Produce companies make Canada’s Best Managed Companies list

Oppy, Mastronardi Produce, Red Sun Farms, and Fresh Direct Produce have been included in the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies list.

Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes excellence in private Canadian-owned companies and elevates the entrepreneurial spirit, determination, and innovation of the private business community.

“The 2022 Best Managed winners exemplify innovation, adaptability, and resilience in the face of uncertainty,” said Lorrie King, partner, Deloitte Private, and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “Over the past year, these forward-forging companies have pivoted to successfully respond to challenges and capitalize on new opportunities, leveraging industry-leading competencies to maximize their investments and drive sustainable growth.”

Oppy: Oppy has been chosen again as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies. It has been selected for 21 consecutive years and has been named to the program’s prestigious Platinum Club 15 times.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for so many years,” said John Anderson, chairman, CEO, and managing partner. “It’s especially meaningful this time around. We have persevered through extreme challenges in the last 12 months and, like the rest of the industry, are bravely navigating our share of headwinds between supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, weather events, inflation, and more. It’s a credit to the amazing team at Oppy.”

Mastronardi Produce: Mastronardi Produce has also been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the 13th year in a row.

“We dedicate this achievement to our employees who truly drive our success as a company,” said Paul Mastronardi, president, and CEO of Mastronardi Produce. “It is the passion of our people nationwide that secures our place as a global leader in greenhouse vegetable growing. We are honored to receive this award, and I’m excited to see what’s next for Flavor Nation.”

Red Sun Farms: – Red Sun Farms is proud to announce that it has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the 10th consecutive year. “This recognition is a reflection of our core values and dedication as an organization. The Red Sun family has stayed true to our values & commitments in all aspects of our operations," says Carlos Visconti, CEO of USA and Canada Operations for Red Sun Farms.  

Fresh Direct Produce Ltd.: Fresh Direct Produce and its partner companies Mike & Mike’s Organics, Islands West Manufacturers, and Emperor Specialty Foods, are honored to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies over the past decade.

“We are excited to receive our 11th consecutive Best Managed Companies Award. I am very proud of how our team navigated through some very challenging times this past year. I want to thank our team members, customers, vendors, and business partners for coming together to ensure a stable supply of nutritious and delicious fresh produce for Canadians despite major supply chain disruptions and pandemic restrictions. I also want to welcome our new private equity partner, PNC Riverarch Capital, who is supporting our continued growth and expansion,” says president and CEO Davis Yung.


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