While I was growing up near the village of Peania , Greece, I was fortunate to have family friends who owned olive groves there. I observed the process from olives being picked through the final stage of bottling the olive oil.

My mother used a lot of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) in our meals. I fondly remember one of her best dishes, Eggplant Moussaka and Greek Salads. I attribute my brothers and my health, to growing up with EVOO in our diet.

Since I immigrated to the U.S. in 1977 , I continually try to find EVOO like I grew up with, but it was not so easy to find the quality I was looking for.

Four years ago, I started with a single idea and passion to import the finest EVOO and olives to the U.S.

Twice a year I return to Greece and visit a few select olive growers in their villages in the Agrinion region in north western Greece and on the island of Crete, where I monitor closely the operations in their facilities. I have established a very close relationship with them and I make sure that they can supply us with the purest quality EVOO and Olives.

My company, Alpha Importers, now proudly offers the finest quality EVOO and many varieties of Olives imported from Greece. 

Andre Kallinikos

Owner & CEO