This year, Goudas Foods is expecting a big success in the food market, as the business links with Bulgaria have been established and the products are now ready to enter the stores.
As you can see in the picture, a great number of ready-to-eat foods will now be available in the stores for the public to enjoy.
(For more information, check-out the events on specific product articles).
"The trip of the day starts around 10am, and our destination is the okra fields. I sit in the passenger seat and I cannot take my eyes off the endless okra fields.
After the long drive, we arrive at one of the places where okra is gathered and prepared for production. I have never seen such widespread fields, stretching as far as the eye goes, creating a deep-green horizon. The okra plant is very beautiful; it is rich in leaves, one or more meters tall, and it blossoms a beautiful yellow flower.
It is end of January and the new year 2005 has well began.
The past summer, Mr. Goudas was returning from his trip to Costa Rica with hundreds of ideas and propositions for new products to be introduced to Canada.
Now, the plans have been realized, and Goudas Foods is proud to present the Costa Rican Collection!
Mr. Goudas and Dalton McGuinty the Premier of Ontario
Although he is forever saying that he never goes anywhere and that he is always working, there are occasions that he has to put on that three-piece suit and explore the world.
When you receive a: "You are cordially invited, to a function and the opportunity to chat and have a photo opportunity with the Premier of Ontario", of course you accept.
However, we cannot figure this one out. Is Mr. Goudas too short or Is Mr. McGuinty too tall?
Oh, silly us, it is the photographer who was nervous about being in the company of Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas that the other person in the photo seemed insignificant to him. (Your smile for the day or next 2 or 3 years!)
Mr. Goudas was really pleased to be part of the occasion and wanted to share this with you.
By: Hariklia Simos
When I walked into the office, glimpsed a sign that read "If you see me doing nothing, please do not disturb; this is when I am at my busiest", and then was bombarded by a barking little white dog, I knew I was in for an adventure.
Every year the Pan-Epirotic Federation of Canada holds a celebration commemorating the liberation of Ioanina, a city in the region Epiros in Greece.
Just this morning, the Goudas Foods workers were surprised to discover that one of the visitors passing by, actually decided to stop here for a while.
A food transportation train, filled with Mr. Goudas rice, slipped from the tracks due to heavy weather conditions which had caused the snow to freeze above the tracks.
As a result, just in the "back yard" of the Goudas Foods building, the train had to stop for hours until a crane was able to put it back on track.
Despite the damage caused to Goudas Foods from such transportation delays, we still manage to smile at such unforeseeable incidents and accept that even accidents are part of the program.
Following last September's visit to attend the meeting of Colombian entrepreneurs, Mr. Goudas had dinner last night with the Colombian Ambassador in Canada, Mr. Jorge Visbal Martelo. They discussed the various opportunities offered for the importation of Colombian foods in Canada.
On the left Mr.Rodolfo Moseres, Consultant & Trade Commissioner.
The lady standing on the right, Mrs. Julia Gutierres, is the Director of Employment at SENA Institute (National Learning Institute).
It is an exhilirating feeling when a client/customer/friend/associate bestows upon you something depicting the effect Goudas Foods and its products has on them.
The attached image was created to reflect this.
In this person's opinion, Mr. Goudas' products are
YOUR WINDOW TO A TASTE OF THE WORLD.
We are humbled, and believe there is no better thought or design that depicts what we are about.
Arrangements have been made as of today for Goudas Foods to import into this country one of the finest rice products available on the market today, Mr. Goudas Basmati Rice under the Golden Saffron Brand. This particular bag of Basmati rice will contain a small package of Saffron inside.
Most people are familiar with Basmati Rice and those who are privileged to purchase any brand of Mr. Goudas Basmati Rice, such as Lion King, Blue Lake, Pride of Himalaya, or Jewel the Indies, have experienced the best that the world has to offer. Now, they can purchase this bag with the Saffron included, and as they cook the rice they can add a few leaves of Saffron which will enhance the rice with extraordinary flavour, aroma, and a beautiful yellow colour.
The youngest potential customer of Mr. Goudas Butter Beans has already sampled and enjoyed this wonderful product. Akinlabi Olowe. (Akinlabi means: Strong baby in Nigerian) His mother, Carmara, and Aunt Sola, are long standing Mr. Goudas customers.
In a testimonial letter which is posted in the Customer Letters Section of this website is incorporated below:
Finally arrived in Canada.
After a long process involving taste-test after taste-test, experiments and modifications, Mr. Goudas has taken everyone's favourite Butter Beans, perfected them and has brought them to our homes, baked in tomato sauce, in a convenient ready-to-eat individual serving size, or as a side dish for the whole family.
Initially, it seemed like an easy task to produce this masterpiece. However, as the work progressed some of the beans became cracked, soggy or completely mashed. On another occasion they were over-cooked and the skin fell off.
Unexpected and sudden was the death of Nikos Goudas in Kalamaki, Athens, Greece. He is the brother of the owner of Goudas Foods.
Nikos was born in 1938, in the beautiful town of Kalamaki, which is located near Athens. He graduated from a mechanical engineering school, where he later served his country in the Greek Air Force.
Nikos married Zaharoula and went to Saudi Arabia as chief engineer of a company called Arhirodon, which was involved in the construction of massive sea ports in Africa and the Middle East.
It is the season to start picking the cherries, which calls for quick action before the birds attack the seeds.
This year, Mr. Goudas is even more eager to pick the best cherries (those with no bruises or discoloration, and no evidence of bird attacks), not only because they are key ingredients of many products, as for example the Exotic Fruit Salad, the Cherry Syrup, etc., but most importantly because he wants to use the best quality cherries in testing recipes for new products about to be introduced soon to the market.
This summer, Goudas Foods had the honour to be supplied of beautiful fresh cherries picked carefully by energetic youngsters, whose gentle hands and dedication to hard work are greatly appreciated. Two of them, Stephen and Nicholas, are seen in the picture, as they pick cherries with the greatest devotion.
At the first steps of sampling, the cherries picked this summer taste sweeter than ever. This has made us consider seriously to initialize a "Cherry-Picking Event" every season, hoping above all that the young pickers will have great fun!
We are happy to share this great event:
Ms. Orawan, a Goudas Foods purchasing representative for various products in Thailand, such as agriculture, fish, and fruit nectars, celebrated her wedding on the 23rd of July in Bangkok.
A loyal employee of more than 10 years, with an excellent knowledge of Mr. Goudas' variety of products from that part of the world, and a commitment to daily communication with Mr. Goudas personally, Orawan is now married to Mr. Bowornsit.
Her successful collaboration with Mr. Goudas has resulted in achieving the creation and release to the market of the best products the world has ever known!
From all of us at Goudas Foods, "All the best for a Happy Marriage!"
This Friday, the agricultural foods representative of Goudas Foods in Central America visited Canada to discuss business updates.
In the picture, Mr. Goudas, Alex Alvares, his wife and daughter are catching up over dinner on Danforth Street in Toronto, Ontario.
In the picture you clearly see Koukla, the French Poodle, on the chair beside Mr. Goudas, since he takes her almost everywhere.
However, it is a special night for Koukla since Alex Alvares was the one who translated the Koukla Story into Spanish.
