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Based in Toronto, Canada, Kolonaki Fine Foods & Beverages is a leading importer and distributor of fine foods and beverages from Greece and the Mediterranean.
Over the past decade, we have shared many meals and sampled thousands of items on our journey to find the products with the perfect taste and ingredients. We are passionate about sourcing difficult to find eclectic products with taste profiles influenced by geographical conditions, historical and cultural traditions.
Our portfolio consists of over 100 high-quality products sourced from family-run businesses, many of which are best in class. We collaborate with chefs from Europe and North America to expertly curate everything for your kitchen table.
Within our food and beverage collection we offer a suite of health and wellness products to best help with homeostasis and life in balance.
Our products are available in supermarkets, fine foods stores and boutiques throughout the USA and Canada and globally via our website, delivering directly to your kitchen and dining table.
Steve Kriaris is an entrepreneur, consultant, philanthropist, and the founder and president of KOLONAKI Group of Companies. Born and raised in Toronto to immigrant parents, he grew up with a strong connection to Greece and his European heritage.
Steve's entrepreneurial spirit was evident from a young age. KOLONAKI Group was born after a trip to his parent's homeland in his early twenties when he realized the absence of quality products from the Mediterranean in Canada. He was the first to bring natural Greek mineral water to Canada in 2000. During subsequent business trips back to Europe, it was apparent to him that Canadians were missing out on quality and delectable Mediterranean wines. He quickly expanded his company to include fine wines, beers and spirits.
Steve has spent most of the last two decades growing his company, which now consists of three divisions; Kolonaki Fine Wines, Kolonaki Fine Foods, and Kolonaki Fine Lifestyle. In addition to importing fine products, Steve enjoys creating his own. Ten years ago, he started his own wine label, Thalia, using grapes from Crete. His most recent creation is Da Capo espresso and Three Little Figs spread.
In 2012 he was recognized by The Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade with the Business Achievement Award. Steve is an example of creating a successful business by incorporating one's passions. His company is his lifestyle by masterfully combining his favorite things. Travelling to locate craft wines, beers, spirits, fine foods from the Mediterranean and beyond, and being in touch with Mother Nature through the flavors that reflect the land, sea, and the sun and telling stories of unique producers of the world.
Operations Manager Kolonaki Group of Companies and Orama Brands
Anastasiia is a graduate of the National University Of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv. She has worked at Kolonaki Group of Companies for over three years, excelling in several roles. Anastasia has a passion for constant process improvement and streamlining supply chain processes.
Anastasiia has attended trade shows, evaluated potential suppliers, and built productive relationships with existing suppliers, all while creating production forecasts to optimize inventory flow and negotiating cost-effective supplier purchases. Additionally, she has developed PCPs and SOPs to comply with CFIA and leveraged her knowledge of economics to develop pricing strategies.
Anastasiia has also established and maintained client relationships, supported sales team members to drive growth, and created presentation materials suitable for sales, customer relations, and management purposes.
Marketing & Communications, Global
Voula graduated with Honours from Humber College in Business Marketing. She has 14+ years of experience working in all facets of marketing. Much of her career has been spent in the hospitality and aviation industries, gaining a solid customer-centric approach. She is passionate about building relationships between brands and customers using technology and communications. Her specialties include copywriting, digital and social media strategy, photography and creative content creation.
Voula is fluent in English, Greek and French. She is working towards her DALF certificate in French in her spare time.
When she isn't passionately creating content for her favourite wines, spirits, and fine food brands, she daydreams about getting Kolonaki Group to sponsor her bucket list trip to Champagne, France.
Operations Specialist, Kolonaki Fine Foods & E-Commerce
Christina has been in the service industry for seven years. She moves seamlessly from administrative tasks and logistics to presenting in-store demos and promotions. Her energy and smile are endless and she offers our customers service in English and her native Greek language.
Vicky brings over 20 years of visual design and sales experience. Over time she realized each meaningful endeavour began or resulted around the table. Having grown up in the restaurant industry, she has a deep appreciation for fine foods and beverages and their ability to bring people together. She values quality foods and beverages that encourage people to sit around the table, spark conversation and enjoy the simple things in life!
Vicky has a passion for health and wellness and enjoys introducing others to products that are beneficial to good health.
Director Of Operations, Kolanaki Group of Companies Western Canada
Kirk Karataras has been in the Food & Beverage industry for 20+ years, giving him the experience to see the demand for new products in new markets. After realizing that western Canada had a need for new Greek products, it became his passion to make it a reality. When he had the opportunity to become Director of Operations for Kolonaki Group of Companies in western Canada in 2019, his love became a reality. Having worked with many experienced chefs over the last 20+ years, he has gained an appreciation for quality food and the values that go into providing quality food products for the food service industry. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny is a social maven and connector in the community who was born and raised in Vancouver. Long tenured in the food industry, she has much experience as a restaurant business owner and food service seasoning manufacturer. She offers highly creative solutions and has a natural ability for branding and marketing. Counted on to use her ability to bring people to work together at the same table for a typical result is something she takes pride in.