Friday, May 29, 2020

BBC World News Features Kontos Foods

Hellenic News
Hellenic News
The copyrights for these articles are owned by HNA. They may not be redistributed without the permission of the owner. The opinions expressed by our authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of HNA and its representatives.

Must read

Obituary: Mary Anagnostou of Wilmington, DE

Mary E. AnagnostouAfter a brief, but swift illness, Mary Anagnostou passed peacefully to sleep on January 19, 2018, at her home in Wilmington, Delaware...

Greek-American Lawyer seeks to uphold the law for businesses affected by COVID-19

National Business Interruption Claims   The Hellenic News of America had the pleasure of interviewing Attorney Peter Palivos, who lives in Las Vegas and is considered...

Young Greek-American Entrepreneur Continues to Expand His Family Dental Business in Chicago

By: Aphrodite Kotrotsios, PublisherSpecial to the Hellenic News of America Peter Alemis is a young entrepreneur who has stepped into the family business and has...

Now’s not the time to get complacent about COVID-19, says Dr. Halkitis, Rutgers’ Dean of Public Health

By: David Bjorkgren, Senior EditorSpecial to the Hellenic News of America Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., the Dean of Rutgers School of Public Health,...

Selected as 1 of 20 companies globally to be included in DHL-backed program exploring international trade


Paterson, N.J. – Feb. 14, 2018 –Thanks to advances in technology and logistics, small- and medium-sized businesses are now real players in world trade, a movement BBC World News explores in its series “Connected Commerce” sponsored by DHL. Kontos Foods, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of ethnic artisan breads and traditional Mediterranean foods based in Paterson, N.J., was selected as one of 20 companies from around the world featured in the series, which debuted today on BBC World News as well as online. Currently Kontos ships its products to approximately 12 countries outside the U.S., including Singapore, Indonesia, Panama, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

The BBC World News visited Kontos Foods’ Paterson facility late last year to see how it bakes flatbread, from hand-stretched dough to finished pita bread. Founded over 30 years ago, Kontos officially began its overseas expansion several years ago when it crafted a strategic plan, targeting test markets in densely populated regions, such as Asia, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Middle East and South America. Kontos partnered with FoodExport NorthEast, a non-profit organization that supports international commerce, to attend several overseas trade shows and missions to learn about local tastes, demands and cultures. It also has a steady presence at international trade shows. Later this week Kontos will be in Dubai at Gulfood 2018, the world’s largest annual food and hospitality tradeshow in the Middle East, followed by stops in Tokyo, Paris and Montreal. Wherever it goes, it makes sure to highlight from its 50 varieties of flatbread the types that resonate locally. For instance, in Gulfood, its offerings include: Massala Nan, Lavash, Grilled Panini Bread, Gyro Bread and Baklava. All Kontos breads are certified Halal and Kosher, which is another plus when marketing to the Middle East.

“Kontos flatbread is perfect for shipping overseas,” said Warren Stoll, marketing director. “It contains air pockets from being proofed and coated with oil before being baked to lock in moisture. Pop a frozen piece of flatbread on a hot skillet or in the oven and it tastes fresh and hot just like out of the oven—no matter how far it traveled frozen to get there.”

Thanks for reading Hellenic News of America

“We’ve been extremely strategic with our overseas growth,” said Steve Kontos, owner of Kontos Foods. “We’re constantly surveying local trends and putting forth products that appeal to those consumers. This year, for instance in Gulfood, Kontos is introducing new a Non-GMO, Preservative-Free Greek Pita, which warms up in the oven right in its bag. This is especially desired in overseas markets like Europe, the Middle East and Asia.”

Find Kontos Foods on Twitter @KontosFoods, on Facebook at and on Pinterest at  Kontos sells its products to retailers and foodservice establishments across North America and around the world.

About Kontos Foods

Founded in 1987, Kontos Foods, Inc. is a Paterson, New Jersey-based provider of artisan breads and 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 275 employees and was founded by Evripides (Evris) and Steve Kontos, who together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry. The company’s bread and Fillo products are made in the USA. Visit or call (973) 278-2800.


The copyrights for these articles are owned by the Hellenic News of America. They may not be redistributed without the permission of the owner. The opinions expressed by our authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hellenic News of America and its representatives.

More articles

Latest articles

Greek-American designer designer Maria Argyropoulos Zarian talks about ‘Masks for a Cause’

Greek-American designer Maria Argyropoulos Zarian chatted with HNA's Markos Papadatos about making a difference with her company m.andonia and "Masks for a Cause." She also...

‘Live with Aphrodite’ welcomes Greek-American recording artist Kalomira

Greek-American pop sensation, Kalomira, releases new song "Gia Mia Zoi" May 7, 2020- In light of the current pandemic, COVID-19, Hellenic News of America took...

AHEPA donates to Athens based research center, CLEO

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA) will donate $30,000 to an Athens-based research center working to support the public health of...

Hotel Hagiati is medieval Macedonia in Edessa

Hotel Hagiati offers the ambiance to experience Edessa’s present within its past.Occupying a historic stone merchant’s house a short stroll from Waterfalls Park, the...

Letter to the Editor: Our beloved Hellenic News of America informs, educates, and unites our Omogeneia for over 33 years

Letter to the Editor Aphrodite KotrotsiosDear Editor:I just had the opportunity to read the excellent article of journalist Cathy Tsounis about our distinguished educator and...