"GREEK FOOD IS THE NEXT BIG THING IN FOOD RETAILING, GREEK YOGURT IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG."
Extra Virgin Foods is a manufacturer and importer of Greek foods, and was founded in 2011 by Paul Hatziiliades, but our roots stretch back two generations when Paul’s grandfather was marketing Olympic brand Greek foods in Greece following WWII. Paul wanted to offer the wholesome and real flavor found in the bounty of Greek foods to the USA consumer. Yet the challenge is Greek food companies are nearly all small mom and pop producers, who are not able to export to the US. Thus Americans don’t have access to Greek food products like they do Italian and other foods. Extra Virgin foods works with smaller quality producers, to bring their products to the US. In 2014 the company acquired its artisan cheese producer in northern Greece and now produces its own PDO Feta cheese, with the same family of cheesemakers managing the production.
"WE DEAL DIRECTLY WITH THE SOURCE, AND SOMETIMES WE BECOME THE SOURCE! WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE FULL TIME PRESENCE IN GREECE, AND OUR BUYERS ARE USUALLY IN THE FIELDS RATHER THAN IN AN OFFICE. "
Greece is a treasure trove for the natural and organic food lover. In recent years medical study after medical study has hailed the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, natural cheese, fresh extra virgin olive oil, fish, limited red meat, and plenty of organic wine.
“ WE DON’T BELIEVE FOOD SHOULD BE A CHEMISTRY LESSON, OUR INGREDIENT LISTS ARE SHORT, SIMPLE, AND WHOLESOME. ”