This is not the photo of a submarine emerging on the water surface. This is actually a train sinking as a result of the tornado that hit our premises on Friday.
The rest of the photos narrate vividly all the unexpected events, and of course, the resulting damage caused by nature.
The water reached knee-deep levels and affected mostly the delivery of Rice by train.
In general, the North York and Concord areas of Ontario started to look a lot like Venice a couple hours after the disaster.
These photos were taken after the ordeal.
In fact, during the storm the train was half sunk in rain water.
We are sad to have to share the news about the passing of one of our former employees, Andreas Makris, on Saturday, August 20, 2005.
Everyone from the Goudas Foods Organization feels the sorrow of his passing, and we are extending our sincere condolences to his wife Maria, his two daughters, Joanna and Vikie, and his son Bill.
Andreas was well-known to the old-timers at Goudas Foods, since he was employed from the days of 131 McCormack St.
He was not only a great employee, he was also a good friend of Mr. Goudas.
May he rest in peace.
The photo is of Andreas and his wife, Maria, at the Goudas Foods Christmas Party, in 1995.
The next time you open a bag of Mr. Goudas Cassava or Plantain Chips, know this:
The product you are enjoying did not arrived to your hands by a simple procedure.
If you are imagining Mr. Goudas picking up the phone at a fast pace and with lightening speed, and giving some directions on how to prepare and package these chips, you are way off reality.
In fact, Mr. Goudas insists upon discussing the procedure, the ingredients, the evaluation of the nutrition information, the new label design, the consistency in color, thickness, taste, and of course, the appearance of the chips for long hours, and preferrably, in person.
A few days ago, for example, a supplier and factory owner from Central America visited Goudas Foods with the sole purpose to thoroughly discuss Cassava and Plantain Chips.
This is not because the product you have already tried is not good; this is because Mr. Goudas strives to continuously improve every little detail, in order to make them even better!
In the picture you can see that the chips are present over dinner, to accompany business with sampling.
Let's analize this picture for a second...
We all know the man on the right; but the man on the left is Mr. Lou Pecchia.
If any of you has gone thoroughly through the Events Section, on May 1st, 1977,
there is a small article with the title "Goudas products enter No Frills stores for the first time".
Unfortunately we did not have a current picture for that article, but here, almost 30 years later, you can see the man who built up No Frills with his extended knowledge of the Food Industry.
Mr. Pecchia has an enormous experience with the food accomodation of the multicultural society of Canada, almost as much as Mr. Goudas himself.
His name also appears in the article "The man for all seasonings" posted in the Articles section.
Over the years, their business relationship evolved into a close friendship, maintaining frequent get-togethers as this one in the picture. Mr. Pecchia retired from his position with No Frills 4 years ago.
In the picture, they are clearly bending the rules by trying various Italian specialties, although they should both think twice before "sampling" at this rate.
Mr. Goudas and Mr. Pecchia enjoy the company of each-other and their friendship is lasting not only because they are big fans of the food industry, but most importantly because they share the same views and ideas on the food business.
Of course, it also happens that they share the same age.
In the above picture, Mr. Peter Spyros Goudas and Mr. Lou Pecchia having a conversation on May 26, 2002.
As many of you know, Mr. Goudas products include an extensive line of items from all-over the world.
This type of international business requires a bank who understands these transactions, and HSBC Bank is one of the accredited banks to thoroughly possess such understanding.
Mr. Goudas had a very pleasant dinner with one of the top executives of this bank, as seen in the picture (name not revealed for security reasons), and they tried some of Mr. Goudas products, served by the restaurant.
We are excited to announce the new variety of rice added in the Mr. Goudas products collection.
This recipe is very popular among Arabian and Armenian people, and it combines rice with tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, and minced meat for a delicious outcome. This is commonly known by the name "Maklub" which stands for "Food served upside-down" (see picture).
The Golden Safron Rice has quickly captured preferences throughout Goudas Foods, and has naturally become widely appreciated by visitors and friends of the company.
In the photo you can see how some of the latest Saturday-lunch attendants enjoyed this new rice dish served by Mr. Goudas himself.
On the bottom right of the photo is the presedent of the Ararat Trading Co.,
Mr. Haroot Sarkissian, and you can see the satisfaction on his face.
What a treat!
Today, during his visit to Toronto and Goudas Foods, the president of Roy Legumex, Ivan Sabourin (actual grand-son of the company's founder), had the opportunity to taste the newly improved Great Northern Soup.
Although the soup is canned in Bulgaria, the beans are grown in Canada, and they are a product of undisputed quality, provided by Roy Legumex.
The most important thing for the consumer to know is that Mr. Goudas line of Soups contain NO MSG.
In addition, there is no harm in knowing that the Great Northern Soup is a preferred product among consumers in Canada, who appreciate the high quality of its ingredients, but above all enjoy its incredible taste.
In the picture, Mr. Sabourin and Mr. Goudas are having a delicious lunch after opening a couple cans of Great Northern Soup.
Mr. Sabourin gave the product great remarks and accompanied his lunch with a wide smile of satisfaction.
Such reaction rewards our efforts of providing the best products under the Mr. Goudas brand.
The Greek newspaper "Evdomada" celebrated its 30 years of covering the Greek community news, at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall.
Among the 700 attendands were the president of the Greek community in Toronto, as well as politicians and other business people.
The newspaper has frequently published favourable articles about Mr. Goudas and Goudas Foods; it was also the first newspaper to publish the article about Koukla in 2003.
The picture features Mr. Goudas while congratulating the Vice President of "Evdomada", Mrs. Anna Sklavos, who is a devoted fan of Mr. Goudas products.
Happy Birthday and all the best from all of us at Goudas Foods!
After a week of trying to balance out the various ingredients for the recipe, finally the end results were well accepted from the people within the offices, and satisfaction showed up in their faces.
The basic ingredient is pasta, which in this case is called "kritharaki" (as seen in the picture).
Another alternative is the type elbow macaroni.
This dish is baked with onions and tomatoes, as well as appropriate spices.
In its final stages of cooking, you can add a can of Mr. Goudas Baked Onions, item #1084,
as well as Mr. Goudas Sliced Carrots, item #506, for complete perfection.
Serve as it is, or add grated Romano or Parmesan cheese on top.
You can also add mashed corned beef, but since most are vegeterian in the office,
we chose not to do so here.
For those interested in spicing up a little the Chick Peas dish, we have a delicious recipe, easy to make, provided by the Indian staff at Goudas Foods.
The dish is called Channa Bhatura and it is a combination of Chick Peas, Indian spices (channa masala), cumin seeds, oil, lemon, and fresh onion and carrot.
It is best enjoyed on puri bread (flat indian bread), and despite the great taste, it is also very filling.
Mr.Spyros Peter Goudas is currently working into making this recipe available for the customer as a Ready-to-Eat product.
The process is estimated to be completed by next Spring; until then, you can touch-up the Spyros Peter Goudas Chick Peas with the above Indian traditional recipe. Enjoy!
One of my companies, that had a distribution of Mr.Goudas Brand has been sold in early, 2014.
The new owners did not focus on the quality of the products packaged to the disappointment of millions of loyal customers who have come to rely on my pioneering vision.
