Kontos is focusing on growth in the Caribbean

Kontos is focusing on growth in the Caribbean

Growing demand for Greek and Mediterranean foods in the Caribbean has seen US firm Kontos Foods look to expand in the region.

The flatbread and Greek yoghurt manufacturer said it had launched a programme in conjunction with local distributors to grow its export business in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

"In all these markets we are seeing an increase in requests from nearly all retail store chains, and restaurants, for products such as flatbreads, fillo dough, spanakopita, baklava, and gyro meats," said Steve Kontos, vice president of Kontos Foods. "For our sales expansion effort, we are working closely with our distributors to better understand these changes in the market, develop relevant culinary ideas, and provide new marketing and point of sale material to support growth."

Warren Stoll, marketing and business development director for Kontos Foods, added a similar effort in Canada had resulted in an 85% jump in sales for its local distributor.

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Paterson, N.J. – Sept. 23, 2014 – Kontos Foods, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods, today announced that as part of its effort to grow its export business, it has increased expansion efforts in Bermuda, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, due to growing demand for Greek and Mediterranean foods. The expansion program – launched in conjunction with its local distributors – is targeted at both retail stores and food service establishments.

“In all these markets we are seeing an increase in requests from nearly all retail store chains, and restaurants, for products such as Flatbreads, Fillo Dough, Spanakopita, Baklava, and Gyro meats,” said Steve Kontos, Vice President of Kontos Foods. “For our sales expansion effort, we are working closely with our distributors to better understand these changes in the market, develop relevant culinary ideas, and provide new marketing and point of sale material to support growth.”

“Our distributors in Bermuda, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico have been very receptive to how we segment the Flatbread market – for instance, our ‘Better-for-You’, Ethnic, Hors D’oeuvres, and Pizza bread segments. We are excited to provide their sales teams with tactical support, new package designs, new floor display models, recipe ideas, as well as high-level strategic support and creative thinking,” said Warren Stoll, Marketing and Business Development Director for Kontos Foods. “Over the past nine months, a similar effort in Quebec, Canada, has resulted in an 85% jump in sales for our local distributor.”

In addition to selling products throughout North America and the Caribbean, Kontos’ recent business building efforts has also generated a growing base of customers in Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.

About Kontos Foods
Founded in 1987, Kontos Foods, Inc. is a Paterson, New Jersey-based provider of traditional Mediterranean foods for restaurants, hotels, food service, retail specialty stores and supermarkets worldwide. The family-owned company specializes in hand-stretched flatbreads, including the Kontos Pocket-Less Pita®, Fillo dough, pastries, olives, gyro meats, and Greek yogurts, as well as nearly 50 varieties of multi-ethnic flatbreads. Kontos, which has over 225 employees and was founded by Evripides (Evris) Kontos together with his son Steven, together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry. The company’s bread, Fillo and Kataifi products are made in the USA. Visit www.kontos.com or call (973) 278-2800.

 

Original source: Kontos Foods