Address: Atalanti Fthiotidas, location Moulkia, PC 35 200, PO. 8485, Greece
Phone: 223 303 2510
George Tsakiris created his first Potato Chips production unit in the basement of his home in Athens in 1954. The equipment included simple and everyday devices. The potatoes were but by hand and the Chips were fried in a small coal powered fryer. The Chips were packaged in transparent bags by hand. Mr Tsakiris distributed his products to the local open-air cinemas and bakeries before officially launching his company.
The company grew gradually, but by the early 1960s, the workshop production moved to a larger space, an electric drive with two knives for cutting the Potato Chips was purchased, and the Chips began production in a large oil burner fryer. Distribution expanded, and three wheeled motorcycle sidecars were used.
Before the end of the decade, Tsakiris Chips transferred the production facility to Gazi. A full production line was introduced. The machinery included automated slicing, frying and packaging machinery. Tsakiris Chips moved to van distribution, which took in marketing via kiosks.
These advancements and company progression continued apace, and in 2004 Tsakiris was purchased by Coca Cola.
Tsakiris Chips Salt Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed nothing more than oily potato. The taste was like so many other regular, plain or salted chips. It was warm and welcoming and nothing more than a moreish sandwich accompaniment. Another perfectly adequate but unmemorable flavour.
Tsakiris Chips Oregano Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed little other than an oily potato aroma. The taste conjured imagery of warm slippers in front of an open fire – A crisp and moreish potato. There was also a herby taste which would be the oregano element of the flavour. Overall, a standard and unspectacular variety that just about did what it said on the packet.
Tsakiris Chips Vinegar Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a mild malt vinegar aroma. The taste was spot on. The usual flavouring is salt and vinegar, this was a rare purely vinegar variety in a crowded marketplace. Fortunately, they did taste of vinegar. This was a little disappointing because just a touch of salt would have enhanced the flavour so much.
Tsakiris Lemon & Oregano Pepper Chips
The first thing to be said about these chips were, they tasted Greek. A nation that has brought us carefully blended spices and dips is lucky enough to have a historically successful chips company and it is no surprise they have managed to bring home a taste of Greece. The most important question is do they manage to not just provide the flavour promised but does it blend the three flavours successfully? The answer was a resounding yes. There was a clear oregano flavouring and this mixed well with the lemon, and the backdrop throughout was a finely balanced and spicy pepper.