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Our Story We begin at the southeast end of the Peloponnese peninsula in a region call Lakonía...

Lakonía’s warm rocky hillsides along the Aegean Sea provide optimal conditions for growing olive trees.

Home to the ancient Spartans, olive cultivation in this area can be traced back to 1500 BC, and has been a vital part of Greek culture as well as the Mediterranean diet.

Our story begins centuries later. Daphne Contraros Rioux, founder of Lakonía Greek Products, grew up in a small agricultural village of Stefania.

Although Daphne has lived most of her life in the U.S., she rediscovered her roots in the late 1980's while visiting relatives in her homeland.

It was then that Daphne encountered Lakonía’s exceptional olive oil, and became intrigued with its high quality and smooth, rich taste. She realized that this locally produced oil was far superior to any available in the U.S.

In 1998, Daphne acquired a parcel of land covered with olive trees located on the outskirts of a small fisherman’s village called Gythio.

Her first harvests produced a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and Kalamata olives that she shared with family and friends.

With time, demand grew and soon Daphne acquired additional land and planted many more olive trees.

In 2006, Daphne began selling her products at the local farmers’ market in Saco, Maine. In 2007, her daughter Melissa graduated from college, and was given the opportunity to start the business. Since then, she has dedicated herself to growing the family business.

We now proudly offer our selection of Lakonia’s finest from our family to yours.

Additionally, our packaging has come a long way since our humble beginnings, and we are extremely proud of our labels, which have been through many stages to get to their current level of class and professionalism.

Initially, we started out with colorful designs depicting our olive groves and the beautiful scenic coast of Lakonía.

We quickly changed this design because it was too busy, and placed too much emphasis on the beauty of our olive groves, instead of on the quality of our products.

From that point, we decided that we needed something bolder, cleaner, and closer to our Greek roots.

Julie Anna Kramer, our graphic designer, began researching Greek art and artifacts, and stumbled upon a photograph of a famous vase, named the Euphronios Krater, which was fashioned by Euxitheos and painted by Euphronios in 515 B.C (See photo below).

Euphronios krater, which was fashioned by Euxitheos and painted by Euphronios in 515 B.C. The floral design on the top of this piece inspired Lakonía's packing design.

Inspired by the floral designs at the top of this beautiful vase, Julie developed a new design which is very similar to the label design we use today. At this point in time, we were just developing the idea for the business, and did not yet have the resources to print full color labels. So we decided to take our high level of product craftsmanship to the next level by converting this design to black and white, and turning our label into a stamp. We then used the stamp, along with a special ink pad and gold powder to hand emboss each and every Lakonía label.

Shows the embossing technique we used to handcraft our labels in our early years.
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Created with images by Alex Antoniadis - ("lets get lost") and Lee Morest (product shots)

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