Our Company

Our History

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Desserts are the family business.

The story of the KORAKIS-MARINOS company begins with the historic trajectory of its founder, Panagiotis Korakis, a man who remained faithful to his vision throughout his life.

Panagiotis Korakis started as an importer in the sugar and flour trade. In 1935, he decided to expand his business to the field of desserts. After all, the prime materials he could find in the famous citrus groves of Chios, as well as the sugar and flour in which he traded himself, were enough for him to take his first steps in that new territory under the best conditions.

He set up his first workshop near Vournakiou Square. There they originally made baklava and kadayif (syrupy pastries), as well as the famed Korakis’ quince pastry (kydonopasto). The company withstood the adversities of World War II and the German occupation and remained active during that time, thanks to its founder’s tenacity and commercial genius.

After the war, the workshop moved to Venizelou Street. It was there that they began to systematically produce their preserved-fruit-in-syrup desserts (spoon sweets, as they are called in Greece), which would end up being their most characteristic desserts not just in the local market but throughout Greece.

The love and trust people showed to the products from the very beginning are due to Panagiotis Korakis’ devotion and credibility, as he used exclusively traditional recipes from Chios to make the desserts, juices, and mastic-flavored sweets (ypovrychio, which is Greek for “submarine”, as the form of the dessert is a spoonful of the sweet submerged in water). Panagiotis Korakis supervised the workshop himself so as to ensure the proper preparation and quality of the products. At first, the desserts were sold in bulk; they were later packaged in tin cans, and eventually in glass containers, which keep evolving and improving on both a practical and an aesthetic level to this day.

From 1950 onward, the company grew and widened its product selection. However, the greater changes took place after 1985, when Panagiotis Korakis’ daughter, Irini, took over the company along with her husband, Dimitris Marinos. A new workshop opened in the Kontari area, while the modern and family-owned factory in Chalkios, Municipality of Kampochora, started its operation in 1989.

The future of the company lies with continuing the family tradition, with the 3rd generation – Achilleas, Despina and Panagiotis – now following their grandfather’s footsteps, their fundamental principles being top quality materials, traditional homemade recipes from Chios, and respect for the consumers.

Currently, the company produces over 40 different types of preserved fruits in syrup, mastic or vanilla flavored sweets (ypovrychio), fruits-in-syrup and ypovrychio dessert mixes (glykovrychio), nougat pies, jams, concentrated sugared juices, and sugared almond extract juice (soumada).
The company products are available throughout Greece via representatives, as well as in foreign markets such as those of Cyprus, Australia, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Turkey, Russia, and Arab countries.

Our Vision

With the land of Chios and our legacy as an inspiration, our goal and our dream is to produce traditional desserts from Chios, and that all the KORAKIS-MARINOS company products enter every house and form part of the daily Greek diet.

Our Values

Our consistent presence in the field of confectionery is due to the credibility our name carries, which has ensured successful and long-term relations both with our associates in the company as well as with external collaborators.

Through all these years, we have built a relationship of love and trust with the people, as we always show respect to the consumers, offering them pure raw materials of high quality that have been selected based on strict standards.

Another value that is characteristic of our company’s philosophy is innovation: looking to the future, we make sure to renew our products so that they meet the ever-changing requirements of our consumers.

Our consistent presence in the field of confectionery is due to the credibility our name carries, which has ensured successful and long-term relations both with our associates in the company as well as with external collaborators.

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Through all these years, we have built a relationship of love and trust with the people, as we always show respect to the consumers, offering them pure raw materials of high quality that have been selected based on strict standards.

Another value that is characteristic of our company’s philosophy is innovation: looking to the future, we make sure to renew our products so that they meet the ever-changing requirements of our consumers.

Our Facilities

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The KORAKIS-MARINOS company facilities are at Chalkios, 8 klm outside the town of Chios and near the land where many of the tasty products of Chios grow, products that are used as our raw materials.

Our factory is equipped with mechanical equipment of the latest technology.

There are separate production lines for each type of product, which allow for an annual production capacity of 90-100 tons of preserved-fruits-in-syrup, 60-65 tons of ypovrychio desserts, and 35-40 tons of concentrated sugared juices.

Every stage of production is monitored and checked so as to fully ensure the hygiene, safety, and quality of our products.

Once prepared, all products are placed in modern storage facilities which meet the required standards, and they safely remain there until becoming available to our customers.

Our Product Quality

Our rule: the purest materials

Since 1937, we have been producing and providing uniquely tasting desserts, because quality is both the condition for and result of our work. The quality and safety of our products is evident throughout the production process: from collecting the fresh fruit to processing them to packaging and storing them.

The KORAKIS-MARINOS company implements an ISO 9001 Quality Assurance System and an ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System, and it is certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 and HACCP.

We value your opinion.

Η εταιρεία μας είναι προσηλωμένη στην παραγωγή ασφαλών και υψηλής ποιότητας προϊόντων, δίνοντας ιδιαίτερη έμφαση στην ικανοποίηση των πελατών μας. Our company is dedicated to producing safe products of high quality, with a focus to customer satisfaction. With a view to always improving our products, as well as the overall operations of our company, we would love to hear your opinions on our products, their packaging, the prices, our service, and any other issue you would like to report.