Papadimitriou vinegar


In 1939, Christos Papadimitriou, aged 29, settles in Kalamata. He sets up a small production facility and becomes active in the commercial trade and export of local Kalamata products, including dried figs, Kalamata olives and olive oil. During the 1950s, with a substantial amount of experience behind him, Christos Papadimitriou manages to establish a position in the demanding and difficult market of Great Britain with a new local product: Corinthian currants. Relocation, expansion of production facilities and new equipment were crucial to the success of this new venture. Currants gradually became the focus of business operations, and the expertise he gained in this product allowed him to expand into new markets, such as the Netherlands and Germany. (At the time, Christos Papadimitriou was undoubtedly an important ambassador for the promotion of Greek products abroad).
In the 1970s, Christos’ son, Costas Papadimitriou, returns to Kalamata after completing his studies at the famous school of oenology in Bordeaux. He joined the company and took its development even further, establishing the company’s position abroad as one of the most important export businesses in the market for currants. Specifically, he managed to secure the export of currants in the consumer ready packaging necessary to meet the exacting demands of the major British supermarket chains. Up to that time this form of packaging was exclusively done in Great Britain. In the 1990s Costas Papadimitriou combines his entrepreneurial talent and his studies to identify currants as the ideal raw ingredient for a new product: Papadimitriou Kalamata Balsamic Vinegar, which is now so well known to all of us. Based on a traditional local recipe for the sweet vinegar known as "Glikadi", it takes only the natural sugars and the dark color of the currants needed to produce the first Greek balsamic vinegar! It is a completely natural balsamic vinegar, made with no caramel and no preservatives. Today Costas Papadimitriou is the President of the company and the company exports its products in more or less 28 countries.

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