Melissa Kikizas is a successful pasta manufacturer based in Athens. Established in 1947, this family-run business specialises in durum wheat and has grown to be one of the largest food companies in Greece. It now holds a 40% market share in the country’s pasta market, and exports to household names like Walmart, Delhaize, Lidl and Kaufland in more than 40 countries worldwide. In addition to its Athens headquarters, the company has a large plant in Larissa – the capital of Greece’s Thessaly region – that has become the center of the country’s durum wheat production.
The company is named after Melissa, the Greek name for honey bee, which is seen as a symbol of hard work and team spirit. Melissa Kikizas prides itself on delivering products of the highest possible quality, and building and maintaining long-lasting relationships with customers, suppliers and employees – it has been named one of the best places to work in Greece on more than one occasion. It is also fully committed to supporting local farmers, and has even established a durum wheat academy that now trains more than 20 people per year.