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Two leading Canadian greenhouse growers were among Canada's Best Managed Companies, a national awards program recognizing Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways.cbmc

JemD Farms, based in Leamington, ON, and Mastronardi Produce, based in Kingsville, ON, announced Feb. 26 that they had achieved the prestigious national award that is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen's School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.

JemD Farms is the first Canadian/Mexican-owned greenhouse company in North America to be able to offer consumers a full 12 months of quality produce, according to a company press release. Its strategy of vertical integration allows it to implement full traceability systems and has made the firm a leader within the Produce Traceability Initiative.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen to be a part of such a wonderful group of award winners and to be receiving this prestigious award," Jim DiMenna, president of JemD Farms, said in the press release. "Our company goal of constant evolution and continual growth is very important to our team, and having this award bestowed upon our company is truly an honor."

"Today's marketplace is not just about the investment in the product or service, it is also about the investment in the people," John Hughes, partner of the Private Company Services group at Deloitte, a national sponsor of the Best Managed program, said in the press release. "JemD Farms invests in their team to build up a strong and sustainable company. Canada's Best Managed Companies carries this attribute and we are pleased to say JemD Farms is one of this year's recipients."

Mastronardi Produce has long been known as an industry leader in the growing and marketing gourmet greenhouse produce under its "Sunset" brand of products. This is the fourth consecutive year that Mastronardi has achieved this designation.

"My family has been focused on growing quality, flavorful produce for almost 60 years and it is with great pleasure that we accept this award again, this year elevating us to the Gold Standard level," Paul Mastronardi, president of Mastronardi Produce, said in a company press release. "We have a passionate team that contributes to our success, and I am grateful and thank everyone for keeping up the hard work that brings us this prestigious award."

"We believe that there are three vital building blocks to sustainable growth: strategy, capability, and commitment," Mr. Hughes of Deloitte said in the press release. "Mastronardi Produce has demonstrated it is a model of success in all three areas and is duly recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed."

2012 winners of the Canada's Best Managed Companies award will be honored at the annual Best Managed gala April 16 in Toronto. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today's business leaders.