I accordingly, no longer vouch for the quality of products under “Mr Goudas”.
The endorsement of the Brand within this website are now soley for historical purposes only.
A pleasant surprise awaited Mr. Goudas this afternoon.
Mr. Mel Mitchell, an old colleague from the past, stopped by Goudas Food for a greeting in person. They hadn't seen each-other for 35 years.
In 1973, Mr. Mitchell worked for more than 2 years as a salesman for Goudas Foods, when it was still located on Baldwin Street.
Being the only salesman of the company back then, he often delivered the products himself with a small van.
At the time, the company had few products, mostly beans, and the packaging was made in the basement of the Goudas Foods building. However, business kept growing.
The first accounts were opened with Food City and Red & White stores, and many more were added during the years, as more and more companies were getting to know and trust the Mr. Goudas quality.
It is interesting to quote some of the comments Mr. Mitchell made when remembering the old times:
"Back then the food market was very competitive, and business was slow.
Chain-stores as a concept were not very known yet.
In order to grow as a food company, hard work and preserverance was necessary.
When thinking 35 years back, I see a one-man operation, Mr. Goudas, and a one-man sales personnel, myself, constantly striving to satisfy the consumer and build their loyalty."
In the picture you can see Mel Mitchell, now 73 years old and retired.
In memory of Lenio (Lenny) Montini
THE TOUGHEST MAN ON EARTH
(The following article appears in the soon-to-be published Mr. Goudas Biography The Immigrant. Holding the opinion that this article mirrors Mr. Montini as a personality, we would like to share it with all of you, remembering this great man).
"Since we all (the writers) contributed to this Biography, we asked Mr. Goudas who is his favourite wrestler and who, according to him, is the toughest of them all. He surprisingly responded, "The Great Montini".
It is past 6:00 p.m. and Lou (seen in the picture), one of the lab employees, is working late again, consistently testing and trying a new product about to be introduced in the market: Curry Chick Peas.
This amazing idea is about to be realized within 2006, and the Mr. Goudas Curry Chick Peas are estimated to become a new favourite among consumers in the Canadian market.
There is no doubt the product will be a success; we all have tried it inside Goudas Foods and we think the addition of curry really boosts the already magnificent taste of Mr. Goudas Chick Peas, while at the same time adding a pleasant flavour.
Keep an eye open for the flavour revolution!
"Dear friends, co-workers, and family,
We are here today to pay our last farewell to Robert Dipiero, 41 years young.
As all of us know, Robert joined our company few years ago and he worked in many areas within the warehouse: in shipping, receiving, packaging, and in general he was a man that everybody knew well.
Unfortunately, some time ago, the nerves of his arm were severely injured (in a non work-related accident ), which cost him not be able to move it and even use it for work.
As you may have already heard, there is going to be a significant price increase for products in the "sweetened condensed milk" category and an increase in sugar prices as was announced by the Canadian Dairy Commission.
Therefore, your favourite Mr. Goudas Sweetened Condensed Milk, the Golden Feather brand, the Mamma Lucia brand, and Cakemaker brand may be out of reach for some people.
But, although the prices may be higher, they are still going to be at very reasonable levels.
Mr. Goudas advises that, if any other milk is cheaper than the brands above, due to the fact that Mr. Goudas uses evaporated milk as the main ingredient, compared to maybe powdered milk or concentrated milk without clarification of its type.
Therefore it is adviseable to check the list of ingredients for the above- mentioned differences.
P.S.: Mr.Goudas recalls the good old days (1970) when he sold the particular milk in the store on Baldwin Street at 3 cans for $1.00
Today is Sunday, January 1, 2006, the first day of the New Year.
What a proponderous day. Many unexpected things may occur throughout the next 364 days.
I will not pretend to be a psychic or fortune-teller; I will live each day as it comes.
So let us see what has happened today.
Although it is not an official working day, as usual I am in the office first thing in the morning, and with no one to make me my coffee.
So I made one myself, feeling quite happy with my pets close to me, especially Irma who stills suffers the consequences of the car accident a few years ago, but made it through another year.
Since 1998, when the product was first introduced by Goudas Foods in Canada, Tai Tai Vermicelli has been a favourite item among our consumers.
Made from the finest rice flour of Thailand, this product makes us proud to say that we are the best seller company in this category.
Of course, a good product always comes from a great team!
We are even prouder to introduce to you the Tai-Tai group, from left to right in the picture: Ketsinee, Chalotorn, Thippimol, Chopaka, Danaya.
These capable ladies make sure the selection of ingredients, the creation, and packaging of Tai Tai Vermicelli is always perfect, contributing in this way to the finest quality of Tai Tai in the world.
A virtual applause to all! Good Job!
DEAR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF GOUDAS FOODS,
Unfortunately, today we do not have good news to share.
It is with sincere regret that we advise that IRMA GOUDAS, one of Mr. Goudas' constant companions passed away at 11:55 p.m. last night.
Most of you may know Irma from the article titled "Koukla", which tells the story of Mr. Goudas' pets Koukla, Irma, and Tiger.
Many of you have expressed your appreciation for this article, written by Mr. Goudas himself, and have congratulated him into his original and successful portraying of the different personalities of his beloved animal friends: Tiger, the friendly and playfull cat, Koukla, his faithful follower and official announcer of approaching company, and of course Irma, the gentle companion who politely greets everyone and never barks.
After the news of Irma's sad passing were spread, and in a matter of hours, hundreds of friends, colleagues, animal lovers, and even consumers of Goudas Foods products who did not know Mr. Goudas in person, rushed to express their condolences.
It should be noted here that the above Newsletter was also sent to more than 250,000 subscribers to one of the largest advertising websites in Canada, FlyerMall.com, where the "Koukla" article narrating the story of Mr. Goudas 3 pets Koukla, Irma, and Tiger, has been posted for some time now under the Koukla icon.
Out of the great number of letters received, the following deserves to be shared with our readers:
February 10, 2006
Dear Mr. Goudas & the rest of the Goudas Family.
I would like to extend my deepest condolences on the loss of your BELOVED Irma.
She sounded like such a SPECIAL Companion, and I am sure that the time that She spent with You and Your Family was undoubtedly the BEST TIME of Her life.
You can ALWAYS count on the Love & Companionship of an animal, because they are so non-judgmental, and ALWAYS return the LOVE back to their Family & Friends.
I am sure that it was a very sad evening for the entire Goudas Family, but rest assured that your Irma will be waiting for You with open paws, when your time comes to elevate to the next level.
Just imagine Irma as a healthy, happy, young, puppy again without a care in the world, except waiting for her loving Peter. Death is not an end to life...It is a NEW Beginning.
The GOUDAS Family is a SPECIAL FAMILY, and I am sure that IRMA was blessed to be a part of it until the end of her life. GODSPEED to Her.
ALL the BEST,
Paul E. Hamlyn
Dear Mr Goudas, thanks for the e-mail/Newsletter received to-day. I am certain you will not receive many responses like this one from anyone else.
I too, had a dog as a pet when I was a toddler, but it was always a dog NOT a member of my family.
If a dog is a member of your family then that makes your mother a bitch!.
Dogs are animals which should be allowed to roam feely. They are not people. They are not a child substitute. They are not bed partners.
