From an old kitchen
to the atelier

Nikos Kolionasios was born to a family of farmers in a small village near the lake of Ioannina. Back in the ’30s in rural Greece, families grew their own food almost literally in their backyard. Pies and pastry sweets were on the menu. The recipes were simple with the exception of baklava. When grand grand mother Maria, a mother of eight,  scraped clean the kitchen table and dusted it with flour, the whole family paid attention. She was about to “open phyllo” for baklava and that meant either a big wedding or Christmas.

Nikos married Xanthi and they moved to Athens in pursuit of a better life. They started a bakery and soon their bread and sweets became a success, but it was their handmade baklava that earned a reputation well beyond their neighbourhood. Nikos knew they had to produce more and better. That called for research, investment and skilled craftsmen they couldn’t find in the country’s capital. 

So they returned to Ioannina and established an atelier where baklava rolls were individually packed in foil and shipped to every corner of Greece.

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& the new markets

Athena, their daughter, was still studying Marketing and HR Management when she was called in to upgrade the packaging and help streamline the production process of this delicate, handmade sweet. Not an easy task at all, but she too fell in love with the taste and gave her best. In the ‘90s, the N.Kolionasios company was already leading the Greek baklava market with their branded or private label products. As tourism brought young people from Europe and America, the flavours of the Almond & Honey or the Gianniotikos (baklava with a layer of kadayef phyllo) became more and more popular. It was time for exports.


Introducing a royal
sweet to new customers

To address an international audience meant that Athena had to break new ground. In Germany, Belgium,the Netherlands, France and some more european countries, oriental sweets were mainly introduced by people of Turkish origin who identified baklava with their traditional Pistachio variety, strong in butter and thick in texture. Too sweet and bad for the diet, that was the general perception also in USA and Canada at the turn of the century. Very few people actually knew the richness of baklava history, its complexity of ingredients and flavours, and the superb “in mouth” sensations a fine baklava can produce. The family spent almost a decade researching and trying different ingredients, syrups and baking times to create baklava flavours, elegant and savoury enough for a Pasha, an Emir or a citizen of our modern world.

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Top grade ingredients
combined for great
taste and finesse

For centuries, camel caravans and schooners have been braving deserts and waves to carry spices, nuts and dried fruit from the east to the west and back. With them, local recipes added to the rich “vocabulary” of baklava ingredients. From this vast source of ideas and flavours we pick our own. Pistachio, almond, hazelnut, walnut, raisin, fig, pomegranate, date, prune, orange, apricot, apple, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and flux seeds, mastic, rosewater, cardamom, cinnamon, clove. Only the premium. Peanuts? No, thank you. Honey? Generously, yes. And fresh milk butter to turn everything into a thing of bliss.

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Top quality
for private label

For those who will never settle for lower quality under their labels, we are willing and able to serve. Currently we produce close to 2 million baklava rolls per year for the PL products of over 20 brands in Greece and abroad. Clients choose from a wide variety of recipes according to their market needs. On many occasions they work with us on the development of new flavours and new packaging. 

For each private label baklava product we provide nutrition facts and labelling specifications. We also provide the necessary certificates for our raw materials and Quality Assurance certifications for the production process (ISO 22000:2005, FSSC 22000). Under contract, we undertake the packaging production and the forwarding.

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We meet the high
of the passengers

A travel snack must meet the high standards of the passengers and it must be fully contained. For many years we supply the travel industry with snacks, accounting for over one million units per year.

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Unique and stylish
for the people you love

Our Baklava golden rolls collection, the elegant journey to the pastry’s past and present, makes an excellent, unique and stylish gift for the people you love. They are suitable for a wide range of events, for almost any specific dietary or religious requirements. They meet all nutritional targets, as well as your commercial targets and culinary aspirations.

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We tailor
the product to
your requirements

We tailor our product to your specific requirements and your markets tastes for prices that should never exceed the in-house production costs. Taste and quality are the cornerstones of what we do, they will leave your customer in awe.

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