Starting out in 1984 as a small, family-run business for pasta products, Evoiki Zimi S.A. has since grown into a large operation that has gained a global reputation for its high-quality frozen phyllo dough products. Its brand has also found a promising market in Japan for a decade now.

“We have learned a lot from our Japanese partners. We were one of the first companies in Greece to purchase an X-ray machine to scan all the products before selling them to Japan. At that time, we had to pay €50,000 for the machine. That’s how much I wanted to work with Japan,” said Evoiki Zimi President Charalampos Konstantakis.

The company is preparing to open a larger factory that can accommodate more orders from domestic and international markets — a positive sign of its growth prospects.

“Our commitment to quality is a way of survival for businesses of our size and market position. We are not the type to invest in mass markets. We stand by our quality. That is our substance. Even locally, we are known for having high-quality products,” Konstantakis stressed.

“We know that there are many opportunities to increase our volume of exports to Japan. But it is very important for us to be patient and find the right partner to do business with,” he  added.