So often dog lovers get carried away with (mis-placed) love for dogs that they forget that there is a world out there. A world of under-privileged people; hungry people; desperate and destitute people out there.
About ten years ago, Mr. Goudas engineered and designed a T-shirt emblazoned with the "Mr. Goudas" Logo.
He spent many precious hours, choosing the appropriate colours: black, yellow; and in estimating the perfect size and length to reflect the Goudas image.
Suddenly, one weekend, one of his employees enters the office wearing a Mr. Goudas T-shirt he had never seen before. He wondered to himself if someone was now manufacturing a likeness of his T's.
The employee's T-shirt was half the size of his regular T-shirt.
The reason being, as a female employee, somewhat fashion conscious, she cut the shirt a few inches below the breastline, on an angle.
A Mr. Goudas T-shirt, for females, and especially for the low-rider, jeans loving generation, was born!
Send us pictures of Mr. Goudas T-shirts with your personal fashion statement, and after review, we will post those brilliant ideas on our website.
Today, we had the pleasure of welcoming in Toronto three representatives from the Korean Food Research Institute, who are visiting for an enlightning meeting with Mr. Goudas.
The purpose of the visit was to research the preparation processes for various products available in the Canadian food market, including the maple leaf syrup process.
Mr. Goudas himself saw this meeting as one of the constant steps he makes into enhancing his international cooking pot. He especially appreciated acquiring interesting and useful information, as for example the fact that Korean consumers do not favour the presence of heavy syrup, or sugar, in their meals and even in many desserts.
The meeting was pleasant for both parties, who enjoyed getting acquinted and discussing other subjects, beyond the business interess, as for example the commonalities and differences between the two cultures, and special characteristics of their respective countries.
Dr. Ho-Moon Seog (left in the picture), the Principal Research Scientist in the Food Material Processing Technology Division, noted particularly that he found the meeting impressive, and the team of representatives concluded their visit expressing their appreciation for a warm welcome from Goudas Foods, and a very positive and informative meeting with Mr. Goudas.
They also had the opportunity to enjoy some of the Mr. Goudas products.
Mrs. Sandra Kim especially, endorsed that Mr. Goudas products are high in nutritional value.
Picture (Left to Right): Dr. Ho-Moon Seog, Mr. Goudas, Mrs. Sandra Kim (Nutritionist), Dr. Youngsoo Kim - Professional Food Scientist
This is a magnificient picture of a sugar cane field in Colombia.
The intent was to give you a view of a sugar cane field.
A delegation from our company went to Colombia to view first-hand the cultivation, harvesting and processing of the sugar cane into the final manufactured product - 100% pure cane sugar.
The series of pictures captures the essence of this trip, including Mr. Goudas being given a bracelet, pronouncing him an honorary Colombian.
The complete Colombia experience has been captured and made into a book format.
(to be published soon)
Click on the picture and the image will enlarge, it will be followed by a series of photos.
Dear Friends, Coworkers, Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is sad that within a short period of time we have lost another member of our family.
Because Rafael Onofre, although he did not come to work for quite some time, he was always a part of this organization.
He had all the reasons in the world not to come to work due to his illness but within the back of my mind, I kept his job open in case, he recovered because miracles do happen sometimes.
How many times have you been to the supermarket and wished a magician would turn all the potato flakes, powders, etc. made from dehydrated ingredients into perfect mashed potatoes!
Well, the number one magician has done just that: Mr. Goudas has created the "perfect mashed potatoes" made from fresh potatoes, ready to serve, in his famous easy pull cans.
We are certain that lovers of mashed potatoes all over the world would appreciate this product.
Back in the 1990's Mr. Goudas made his vegetable soup, like every other company, incorporting dehydrated products.
Today, Mr. Goudas has re-introduced his Vegetable Soup. This new version has nothing but goodness and is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C. Made from fresh carrots, potatoes, grean peas, corn, celery and onions. AND it DOES NOT contain M.S.G.
Obviously, a soup as good as this should cost twice as much as any other on the market in this category.
However, Mr. Goudas maintains his reasonable price.
He expressly believes in providing the best to his customers at affordable prices.
Should you try and like this product, please send us a letter via the customer letter section of this website.
This shelf realign is an example of an ethnic aisle in one of the many Food Basics Store locations.
It captures the essence of the ethnic market with a huge assortment of Mr. Goudas products, along with other wonderful companies with many years experience with the needs of the multi-cultural society of Canada, such as: Grace Foods, Young and Young, and Gilda Foods, to mention a few.
Without a doubt, the dedication of a complete aisle to the Mr. Goudas label is evidence of consumer preference.
The growth within the Basics organization in the Ontario food market is not one single person,s job.
It is a collaboration of the efforts of many capable people, for example:
Domenic Calce, Frank Dunn, Mike Bedard, Frank JaJa, Gary Spencer, Gus Bitsas, Hans Pauly, John Rao, Mike Hone, Angelo Valentini, Sal Gali, Verne Ruse, Tony Morello, Gus Prokos and many more.
In a television interview, Tory Morello, Executive Spokesperson for Basics mentioned that his company was focusing on the needs of the ethnic community and each person entering the store is important.
If you have a chance to read the biography, on page 106 there is an article written by John Pardakis about the trip to Costa Rica made by Mr. Goudas.
John stated that No one ever thought of us poor employees who unsuspectedly greeted Mr. Goudas back.
Thinking that our everyday routine could not be disturbed by one small innocent trip.
In the photo you see Mr. Goudas giving John a sharp kick in the butt because he was telling everyone not to convince Mr. Goudas to take another trip ever again. Do to the fact that upon returning from said trip, the amount of work to focus on is mind boggling.
Nevertheless, the article written by John was so beautiful that Mr. Goudas changed his mind at the last minute and re-hired John to focus on the distribution of the Chimichurri and other products related to Costa Rica.
PANOS SALT is a new addition to the Goudas family of products.
It would be availabe in your local supermarket in a tray display format.
Another benefit of Panos salt is that the salt has a very long shelf life.
It may also be stored at home for long periods of time in a dry place.
It hardly ever will form lumps unless it is exposed to moisture.
Charles Keith passed away on Monday, May 29, 2006 around 7:00 p.m.
Charles joined the Goudas Foods Organization a few years ago after working as a representative of Pepsi Jamaica in Canada.
Since Pepsi Jamaica endowed Goudas Foods with the distribution rights for their products and Charles appeared at the time to be an excellent and knowledgeable salesman, and since he was very highly recommended by Stella Rosen, Executive of Pepsi Americas, he was the ideal candidate for a vacancy within the organization.
Dear Fellow Co-workers:
There are no words to describe the loss of Colleen Bradley on June 3rd.
Colleen began her employment with our organization on February 16, 1997.
We had just moved into this location.
Mr. Goudas Potato Garlic Spread or Skordalia (the Greek word for Garlic Spread) is the latest baby in the ready-to-serve category.
Made from fresh potatoes and garlic, this product is sure to please the pickiest of eaters. If you are not allergic to garlic and you are a potato lover, then this product is for you. The easy-pull can is an added convenience.
Simply open the can, scoop out the contents unto a plate, gently spread with a fork.
