By Catherine Tsounis
Olympus was the mountain of the Greek Gods. Today, an exciting new import is inspiring the imagination of Americans. My introduction to Olympus yogurt was at the 2011 autumn Festival of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing, New York. What really surprised me was that it was easy to digest, with no side effects. Afterwards, I noticed the local Waldbaum’s was carrying the entire yogurt line.
Hermes International 2012 Expo on the March 31st weekend, at the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, had a booth devoted to the entire Olympus line of products. Free samples of every yogurt variety resulted in long lines. “We have the only authentic yogurt from Greece in the United States,” said Nicholas Nicolaou, Operations and Sales Manager. “It all starts with milk. Olympus applies a system of Total Quality Management to its milk production that has been practiced for three generations. The company employees, farmers and milk haulers all must participate in rigorous training and undergo frequent inspections that certify the hygiene and overall quality of their operations.”
“Animals are fed only grasses and grains grown near the company’s production facilities in Thessaly, located in Greece’s heartland,” added Dimitrios Stamoulakis, Office Coordinator. “This ensures that every yogurt made by Olympus reflects the company’s high standards for authenticity and flavor. Greece needs a company such as Olympus to export products during this economic crisis. It is not an easy project trying to educate people in what yogurt is. Our success can be found in Olympus products popularity in 25 countries and five continents. Consumers know a good product when they find it.” The happy expressions of Anthoula Bozios, Helen Coussoule and Christine Calfous prove his point. Other representatives of Olympus present were A J Horner, Sales Associate and President Anastasios Baradakis.
Olympus products include: Authentic Greek Strained Yogurt with 10% fat; Authentic Greek Strained Yogurt with 2% fat; Authentic Greek Strained Yogurt with 0% fat; Greek Yogurt with 1% fat and vanilla; Greek Yogurt with 1% fat and peach; Greek Yogurt with 1% fat and lemon; Greek Yogurt with 1% fat and blueberry; Greek Yogurt with 1% fat and cherry; Greek Yogurt with 1% fat and strawberry; Greek Yogurt with O% fat and Greek honey; Authentic Greek Feta cheese; Kasseri; Kefalotyri; and Graviera. For more information, visit www.olympusdairyusa.com or email [email protected].
Photo 1: Authentic Greek Strained Yogurt with 0% fat.
Photo 2: The happy expressions of Anthoula Bozios ( left to right), Helen Coussoule and Christine Calfous prove the popularity of Olympus yogurt. A J Horner, Sales Associate (left) and Dimitrios Stamoulakis, Office Coordinator (right) were present.