Product Guru Supplier Focus | Into the world of GAIA GREEK and a plate from the Mediterranean
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Our latest 'Supplier Focus' blog looks at Akis, at GAIA GREEK,
who told us more about his business in a recent interview.
Tell us a bit about your company and its background.
“Gaia Greek” is a family run company that produces, packs and markets traditional and innovative, conventional and organic Greek pasta. We are located in the beautiful countryside of Corinth in the Peloponnese, Greece. The main ingredients we use are goat milk from local free-range herds, and fresh eggs from local controlled feed units. Since 2012 we have created a new line, the Mediterranean Pasta, using fresh vegetable pulp, herbs, supplements, legume flour and spices, that is, what characterises the Mediterranean eating culture. We are proud of our quality pasta with their excellent taste.
For the production of our premium pasta we cooperate with mid-sized production workshops, with over 30 years of experience and all the required certifications. Our production capacity is 1500kg/day.
How many people work for the business?
There are around 20 people, including family members plus some freelance experts like export and marketing consultants.
Who does it sell to?
We target delicatessen and specialty food stores for our branded products, organic stores for our organic line and we also sell under our private label for a large supermarket chain. We also deliver to delicatessen in Aegean islands (Syros, Tinos, Skopelos). Currently we receive a lot of interest from chefs and companies in France, Germany, Poland and the UK!
Is there a specific product you are particularly proud of and why?
It's the rigatoni with oregano, tuna, and garlic. We have achieved an excellent balance of flavors. Boil in salted water for only 5 minutes and strain. Eating it makes you feel like traveling in the Mediterranean Sea, to the Aegean islands.
What do you most enjoy about running your business?
I enjoy experimenting and constantly developing new flavors, together with our standard traditional pasta.
We invite cooks to try them and suggest recipes. We participate in exhibitions where we cook and receive feedback from the public, always very positive! This makes me really happy!
What are your ambitions for your company?
I want the “Gaia Greek” brand to become synonymous with quality and taste. I want people abroad to know and appreciate our excellent pasta with the Mediterranean flavors!
What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?
I like to stroll in nature. Observe, smell and taste everything around me. That's how I find my balance.
I am lucky I live in the countryside! Nature with its generous goods is the source of inspiration for everything new we create with our pasta.
What do you think of the Product Guru platform? What encouraged you to use us?
Product Guru is a very useful tool that makes it easy for buyers to find reliable producers. A common place to look for collaborations. It was recommended to me by our experienced Export Consultant!
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