Add a few drop of Mr. Goudas Extra Virgin Olive Oil and be prepared to enjoy this mouth-watering taste. Savour the flavour!!
This may be served as an aperitif, a spread on bread or crackers, or as a side dish.
The choice is yours. The Greeks usually enjoy this Skordalia with bakala or cod fish.
We have given you some ideas on how to eat this, however, this may be eaten all by itself.
When Mr. Goudas thought about this product, he envisioned only people who loved garlic, therefore, it has not been made for any particular nationality; in this case it is international
"Memories from the past" by Raimondos Papamanolis (Παπαμανώλης Ραϊμόνδος)
While in Athens for the sad passing of his brother, Nikos Goudas an unexpected meeting with the past came as a pleasant surprise, that somehow contributed into lighting up Mr. Goudas' heart and bringing old memories back to life.
After 50 years of separation from his childhood friends, Mr. Goudas had the opportunity to meet some of them.
One of the friends he greatly enjoyed seeing again was Mr. Raimondos Papamanolis, a school-mate and close friend during the young years they both spent in Kalamaki, an area outside Athens.
You can see them in the picture smiling joyfully while catching up over dinner.
This picture was taken at the Wedding Reception for Jan and Ivan Lee.
Obviously, Mr. Goudas has attended many wedding receptions but Jan is a good friend of Mr.Goudas and he made it a special point to attend this reception.
If you have never attended a Chinese/Malaysian wedding reception you are missing out on a few things.
Firstly, the food is unbelievable: anything your heart desires. You can easily gain a few pounds at a reception.
But, the funniest part of all is that at one point and time, the groom stands on a chair and the bride holds a cucumber in her hand and slowly pushes it up the leg of the groom's trousers.
Eventually, she has to position it so that it will find it way down the other leg of the trousers.
But some where along the way, she finds herself holding two cucumbers and at this point the groom shouts out.
We do not know why! Needless to say, she spent some time there with both hands trying to find the right cucumber. Obviously, everyone in attendance had a great time.
On behalf of the Goudas Foods Organization, we wish Jan and Ivan Lee a long, happy and prosperous life together.
How many times have you purchased a paper bag of sugar and thought that there must be a better way to store this product in the cupboard.
Sure we have all then poured it into a jar or have had to fork up additional money for those sometimes pretty jars - only having to purchase the full set with coffee, tea and sugar, only to use the one to store the sugar.
This new packaging has been developed on an experimental basis and is on sale on a trial basis at Dollarama stores across the country.
Storage in a dry place at room temperature will make the sugar last for a considerably long time.
Should you like this innovating idea, please send your comment to us via the customers letter section of this website.
AN EVENING OF HAPPINESS
It seems to be another article: There I was with my pen and paper ready.
But before I began writing, I prepared for myself and the other people in the office, tea or coffee for those who so desired, and of course, Greek Coffee for Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas.
Prior to this, Mr. Goudas had ordered some Guyanese Chinese Food which included: Shrimp Fried Rice, Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables and Deep Fried Chicken Wings.
As usual, he invited everybody. Needless to say, today the food was absolutely magnificent.
Perhaps because the Caribbean Chinese cook their food a little differently form traditional Chinese food.
Mmmmm! Who can resist this!
As we were enjoying this dinner, Mr. Goudas began telling us a story regarding the New Years article (New Year's Resolution.)
He mentioned that since the article was posted in the Goudas Foods website, several newspapers asked for the rights to have this article reprinted in their newspapers.
MR. GOUDAS, THE CULTURAL AMBASSADOR
Some say, he is from China, others India, Pakistan, or Jamaica. Very soon, everyone will realize that he is from Greece.
Mr. Goudas is never camera shy and loves photo opportunities like this to show the world his diversity.
This group originally from Ghana, came into our office.
They were officially greeted by Mr. Goudas, who took time away from his busy schedule to chat and welcome them.
It is important to let you know that situations like this occur very often. People of different nationalities come into our Head Office location for one reason or another or simply to say hello to Mr. Goudas.
Goudas Foods has acquired the distribution rights to Tampico Beverages for Eastern Canada.
This delicious new beverage comes in two flavours: Citrus and Tropical punch. Available in three convenient sizes.
The initial exposure of this product will be as of next week at independent grocery stores.
Yes, housewives love Mr. Goudas for the products they need to create delicious desserts for their loved ones.
Mr. Goudas flour, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder and icing sugar are popular items used in cakes.
These ladies in the photo are all pleased with the results of their baking.
Mr. Goudas Evaporated Milk, and Sweetened Condensed Milk are favourites for ice-cream.
Mr. Goudas also loves the ladies because he gets all the information he need to create or improve the related line of products.
It is important for him to obtain all the information he could ever get first hand in detail because over the years he has created many recipes which you may view through this link.
MR. GOUDAS AND KOUKLA
Koukla, that famous pet poodle of Mr. Goudas, takes a break from being always one step behind him, to being carried around.
You may read about Koukla in the Koukla, Irma and Tiger booklet My Pets.
In addition, you may listen to the Koukla Story, Hello, My Name is Koukla on CD in English.
There are audios in Greek and Italian, and translations in French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Sri Lanka in the Articles Section of this site.
Irma has been in the newspapers, on TV and graces the back cover of New Years Resolution booklet wish every one a happy new year.
SHOPPERS DRUG MART
Shoppers Drug Mart has added a bit of variety of food products for your shopping convenience.
While picking up your toothpaste, prescription, lipstick and shampoo, you may also purchase some grocery items under the Mr. Goudas label.
In the photo, you can see Goudas personnel setting up as new section in one of the stores.
Soon, there will be more Shoppers Drug Mart stores will be carrying a line of Mr. Goudas convenience items.
The idea is very simple. In the past, traditional grocery stores sold grocery items only. However, lately they have begun selling clothing, shoes, autoparts, hardware store items, telephone, furniture, pharmaceutical items, etc., etc.
So the logic is very simple. Who thought that the traditional pharmacies would sit by and do nothing about this situation?
The Mr. Goudas line of products is so large, so huge, so versatile, that it could make a pharmacy look like a grocery store!
As we incorporate this small article, we remember a book written by Mr. Goudas titled, The Cow Foot Story. In one area of the book he wrote that he went to the pharmacy to purchase the new discovery in hair removal at the time, called Neet.
Read The Cow Foot Story and have a good laugh!
There are many ways to spell the Beryani and also many different outcomes depending on the preparation.
Nevertheless, Mr. Goudas has developed the new Parboiled Basmati Rice and, as a consequence, gave samples to different individuals to come back with their opinion.
This afternoon at the office Mr. Goudas was pleasantly surprised when on particular individual surprised him with a whole pot full of the Beryani dish - Persian style - complete with almonds, meat, onions, etc., pita bread with a minced meat filling complemented the meal. Needless to say, the office staff ate to their hearts' content.
In the picture you can see Mr. Haroud explaining to Mr. Goudas the preparations.
You can also view the pot and platter with the pita bread.
