Greek Pitta Chasioti

Greek Pitta Chasioti

Pita Bread Chasioti is one of the oldest companies in the business of traditional pita. Today, fully equipped with the most modern production equipment and long-term knowledge in manufacturing and standardization of traditional handmade pita, we can offer a product that is highly competitive, great tasting and of excellent quality.

The key elements that make us stand out from the competion:
  • Unique Taste
  • Continuous Quality Control
  • Stable Quality
  • Large Distribution Network

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Pita Bread Chasioti has the state of the art equipment that allows the company to meet the client’s requirements.

The company holds a costumer portfolio that comprises the largest well known grill houses and restaurants in the areas of Attica and Messogia. Nationwide, our distribution network covers the Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands, Cyclades and the Dodecanese. Since 2004, we expanded internationally, exporting to several countries.

Our staffs is comprised of 50 employees who are constantly trained with the newest productions technologies.

The selection of our raw material is performed in accordance to the strictest criteria of European Union directives.

Athanasios Chasiotis: Chairman of BoD
Konstantina Chasioti: Managing Director and Vice Chairman

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HISTORY

In 1982 Stavros Chasiotis and Kiriaki Papadopoulou created a small unit of pita production which succeeded the traditional family bakery (operating since 1960).

Chasiotis’s company, is initially located at 84 N.Zervou Str., Kallithea. Its production capacity runs up to 6,000 pieces of pita per hour. The business flourishes as demand and clientele increase accordingly.

In 2002, the enterprise relocates to larger premises at 3 Themidos Str., Moschato, in order to accommodate the continuously increasing demand.

The best part of the production becomes automated while the production capacity increases to 12,000 pieces of pita per hour.

In 2004 the company successfully ventures in to the English market.

Our staffs is comprised of 50 employees who are constantly trained with the newest productions technologies.

In 2011 the company moves to new modern proprietary facilities at 36 Bichaki Str., at Agios Ioannis Rentis, responding once again the growing market needs.

Nowadays, the production has become fully automated, while the capacity has increased to the significant quota of 25,000 pieces of pita per hour.

The list of countries, that we export products, include Italy, Romania, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia, Australia and Canada.

Interview with Konstantina Chasioti in FOOD (Greek pita) Issue 14 – March 2007

How Greek pita was born

Antonis Papadopoulos was born in 1931 in Apsallos Edessa, and in 1944 he came to Athens along with his brother Kyriakos, to work in their uncle Lambrakis’s bakery at Nikea Athens.

During the German occupation, the Italians teach Greek bakers how to prepare them their favourite traditional “galeta”. The Greek pie as we know it today is essentially a mix between this Italian “galeta” and a kind of bread they made in Mikra Asia and looked like a pie. The bakery of Lambrakis and Hatzis were the first who produced the Greek pita in the form that lasts until today.

Antonis and Kiriakos Papadopoulos learn the job next to their uncle and in 1952 decide to make their own small production company for pitas in Pagrati. They sublet a bakery and they go from early at night to ferment, shape, prepare the dough and bake the pitas in the oven. Then, pack the pitas in cardboard boxes and crates, and distribute them with wagon, tricycle, even by foot. For longer distances they were forced to use the bus or tram, as getting on a car was a big luxury, let alone using trucks. The production reaches 200-300 pies per hour and the price is 4-5 dimes.

Over the next few years, the Papadopoulos brothers moved to a new bakery in the old slaughterhouse area (Piraeus & Hamosternas) and after that at another spot in Andromache street in Kallithea. The great leap was made in 1961, when they started in N. Zervou street, in a modern factory, to produce pitas and biscuits called KAP (Kyriakos-Antonis Papadopoulos). Antonis Papadopoulos starts monitoring all international fairs that were related to the bakery business, soon he travels to Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Israel, where he finds a patent relating to the “touch” of the pita bread- which was then done by hand, with fingers – and he adjusted into the Greek version. The pita bread, is not baked in the wood oven, but in a large electric oven on a conveyor belt. The workforce of the company reaches 90 people and the daily production reaches 50.000-60.000 pitas. The KAP is the only modern pita factory at the time. But the conditions of production and distribution are changing radically. The Papadopoulos brothers opted for great expansion of the business and significant bank loans and credit. While production goes well, profits are thrown into purchasing equipment and machines for biscuits and crisps. Eventually, in 1973, due to mismanagement and the large credit allowance to the customers, the company is driven in to bankruptcy and the seizure of the productions facility. It was a devastating time and for the family was very difficult to accept the fact that, literally , in 1 night the efforts of a lifetime were lost and taken away.

Antonis Papadopoulos, very loyal to his brother Kyriakos, stay together till the end and make a huge effort to stand on their feet, once again, but they don’t have the success they expected. It was not until 1983 when the third generation of the family takes steps up to restore their lost dreams. Stavros Chasiotis (husband of the daughter of Antonis Papadopoulos) is ultimately the one who succeeds. Starting slowly in the early 1980’s, the former employee of the KAP factory, builds its own manufacturing and marketing pita factory (the Pita Bread Chasioti). Today is among the three largest domestic companies in the industry of pita bread with a daily production of 120,000 pies and significant exports to a lot of countries which include England, Italy, Denmark and Switzerland.

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