We carefully select our Artisans based on a strict set of criteria and the belief that they share our own philosophy and values. We chose Tragano Greek Organics because we found it fascinating that, in today’s industrialized world, you can get to personally know the person who farmed your food. Tragano Greek Organics is built upon a three-generation legacy of relationships which gives a special touch to the superior flavor and quality of their classic Greek staples. You can shop their collection here.
Tragano Greek Organics is part of a family-run company with a long experience in traditional Greek food and a deep commitment to the local community. Nikos Kostopoulos founded his company in 1929 and the Tragano brand is named after his rural Peloponnese village in western Greece where the company is located. The region of Tragano (which also means “crispy” in English!) is famous in Greece for its high-quality produce and fertile land.
Tragano grew over the years from its initial specialization in pickled vegetables to also become a major producer of olives, olive oil, and sauces. Now in the third generation of family entrepreneurship, Tragano takes pride in the outstanding quality of their products and of the exceptional people working with them. They have developed long-lasting relationships with organic farmers from the community, allowing them to work with the shortest possible distance and time from harvest to processing to packaging. That makes their products of the highest possible quality and always traceable to the source.
Zēlos is proud to bring you not just Tragano Greek Organics, but the special farmers that farm our food - enjoy!
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Tragano has been certified by both BRC Global Standards and ISO 22000 as meeting international food safety management standards. It is also Kosher certified.
I relish working with farmers. There is a pleasure in knowing that you did the right thing, that you found the best producer in the area.
—Nikos Kostopoulos, Operations Manager
The Kanakis family has been growing olives and producing extra virgin olive oil for decades. Using their own olive oil press, they process their olives on the same day they are picked preserving its low acidity, impressive aroma, and superior quality. Thanassis took over from his father, Elias, just three years ago. Theirs is a small operation, employing four permanent employees and more temporary workers during the peak of the harvest season. The farm has always been organic, a point of pride for the Kanakis family. Even though he’s a small farmer in a small country, Thanassis understands the global appeal of the organic Mediterranean diet. “In today’s fast changing world, the target is a turn to quality in the Mediterranean diet,” he says. "As a result, the role of organic farming is fundamental.” The Kanakis farm is in Papulia, Messinia. Find it on a map.
Denis Mikelatos has been growing the prized Kalamon olive on his family’s farm since 1972. He was certified as an organic grower in 2010. Why make such a change? “We want to produce agricultural products without any chemical contamination", Mikelatos says. "The conversion has required a shift in emphasis away from quantity and toward quality", he says.“The main problem is dealing with the low quantities of the olives during cultivation,” Mikelatos notes. “People often confuse growing more crops with making more food available to the world. They’re not the same thing. Organic products offer more nutrients and vitamins to food.” Denis Mikelatos's farm is in Astakos, County of Aitoloakarnania. Find this beautiful corner of Greece on a map.
Novel Tradition Foods PC is an Athens-based company, founded in 2015 by Theodoros Skylakakis. Novel Tradition specializes in the production and marketing of sea fennel, which, until recently, was found only in the wild, along rocky coastlines. The Skylakakis family have their own farm in the province of Ilia, in the Peloponnese, and also buy sea fennel from Christos Karapanos, a company partner whose farm on the island of Zakynthos was certified organic in 2016. "Our intention, says Theodoros, is to turn sea fennel from a forgotten local specialty to a rediscovered heritage super food in the Greek and international markets." Novel Tradition Foods sees its effort to bring an ancient health food to new markets as part of agriculture’s proper future -- increasing the productivity of the land and the health of consumers, without damaging the environment. The Skylakakis family farm is in Agia Marina, Ilia. Find it on a map. Christos Karapanos's farm is in Kalamaki, Zakinthos. Find it on a map.
Stathis Xenos, a farmer since 1985, converted to organic agriculture in 2016. He produces Capia sweet red peppers, and finds that plants that are cultivated and grown organically “contain less water and more nutrients and vitamins.” Stathis says he’s proud of his conversion to organic farming and sees a potential economic payback for his farm, which employs about 15 people. “The physical methods used for organic farming do not pollute the water resources and do not kill the beneficial insects,” he notes. “The market for organic products in Greece will have prospects if there is an increase in the supply at a reasonable price, as well as of point of sales.” Stathis Xenos's farm is in Skourochori, Ilia. Find his farm on a map.
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