The new Parboiled Basmati Rice will soon be available under the Jewel of the Indies brand name at your local super marke
If you think for a moment that you could buy any blow joe brand coming up from anywhere, stamp the word "superior Basmati Rice" on the bag or have it labelled as 642, 557, 401, 427, 400, 407, etc., then you better read the book titled, RICE, written by Spyros Peter Goudas, and you will have a better understanding about the subject of Rice, the different varieties, method of cooking and preparation.
Therefore, when you go to the grocery store to purchase a bag of rice, do not feel that the price has anything to do with the quality of the rice.
Mr. Sultan lent me your biography book a while back. I was very inspired by it and somehow... ended up making a portrait drawing of yourself.
This was very spontaneous. I know it's not perfect. I would be curious to know your perception of it.
Best regards, Amani Saif
Dear Mr. Goudas:
I am one of these individuals who spend time scanning the Internet, exploring and obtaining information in the privacy of my home environment. I am a big fan of Mr. Goudas products and with time on my hands, I decided to explore your site, with particular interest in obtaining a recipe for cous cous. I always wondered why you did not have cooking instructions on the package, but after I went into the products section under cous cous, I saw the blurb about the thousands of recipes available on the Internet and realized why. I was just about to write you a nasty letter giving you some s**t, when something within your website aroused my attention and I forgot about the cous cous.
The year 2006 was a very complex and emotional year.
We here at the Goudas Foods Company experienced a series of conflicting events. We had good news and bad news.
Let us start with the bad news first:
On February 9th we lost Irma, the companys faithful dog, and a personal companion of Mr. Goudas for many years.
We know that you do not have all the time in the world to read recipes and stories. But since we all need a little humor in our life to reduce the wrinkles, hopefully, we are hitting the right spots.
On January 9, 2007, Mr. Goudas disappeared from his office at around 8:00 p.m. I was doing my usual stuff and the cleaning lady was doing her bit, vacuuming and mopping the offices. Needless to say, half-an-hour later a smell penetrated the office environment. In other words, something was cooking! It was almost time to take my break and have a sandwich. However, the smell meant I was going to have a full meal instead. After all, it is a known fact: Mr. Goudas never eats alone.
If you are already proficient at making Potato Soup, you may feel that this recipe is totally unnecessary. However, if you would like to learn something new, and to entertain yourself at the same time, this recipe is tailor-made for you.Of course, we spent some time researching this information before presenting it. And since we do not cut and paste, or steal recipes from here and there, we went right to the source. Who else but Mr. Goudas himself! He is an expert at cooking and told us the following:
Setting up a brand new section in a supermarket is a huge undertaking.
Existing products on the shelves have to be removed to other sections. Once the shelves are completely empty, they have to be repositioned to accommodate the new products.
These products have to be relevant to the demographics and ethnicity of the area.
The process begins after the heavy traffic at the store slows down and the job has to be completed, with correct price tags in place, before the appointed opening time of the store the next day.
Believe it or not, we have just been advised that this article is receiving more hits in the Good Food Recipe Section of www.flyermall.com and Google. Mr. Goudas himself is the author of this article, of course with the assistance of one of his secretaries.
How many of you do not consider yourself awake until you have had your first cup of coffee, be it Maxwell House, Nescafe, Nabob, that Italian Espresso, Cappuccino, or lo and behold a demitasse of Greek Coffee? And yes, we are talking about our need for caffeine. Greeks enjoy coffee and there are Coffee shops everywhere in Greece.
Some Greeks do not say good morning until that first demitasse (flitzani - name for the coffee cup in Greek). In the good old days, a pleasant day began with a few cups early in the morning and ended with a nightcap at the town square.
Having coffee in a Greek Cafe is an event.
THE SOCIETY OF EPIRUS AWARD CEREMONY
The annual Society of Epirus Award Ceremony was held on Saturday, February 24, 2007 at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall.
The ceremony was very well attended with more than 500 people in the auditorium including: Bill Sklavos, of Evdomada Newspaper, Basilis Diamantopoulos, President of CHIR Radio Station, members of the clergy, government and various other organizations.
It is absolutely amazing to discover the various parts of the world that the Goudas line of products have travelled to.
Travellers have advised us of some of the locations where they have seen our products. One gentleman for example while travelling in Africa saw a discarded bag of Goudas Rice in Mozambique, and another traveller saw some of our products in an Hawaiian supermarket.
Panos Goudas recently travelled to Barbados only to discover in one of the stores - Panos Salt (one of the Goudas brands).
In this picture where the salt is evident, the lady still does not believe that the salt is named after him and that he is who he is, Panos Goudas.
It is 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2007. It is not unusual that I am sitting here at work. My hours have been re-arranged because my boss apparently works 29 hours a day. Anyway, tomorrow Thursday, March 29, 2007 he will be 65 years old.
Senor Alvaro Valverde and his wife are seen in the attachd photo.
They enjoyed a wonderful evening out. Mr. Goudas treated them to fine Greek dining, and of course, Greek Coffee.
Dole is the largest company in Central America and they do not only produce pineapples.
Could you just imagine what fruit combinations they must have been cooking up during dinner!
MISSION IN PERU
In the picture you can see Mr. Nicholas Kladitis and Ms. Basiliki Afaditis speaking with Mr.Goudas on their annual meeting discussing this year's donation to help fill a container for the Mission in Peru.
The attached photos depict a very special moment in the life of one of our employees. Livia Papadhimitri was featured at a concert at Victoria College, commemorating the occasion of her graduation.
She is an accomplished violinist and the concert was very well attended. She will continue her education at the University of Toronto in pursuit of her Teaching Certificate.
Congratulations and Good Luck from all of us at Goudas Foods.
The finalization of the process leading to the printing of The Biography involved a host of individuals.
Mr. Gristos Livanos, pictured here with Mr. Goudas was instrumental in assisting with final proofing of the book.
Mr. Livanos, like everyone involved, was quite pleased with the finished product.
Mr. Goudas, on the other hand, is way ahead of everyone in thinking:
Now what I am going to do with this book!!!!
Oceans Fresh Food Market has opened its doors at 150 West Drive in Brampton.
The store is unique, beautifully decorated and spacious. The atmosphere is friendly and there is ample parking.
There is an abundance of every item you may need on your shopping list from fresh live fish, meat, vegetables, juices, milk, eggs, cereal, even house wares and household items.
Today we celebrate Canada,s 140th Birthday.
Major celebrations are happening everywhere.
Mr. Goudas took a little time out to visit The Downsview Merchants Market, otherwise known as the Downsview flea market.
The weather was beautiful and instead of eating in, he decided to enjoy the sunshine and atmosphere of the day and had a sandwich outside.
As you may very well imagine our company receives many requests from agencies, individuals, committees, charities, etc. requesting donations.
Of course we cannot feed the whole world (although we wish that we could) but there are certain criteria that Mr. Goudas has a sense of.
In this particular instance, he promised, to help with respect to food needs the World Harvest Ministries, under the leadership of the founder, Pastor Maria A. Lawrence.
A local newspaper from Halifax, Nova Scotia, published an article by SHERRI BORDEN COLLEY in June 2007, regarding sugar.
Apparently, the article was meant to be a criticism.
It was very amateurish and tabloid in style.
As you all know by now, Mr. Goudas LOVES to play his harmonica.
Many times he plays his favourite songs on the computer and simultaneously improvises various accompaniments on the harmonica.
