Against daunting competition, 11 Greek companies were honored at the Great Taste Awards, the United Kingdom’s most important contest for showcasing food products. While the Greek businesses weren’t as well-known as some of others, they impressed the judges with their quality and use of raw materials and competence.
With limited staffs, they have nonetheless built significant exports from limited productivity abilities and operations. All the Greek winners were either family-owned or had only from 30 to 50 companies.
The cheese dairy Arvanitis, located in Neohorouda village in Macedonia and operating for 32 years produces the feta cheese Arvanitis which was the only one to win 3 stars. Tsantilas cheese won 2 stars.
The biggest Greek company represented, Gea of Agrinio, established in 1995, won 3 stars for its extra virgin olive oil, a category in which Greek companies shined. The 32-year-old Fridrix Blauel of Kalamata, which produces goods from organic farming and has brought in $5 million in annual profits, was honored as well for its extra virgin oil olive, which is sent to Germany, Austria, China, the U.S. and many other countries.
Esti, the oldest of the Greek companies, and which produces and exports extra virgin olive oil as well as olives to many countries such as Australia, Brazil, and the U.S. won 1 Star. Sakelaropoulos olive groves located in the foothills of Taigetos and Parnonas mountains, near Sparta, in business for 14 years, won two awards and 2 Stars for its product.
Candia Soil, Cretan land, which cooperates with the best producers on the island, was noted for its Burgundy and Bordeaux wines. Melisourgion company, which produces high quality honey made of fir trees, pine trees and thyme, was awarded 3 Stars. The four-year-old company operates in Konistres in Evia and uses organic farming.
Simply Greek, a series of products consisting of six simple tomato sauces mixed with feta cheese, garlic, thyme, olives, and basil, showed well and its Tomato and Garlic sauce was awarded for its excellence. Odysea, a well-known company in London for 20 years, which sells oil, olives, cheese, and saffron products used by many famous chefs who introduced Greek foods in their menus, took honors for 10 of its goods, including a high-quality honey made from conifers that won 2 Stars.
Greek Deli, known around the world for a variety of Greek products such as yogurt, sweets, and olives, is one of the top choices for foodstuffs in Great Britain. Karpos company, which produces gourmet Mediterranean foods and is an on-line delicatessen also was honored.