LADAS FOODS’s President, Mr. Dimitrios Ladas welcomed the Representatives of the Regional Authorities of the European Union and the Producer Associations of the Regions that produce Products of Designation of Origin (PDO) and Geographical Indicated Products (GIP), including the Region of Central Macedonia, that participate in the AREPO network. The visit was part of the General Assembly of the Union of European Regions and Producers (AREPO network), which was held in Thessaloniki on Tuesday, 5th of March 2019.
The European officials were accompanied by Regional Counselor of Central Macedonia, Mrs Katerina Zografou, and executives of the Region of Central Macedonia that joined the AREPO network last year, aiming at the protection and promotion of the certified quality products of the Macedonian land, the promotion of gastronomic tourism and “Macedonian Cuisine”, the extroversion of the agri-food sector and its link to tourism and culture.
AREPO’s main goal is to better protect PDO, GIP and guaranteed specialty products in Europe and all over the world and also to promote, defend and protect the consumers and producers from the European regions involved in the production of products of origin.
This Network is composed by 35 Regions from the EU and 480 Unions of Producers, covering more than 50% of the PDO produced along Europe. LADAS FOODS’s executives Themis Kartsiotis, Managing Executive and Katerina Kontonikolas Head of Quality Control Department, presented the organoleptic qualities of Greek olive varieties that the company processes, packs and exports all over the world emphasizing on the green Chalkidiki olives, as well as the evolution of the production and consumption of table olives all over the world, which has tripled over the last thirty years, but also in Greece which is the world’s second table olive exporting power. The European officers had the opportunity to learn about the exporting and production activity of LADAS FOODS and also about its investment program for developing the production facilities aiming to the production of end consumers table olives.
LADAS FOODS’s executives presentated the full utilization of water resources by the integrated water resources management infrastructure under construction inclouding a new waste water treatment unit and the collection of treated wastewater and rainwater (from the surfaces of the company’s facilities) for irrigation of adjacent areas with olive trees. They also presented the installation of RES plan aiming to reduce the energy footprint to zero, the participation in dual recycling programs for packaging materials in Greece and internationally and the installation of business intelligence systems that are used in the company’s operation.