In 2015, Olympia Foods moved into a brand new 200,000 square foot food processing facility in Franklin Park, IL with expanded capabilities.
Olympia , site of the first Olympic games in 776 and home to the Temple of Zeus is counted among the many Greek treasures. Today in America, Chicago based Olympia Foods is recognized as a leader among a handful of Gyro giants and is carving out a legacy of its own. Built with old world tradition and family pride, Olympia has attained its status by devoting itself to the success of its customers throughout the foodservice industry.
Founded in 1972 by brothers Andre and Kostas Papantoniou, the same family recipes perfected at their Sheridan Road restaurant have become the cornerstone of Olympia's growth. By recognizing and committing itself to a widely underserved market, Olympia has helped bring the Gyro to millions of people seeking a tasty alternative to a hot dog or burger. In the process, it has helped many ethnic restaurants and other foodservice outlets expand their customer base with a unique sandwich concept now gaining popularity on a national level. And although the Gyro is at the core of the Greek -American food experience, by listening to and understanding their customers' needs, Olympia has developed a line of over one-hundred food options to choose from. With perennial favorites like Spanakopita and others all prepared with the highest of quality standards behind them, Olympia offers you foods to both attract new customers and keep familiar faces coming back. For people who follow certain dietary laws or those looking to be more health conscious, Olympia's chicken gyros and all beef Halal gyros are just a few examples of how Olympia responds to customer demand. Whether it's pre- sliced or pre-cooked gyros, cone shaped or loaves, Olympia works with you to develop a product that not only fits your menu and budget, but one that exceeds your expectations. Lavash wraps, whole wheat Pita, fresh Feta cheese, and Baklava add to the extensive list of genuine Greek food products we supply to our clients. And of course, don't forget the Tzatziki sauce! Chock full of fresh cucumbers and garlic, no Gyro should be without it.
But it's not just about what we do, it's also about how we do it. With food safety and sanitation as top priorities, you can be confident when serving an Olympia product that your customers' health and well- being is never overlooked. Olympia Foods is a USDA facility and has comprehensive Quality Assurance and HACCP programs implemented to ensure product quality and food safety. With the development of a distribution network serving schools, restaurants and institutions across the United States and Canada, Olympia stands ready to deliver you the same top quality products and service it has built its reputation on for nearly forty years. So come try Olympia, and see for yourself what old world tradition really tastes like.
Olympia dates to a Sheridan Road restaurant that President Andre Papantoniou opened with his brother in 1971. He says it evolved into a pita company and later started making gyros,
- Andreas Delfakis, Executive Chef and Owner- Athens on 4th, Tuscon, AZ
At Athens on 4th Avenue, we've been serving Olympia pita bread and gyros for nearly twenty years. From our experience, Olympia gyro meat is hands-down the highest quality gyro on the market. The pita grills up soft and fluffy, and it never seems to get too oily or too dry. Working with Olympia has certainly played a key role in our success. We've been attracting gyro fans to Athens since we opened and they tell us time and again that we serve the best gyro in town.
Olympia Foods has been instrumental to our success over the past ten years and has been a key component in growing our sales to over 10,000 lbs. of Gyros per month.
It’s Greek To Me specializes in traditional Greek dishes. We use only Olympia brand pita and gyro because we feel it is the best. We’ve tested competing brands and found that they are either too dry, too oily, or simply lack flavor. We could serve other gyros, but we don't want to risk losing customers.
Olympia Foods Environmental Policy
Effective Date: September 1, 2023
Olympia Foods is dedicated to producing high-quality food products while protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable practices in our manufacturing processes. We recognize the importance of minimizing our ecological footprint, conserving resources, and preserving the natural beauty of Illinois and the surrounding areas.
Compliance with Regulations: Olympia Foods is committed to complying with all local, state, and federal environmental laws, regulations, and standards applicable to our operations in Illinois. We will continually monitor and adapt our practices to ensure compliance.
Resource Efficiency: We will strive to optimize the efficient use of resources, including water, energy, and raw materials, in our manufacturing processes. This includes implementing energy-efficient technologies and water conservation measures.
Waste Reduction: Olympia Foods will minimize waste generation by implementing waste reduction, recycling, and reuse programs. We will also strive to source environmentally friendly packaging materials and minimize packaging waste.
Sustainable Sourcing: We will seek to source ingredients and materials locally when possible to support the local economy and reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. We will also consider sustainable sourcing practices and work with suppliers who share our commitment to sustainability.
Pollution Prevention: Olympia Foods is dedicated to preventing pollution through the responsible management of emissions, effluents, and hazardous materials. We will implement best practices to reduce air and water pollution, and we will maintain effective spill response plans.
Transportation: We will aim to reduce emissions from transportation by optimizing our distribution routes, using fuel-efficient vehicles, and encouraging the use of public transportation among our employees.
Employee Engagement: Olympia Foods will engage and educate our employees on environmental responsibility and sustainability. We will encourage employees to actively participate in our environmental efforts and provide them with the necessary training and resources.
Continuous Improvement: We are committed to setting measurable environmental objectives and targets and regularly reviewing our progress. We will strive for continuous improvement in our environmental performance and report our achievements to relevant stakeholders.
Community Engagement: Olympia Foods will actively engage with the local community in Illinois to raise awareness of our environmental initiatives and seek feedback to improve our practices.
Transparency: We will communicate openly and transparently with our stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, and regulatory agencies, about our environmental performance and efforts to reduce our environmental impact.
Every employee at Olympia Foods is responsible for implementing and upholding this environmental policy. Senior management will provide the necessary leadership, resources, and support to ensure its successful implementation.
Review and Revision:
This environmental policy will be reviewed annually and updated as necessary to reflect changes in regulations, technology, and our environmental goals.
By adhering to this environmental policy, Olympia Foods is dedicated to being a responsible corporate citizen in Illinois and contributing to a sustainable and environmentally friendly future.