The Protofanousis family has been specializing in the sale of fruit since 1928.
Today, the company is one of the largest exporters in Northern Greece, with an annual turnover of 23 million euros.
It handles about 25 million kilos of fruit per year, mostly of Greek origin, but with some kinds of fruit imported from Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey and Chile.
It supplies products directly to large supermarket chains in Greece and exports to European countries, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Canada.
It employs 30 permanent staff and up to 150 staff according to the season.
It maintains refrigerated storage facilities and packing plants in Thessaloniki with a total area of 7,500 sq.m., Controlled Atmosphere refrigerators in Nea Ephesοs, Katerini, with a capacity of 8,000 tons, a distribution center in Thessaloniki's central vegetable market, and a warehouse-precooler in Kerasia.
All procedures followed in cultivation, sorting, packing and distribution have a single goal: the production of standardized, high-quality, safe products to meet the high standards of the company as well as to comply with national and European regulations.
While Quality as a term is usually connected to characteristics that are acceptable to consumers, the true meaning of Quality goes well beyond formal stereotypes. Industrialized countries are becoming more demanding for food not only to be economical but, more importantly, healthy, tasty, safe for consumption and grown showing respect to the environment.
The international food market has evolved into a quality-oriented chain, where commodities, production areas, distributors and brands complement each other. Protofanousi fruits S.A, a modern company that understands Quality in its fullest sense, has implemented a quality system that reaches all the way from the field up the to the final customer.
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The company ended the year 2017 with a turnover of 24 million euros, a slight decrease compared to the previous year. The total amount traded was 21 million kg.
For those interested, the company’s balance sheets for the past 6 years are available here.