His employee Livia Papadhimitri, who is also a violin player, sometimes brings the violin to work since she occasionally has various musical commitments following her shift.
Creating the Snappy Pop line in such thirst quenching flavours such as: strawberry, banana, coconut, cream soda, pineapple, etc. is something the company has worked on and perfected over the years.
Things do not always go smoothly at the factory. For example, a depalletizer machine failed at producton time and thousands of bottles were squeezed or broken, leaving the entire factory idle for the whole day.
In the photo you can see Panos Goudas (on the right) trying to assess the damage and supervise the cleaning procedure. Uufff! It was not a good day for any of us.
This traditional department store is expanding its offerings including food.
The photo shows a section with an assortment of Goudas Food products to satisfy the needs of the various ethnic groups in the area.
Do not be surprised to see sections such as this in many more stores.
I was happy to find a large tent sale of your products at the Giant Tiger Store in Markham this past long weekend.
Your sales representative was very helpful in telling me about your products and contents of some of them (ie: sugar pure cane, not beet root).
I find your products great and buy them all the time and with the terrific prices at the sale I really stocked up.
Thanks again for the great products keep up the great work.....
Diana Coloiera a happy customer.
Finally! Whew! What a relief! I have finally sealed a deal to have print thousands of copies of my biography and booklets.
Seen here with Rohit Narang, who was able to come up with some unbelievable figures and finally made Mr. Goudas smile.
The Immigrant, the biography of Spyros Peter Goudas will finally be made available in print, along with the humour filled booklets.
Pick up a copy or two at your local grocery outlet.
At Goudas Foods, testing of products and dishes is not limited to adults only.
Kids are also part of the process. Their expert opinions are a big plus to Mr. Goudas.
They are sometimes fussy and finicky eaters, therefore, when they approve of an item, we can proudly state: Goudas on the label means good food on the table.
IS HE HAPPY OR WHAT?
Yes, man. This is what a grocery aisle should look like.
Full of Mr. Goudas products. Yes siree.
This store is located stategacilly in the York University area, Four Winds Drive at Sentinel and Finch.
It not only attracts the university students who love Mr. Goudas products, especially the ready meals, but also the new housing, and the many apartments and condominiums in the area.
With featured attraction of Watermelons for $1.00, and another time, bananas for 10 cents, many people thought he was crazy, but I guess he knew what he was doing.
Finally, the first copy of the Greek translation of The Immigrant was presented to Mr. Goudas by Tasos Gigas.
The translation into the Greek language took approximately seven months and involved quite a few people.
It is also contains 70 more pages than the English Version. There are no variations in the material.
The extra pages are due to the expressive Greek language.
Of course, Mr. Goudas was extremely happy that the task was finally completed.
Tamales, Arepas, Tortillas and Empanadas.
Juan Pablo, our volunteer translator and taste tester assured us that these Empanadas are muy bueno (very good).
He allowed Mr. Goudas to take this photo and translated his mother,s recipes for Mr. Goudas new Latino Masa Creations, one of a series of recipe booklets by the man himself.
We were surprised that after only three years in Canada from Colombia, he spoke perfect English.
He intends to become a doctor wheny he grows older.
We suggest you visit www.flyermall.com to view this booklet and many others in the series.
We wish Juan Pablo every success and hope his dream become a reality.
A long time friend and associate of our organization Fitzroy Anthony Gordon tied the knot to Marvette Marjorie Powell on September 9, 2007 at the Toronto East Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
The ceremony was very well attended due to his popularity within the community since he is the radio broadcaster for the Dr. Love show on CHIN Radio, additionally; he is also a sports caster.
Fitzroy has been a personal friend of Mr. Goudas for many years. He conducted many radio interviews including, one after the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
It is the face our foo foo expert.
She revealed to Mr. Goudas all the information in great detail for his book and recipe section, under foo foo.
Ms. Nellie was very happy to see her recipe pubished in the Goudas website.
During the business trip to Colombia which was very professionally executed by Proexport Colombia, Mr. Goudas had the opportunity to experience the county where business and pleasure shake hand with passion. He was able to meet many high profile individuals in the business sector.
Senorita Paula Puccini Lizarazo, whom he refers to as not just another pretty face, is the Export Manager for the largest oil factory in South America.
Senorita Lizarazo was treated to some at-home Canadian hospitality by Mr. Goudas during her visit to Toronto.
As some of you may know, some of the Mr. Goudas booklets with recipes and stories about products, have been circulating for trial purposes.
In this particular instance, we were at a flea market, where some of these booklets were distributed.
One fellow picked one up and started reading.
We were able to capture many of his face expressions as he was reading The Cow Foot Story which is filled with humour.
In one particular instance, as you can see in the pictures, this man could not hold his tears! And we mean tears of joy, of course.
After he finished reading the booklet, we asked him what he thought about it and he said that it was the best comedy he had ever read in his life.
This particular guy happened to be from Jamaica, so he could relate well with some authentic Jamaican words we have used throughout the book.
As you can see from the pictures, he obviously found the story hilarious!
Click on the picture and the image will enlarge, it will be followed by a series of photos.
Mr. Goudas has just created his recipe for Pasta. We took quite a few pictures to demonstrate the finished product and they have been incorporated into the booklet appropriately titled, PASTA.
To demonstrate the art of enjoying Spaghetti A Lo Oilio, we enlisted the help of Stephen, the son of one of our salespeople.
Check out recipe in the Recipe Section of this website.
Mr. Goudas has also created over 30 Booklets with recipes and stories.
You may view them on http://www.flyermall.com/recipe/recipe.html.
Goudas on the label means good food on the table.
To however has read the Mr. Goudas biography, or the Kouklas story article posted on the article section of the Mr. Goudas website, there is now an official booklet (as seen in the picture) that has just been published.
This booklet is already displayed in many stores and it is part of the overall Mr. Goudas collection, with 22 different booklets, as of now.
The Koukla, Irma and Tiger story, is the subject of animal lovers, humane society members, and people who plan to adopt a dog or cat and want to know more about the animal.
There is a new setup at GIANT TIGER SUPERMARKET (682 Kennedy rd, Scarborough) which awaits to serve every loyal Mr. Goudas customer with numerous displayed products.
In the picture, you can view an assortment of Goudas Foods varieties at your service
There is a new setup at Lawrence supermarket (on 1635 Lawrence Ave. West, on the intersection of Lawrence and Allen Rd) ready to serve customers.
Steven, the grocery manager is very proud for the setup and is proudly anticipating the Mr. Goudas brand customers to visit his store.
What you see in the picture is the back cover of the booklet titled "The Latino Masa Creations". For those of you who may be wondering what "Mierda" means, this is the Spanish word for "shit".
This picture was edited to complement the story. The participants and graphic artist had fun creating the scene for your amusement.
This story is meant to make you laugh so please do not take it seriously. It simply adds to the humour of the story included in the narrative.
We assure you that once you read this complete story, you will enjoy the following benefits: you will laugh a lot; you will learn about another culture; and you may be prompted to try the recipes included.
In fact, most of us, along with visitors, and specialists in every category of the food industry are subjected to the Goudas Taste Tests. This is a sometimes, daily or weekly occurrence.
