Every taste deserves the best
Papadimitriou CC S.A. was founded back in 1938 and manufactured the first Greek balsamic vinegar, as it currently continues to break ground with innovative lines of superior quality products. Three generations of Papadimitriou family successfully managed to place the company’s products, like balsamic vinegar, olive oil and mustard, in the households of many countries, like Germany, Austria, the United States, Australia and many more. In figures, the company’s balsamic vinegar ranks third in Australia’s sales lists and it is sold by some of the world’s best delicatessen stores, like Dean & Deluca in New York. Best sellers of Papadimitriou CC are balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard and currants.
Nearly three quarters of Papadimitriou CC’s revenue originates from export sales. In Greece, a share of 30% of dedicated consumers relates to balsamic vinegar. At Thouria facilities, over 2 million bottles are produced yearly and are exported to 22 countries, with Papadimitriou CC supporting over 1,200 local cooperating currant producers.
In 1938, Christos Papadimitriou started out a small production facility of raisin trading abroad. He established business relations with Britain and became one of the major businessmen in Messenia, turning Corinthian currants into a popular product in Europe. His son, Costas Papadimitriou, studied the art of vintner in Paris in 1970, planning to bring the family’s winery back to life. Unfortunately, good wine was not appreciated by Greek consumers at that time, as they chose bulk wine; so success was yet to come. This temporary failure inspired Costas Papadimitriou to reflect on his hometown’s assets and qualities. The area of Kalamata was well-known for producing vinegar olives, so he decided to manufacture quality vinegar of similar popularity as Kalamata Olives. Mid ‘90s, he introduced the Kalamata Balsamic Vinegar to the market, a product that became an instant success!
Third generation of Papadimitriou family offered the products the added value of marketing. In 2004, Christos was named Head of Sales and Marketing and his brother Dimitris, a professional graphic designer, was announced Head of Packaging. Papadimitriou packaging earned them a design award and boosted both the brand and the company ahead.
- Papadimitriou Kalamata Balsamic Vinegar is 1st in sales and the first balsamic vinegar produced in Greece.
- Papadimitriou Kalamata Balsamic Vinegar is free of preservatives, sulfurous ingredients or caramel colouring (E150d).
- Papadimitriou Kalamata Balsamic Vinegar is the only balsamic vinegar made 100% of Corinthian currants.
- Papadimitriou Mustards have gained awards in international food expos, thanks to their ingredients, like olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey.