leona Neill
Red Sun Farms
Tel: +1 (519) 712-8493 

Nicole Jensen
Crawford Packaging
Tel: 1-800-265-4783

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