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Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced June 1 that it has once again been honored with the Superior Taste Award for its fresh-cut Del Monte Gold extra sweet pineapple by the International Taste & Quality Institute.

The product’s sweet taste and fragrance ranked the highest on the sensory evaluation charts and was closely followed by the visual appeal of its golden flesh. Fresh-cut Del Monte Gold extra sweet pineapple last won this prestigious award (with two stars) in 2009.

Every year, the institute gathers a panel of 120 top professionals from 12 prestigious European culinary associations in order to test food and beverage products.

This year Del Monte’s Gold extra sweet pineapple was tested along with several hundred other products from companies, large and small, from around the world. The judging panel analyzed products on a blind basis, without packaging or identification, and evaluated the food based on an overall hedonic feeling, as well as criteria like look, smell, texture and flavor. The fresh-cut Del Monte Gold extra sweet pineapple was also evaluated on its individual merits.

“We are honored that our fresh-cut pineapple has once again been recognized with the Superior Taste Award by the International Taste and Quality Institute,” Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing for Coral Gables, FL-based Del Monte Fresh, said in a June 1 press release. “Fresh-cut Del Monte Gold extra sweet pineapple is loved by consumers worldwide for its exceptional taste and fragrance. It is always harvested at the peak of ripeness and expertly cut and packaged without any preservatives in Del Monte’s state-of-the-art facilities. This award confirms that consumers can always count on delicious, superior quality fruit every time they purchase Del Monte® branded fresh produce.”