Pure Flavor Cloud 9 tomato receives international taste award
While consumers continue to look for more healthy snacks in the fresh produce aisle, greenhouse vegetable grower Pure Flavor is launching its new Cloud 9 Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes to help meet the growing demand for consistently flavorful options. After extensive product trials and consumer taste testing, many are heralding the new tomato variety as an everyday snack game changer.
“We taste hundreds of tomatoes every year searching for something special — unique colors, shapes, sizes, but most importantly flavor. From the first taste of the Cloud 9 variety, we knew we had found it," said Jamie Moracci, president. With fruit-like flavor, the new Cloud 9 Tomatoes are going to redefine what snacking tomatoes should taste like as an everyday item, not just as color in a salad. “We have created the Cloud 9 Standard for quality and look forward to consumers enjoying this premium and hand-selected bite-sized tomato every day,” said Moracci.
Strategically grown in high-tech greenhouses in Canada, the United States and Mexico, Cloud 9 Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes are available year-round. With a distinct color, unique shape, and a fruit-like flavor profile, Pure Flavor has conducted extensive product trials in key growing regions to create the appropriate growing formula to consistently produce an exceptional snacking tomato.
“From the first bite, you know this will be memorable: it’s a fresh snacking experience that comes from an unwavering commitment to quality," said Matt Mastronardi, executive vice president. Available in a variety of formats, Pure Flavor’s award-winning Cloud 9 Tomato is available starting Feb. 1 to be shipped throughout North America. “We hand-select a limited quantity of the most vibrant tomatoes so you can enjoy bold, balanced flavor that sweetens any snack or homecooked meal,” said Mastronardi.
Pure Flavor recently received the prestigious Superior Taste Award Certification from the International Taste Institute (Brussels, Belgium) for the Cloud 9 Tomato. The reviewing Jury, consisting of more than 200 renowned European chefs and sommeliers from over 20 countries, critically tested and analyzed the Cloud 9 Tomato and highlighted these characteristics to award the product the Superior Taste designation:
- Very clear, ripe tomato flavor with a marked sweetness; the taste lingers for a long time on your palate
- These tomatoes have an original shape, and the size makes them ideal as a snack or for use in the kitchen
- An intense red color with a soft texture and sweet taste; nice and juicy – good balance between sweetness and acidity
- The product is very versatile; can be used in numerous different recipes and types of cuisines, suitable as a snack, in pasta, salads, stews, with various proteins (beef, poultry, fish), or even a Gazpacho
“It’s a strict process where all products are blind tasted; this means that the samples are anonymized, we do not see the packaging and do not know the brand name nor the producers’ name — we don’t even know from which country the product comes from. This forces us to be completely objective as we do the sensory analysis. Only truly good products are certified," said Stijn Roelandt – Sous-Chef at Hof van Cleve, 3 Michelin stars and member of the Jury, International Taste Institute.
The launch of a sweeter snacking tomato comes at a time when consumers are looking to enjoy a wider variety of healthy foods to eat at home. Cloud 9 offers consumers a healthy new snack option that will “make life’s sweetest moments even sweeter” – figuratively and of course, quite literally.
“The award-winning Cloud 9 tomatoes burst with a fruity sweetness that enriches any dish or eating occasion, every recipe you create deserves to be a showstopper," said Chris Veillon, chief marketing officer.
In anticipation of the new product launch, Pure Flavor spent the last 16-plus months developing the Cloud 9 brand to ensure that consumers could go beyond the package to enjoy all aspects of the tomato.
“Our team has developed dozens of recipes, conducted in person tasting surveys before the pandemic and hundreds of digital preference surveys during the Love For Fresh campaign late last fall, to creating engaging web and social content in lifestyle situations — we needed to effectively communicate that Cloud 9 is not just another salad topper, it’s the sweetness you crave with the quality you deserve. We think it’s a tiny taste of heaven," said Veillon.
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