IT STARTS IN GREECE...
In a small village within the ancient marvel of Laconia, Southern Greece . The homeland of their father, it was here that Tony and Effi would pass much of their time as children. Playing amongst the ancient ruins and running through olive groves, the Greek culture engrained itself into the soul of the whole Kasandrinos family.
THE AMERICAN DREAM
Back in America, the children grew into young adults and forged unique paths. Tony set off to join the Marine Corps, which he still, to this day, serves active duty on. As of present, he has proudly served this Nation for 18 years. Effi set her sights on the University of Maryland and graduated with degree in Criminal Justice.
THE TURNING POINT
While Tony was stationed in Philadelphia, he was training at Crossfit Center City. It was no stretch to say he spent every minute away from duty in this gym. One day he had a case of his family's Greek organic extra virgin olive oil that his uncle gave him in the trunk of his car and decided to share it with a few people. Over time, word built up with all the foodies and everyone was asking for their own bottle to take home.
TAKING THE PLUNGE
Fast forward a few months to when Tony and Diane Sanfilippo attended a Movnat seminar in West Virginia. At the community picnic table one afternoon, Tony decided to share the same Greek organic extra virgin olive oil with fellow attendees. Suffice it to say, the single case of oil he had on hand all but evaporated by days end.
On the long drive back to Philadelphia, Diane managed to convince Tony to start a business. Together with his sister Efi, Tony started a website and began importing olive oil from his father’s village in Greece. Kasandrinos was officially born!
GREECE GOES GLOBAL
Demand for Kasandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil far exceeded Tony and Effi’s wildest dreams. Within only 3 years, their customer base grew beyond the National level. The duo began shipping their Olive Oil globally, bringing Kasandrinos into homes around the world.
- 2014 - 2016
A GROWING FAMILY
Remaining a family-owned business, Kasandrinos welcomed 2 beautiful little girls into with open arms. The future owners, Ava & Ana were born to Effi and husband Brian. Several months later, little cousin Efrosyni joined the team as well.
KASANDRINOS + AMAZON
With growth came the milestone of launching Kasandrinos International on Amazon Prime. With fingers crossed, the duo set up their online marketplace...and were floored by the incredible results. Now Kasandrinos Olive Oil was truly making its way into the hands of millions.
A FAMILY BUSINESS
Several months later, little cousin Efrosyni and bigger brother Thanasi officially joined the team. They had a blast working their first PaleoFX in Austin, TX and debuting our fun new clothing line.
From its humble beginnings on the shores of the Mediterranean, Kasandrinos International has brought the taste of Greece into homes around the world. Our dream is for continued growth, both within the team and with our amazing customers.
Throughout, our commitment to uncompromised quality remains the same. We plan on staying a family-owned business and hope to bring a piece of our proud heritage onto every kitchen table.