From an old kitchen to the modern baklava atelier
Nikos Kolionasios, the founder of the company, 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.
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.
Athena introduces a royal sweet to new markets
Athena, their daughter was called in to upgrade the packaging and streamline the production process of this handmade sweet. By the late ‘90s, the N.Kolionasios company was already leading the Greek baklava market. As tourism brought young people from Europe and America, their baklava became more and more popular. It was time for exports.
Consumers in Germany, Belgium, Netherland, and other european countries, had been introduced to a baklava of turkish origin, strong in butter and thick in texture. Too sweet and bad for the diet, that was the general perception in USA and Canada as well. Very few people actually knew baklava’s richness in variety and sensations. Athena spent almost a decade researching and trying different fillings, syrups and baking times to create a variety of elegant baklava flavours for the a citizens of our modern world.
Certifications & Awards
- ISO 22000
A leading local producer of a cosmopolitan sweet
Local recipes with spices, nuts and dried fruit from around the Mediterranean form the rich baklava “vocabulary” of baklava. 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 or extra virgin olive oil to turn everything into a thing of bliss.
Now Athena Sweet Athena exports in more than 25 countries and is a leading local producer of a cosmopolitan sweet.
Unique and stylish for the people you love
Our Baklava golden roll collections make for a unique and stylish gift for the people you love. They are suitable for a wide range of events, for any specific dietary or religious requirements. We tailor our products to your specific market requirements. This is what we offer:
- Range: the greatest variety of flavors and baklava recipes in the world.
- Reliability: high quality product, flawless order execution, market proven recipes.
- Sales support: full product label specifications, quality assurance specialists, liability coverage through to the final consumer, streamlined production according to strict ISO 22000: 2005 standards, FSSC 22000: 2010 and soon IFS quality standards.
Please have a look at our website, allow us to illuminate your baklava horizons: www.baklava.gr
Taste and quality are the cornerstones of what we do, they will leave your customer in awe.