Therefore, our logo, Goudas on the label means good food on the table is true in every sense of the word.
If it is not good enough for us, it is not good enough for you either.
Many recipes have been created and posted in the Recipe Section after passing the test at this table.
After a short hiatus, the Mr. Goudas line of products will once again be available for your shopping pleasure at your local Sobeys.
Obviously, it will take some time to restock the shelves with products based on the demographics of the area, however a team of retail specialists from both Sobeys and Goudas Foods are working to ensure that the selection of products will reflect the multicultural face of Canada.
As you may know, Sobeys is one of the leading grocery chains across Canada and the organization also owns Price Chopper, Foodland, IGA, Knectels, Lumsden and other subsidiaries.
Just when you thought that Mr. Goudas would run out of ideas, he surprises us again.
What does the Man for All Seasonings do in his spare time? He works very hard at creating something different.
We are pleased to present you with a photo display of his hobby. Click on the picture and wait a for a few seconds to see all the book covers.
CREATING INTERESTING DISHES using as the base ingredients, a specific line of products under the Mr. Goudas label...Ha ha ha! What did you expect?!!!
The first copies were distributed to all employees. Of course, each was personally autographed by the man himself.
They were all very happy to realize that they were the first to receive signed copies.
In addition to the biography, The Immigrant, they received 22 booklets, already printed with different recipes and stories.
The booklets will be available at retail outlets very shortly.
The delicious results could be seen in the photo.
The story of the 300 Spartans, around 480 B.C., is well known to everyone. However, there is very little knowledge of any of their descendants. We happen to know one, and his name is Ananias Karahanidis.
Ananias obtained his International Business degree at the University of Chicago. During one of Mr. Goudas visits to Chicago, he was introduced to Ananias and felt that this gentleman, with his wonderful personality and poise, would make a great addition as a supplier to Goudas Foods, in the category of Olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Eventually, Ananias took over his fathers business in Greece, and became a supplier of Goudas Foods.
Mr. Goudas is a regular at this location. Whether it is visiting and performing with Dr. Phil, Band-in-a-box, distributing his biography, The Immigrant and 30 booklets or simply popping in to say hello to the people.
Here we see Lily one of the owners of the market, and Mr. Goudas.
Downsview Flea Market is open every weekend 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There are over 500 vendors and is a family friendly place, complete with a food court.
Located on the old air force base at Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue in Toronto, Ontario.
You may visit flyermall and click on Downsview Flea Market link to obtain a first hand look.
There are no words to describe the loss of a loved one.
And there is nothing that could replace the void created.
For over forty years, at exactly 12 midnight Sunday (Canada time and 7:00 a.m. Monday in Greece), Spyros Peter Goudas placed a long distance call to speak to his aunt, Alexandra, his oldest relative, at which time she was having her early morning Greek Coffee It was a special moment with they both looked forward to.
Some of the employees have been working with the company even before Panos was born. Others, came along and watched him grow up. To the long term employees, he is that little boy who played around the plant, or visited after school, and eventually began working among them. At the age of 5 when he was able to start the forklift and because his feet were not long enough to press the brake, he would shout RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY. In fact, some did not only run away, but sped out of his way.
Today, along with the new employees on the production line, they all participated in the celebration of his 29th birthday..
They watched Panos grow into a smart and diligent young man who has become an integral part of the organization.
This little duckling popped into the world on the grassy area outside our warehouse.
Mr. Goudas loves all animals and took advantage of the opportunity to welcome it into the world.
The ducklings first words were: I am so hungry. I want some Mr. Goudas Rice
Mother and babies are doing well.
It also happened to be Father,s Day. Every one had a very good time.
In fact, someone came with the bright idea to form a registry with the names of the children as future employees of Goudas Foods. The kids loved the idea and it was amazing at the range of different occupations they wanted to register for: mechanics, managers, sales lady, chief engineer, but the best was the little boy who simply wanted to be THE BIG BOSS.
You can even mix and match.
When Mr. Goudas comes up with an idea, it is an event.
We actually taste and eat the products before they arrive on the grocery shelf, and eventually, your dining table.
Even visitors and specialists in every category of the food industry are subjected to the Goudas Taste Tests.
This is a regular routine.
Therefore, our logo, Goudas on the label means good food on the table, is true in every sense of the word.
Because, Mr. Goudas always listens very carefully to all the comments in his computer head.
If it is not good enough for us, it is not good enough for you either.
Many recipes have been created and posted in the Recipe Section after passing the test at this table.
Even the young and the young at heart love his work.
The Koukla Story is a favourite with the kids.
Here we see two young girls enjoying reading about Koukla.
Haroot Sarkissian, an associate to Goudas Foods in the distribution of Middle Eastern Foods, and a long time friend of Mr. Goudas, took one of the biggest steps in his life.
In a beautiful traditional Armenian-style double wedding, Haroot said Oh Yes I Do to Sona and his brother, Berge did the same with Hayganosh.
The brides, two beauties from Armenia, were ravishing in their gowns. The mother of the grooms was overjoyed.
Mr. Goudas states that usually brides are beautiful, but these two brides radiated an extra special beauty.
A distribution commpany dispatched a refrigerated trailer to our location. In the process of unloading, the front legs of the container collapsed out of the blue. Fortunately, and thank God, no one was hurt.
Two heavy duty crains were utilized to lift it up to enable our maintenance people to weld the legs back into place.
It was a tremendous exercise in team work.
Dr. Phil Band-In-A-Box
Dr. Phil describes himself as a one person, single entertainer.
He is a one man band, proficient at many types of music and provides professional instrumental as well as vocal live musical entertainment.
His range is very diversified and is available for event bookings
You may find all the information you need, together with an array of photos of Dr. Phil exhibiting his talents on the main page of flyermall.com.
Armando Viola,s name pops up occasionally in the Goudas organization.
For example, in the March 23, 1973 Events Section, in Mr, Goudas, biography, titled, The Immigrant, and the article Guess Who Is Coming Back to Sobeys, January 2, 2008.
Over the years, whenever Mr. Goudas narrated a story about how he began, etc., etc., Armando,s name was always mentioned.
As we all know, Mr. Goudas knows many, many people. Some of them are competitors, some are back stabbers, and some considered to be personal friends and supporters of this organization, a group which includes Armando.
Many people think which is sweeter.
Ms. Lotta is 6.5 feet tall and according to many should be hired by the RCMP.
Byron Lee passed away on November 4, 2008, at age 73.
What does www.goudasfoods.com have in common with an entertainer?
Please refer to the article written for the Indo Caribbean Newspaper in 1997, and page 78 of The Immigrant, Mr. Goudas biography, you will notice that Byron Lee and the Dragonaires are mentioned.
Upon learning that Byron Lee had passed away, Mr. Goudas paused for a moment, and a sudden sadness overcame him.
We had this fish for lunch today at the office and we thought it would be great to take a picture and post it here to let you know that we have over 150 wonderful recipes including pictures, ingredients and step by step instructions on creating these masterpieces.
Obviously this was not an overnight accomplishment. It was very intensive work for many people, including Mr.Goudas himself.
Many of them are written in a comedic format. New cooks and experienced chefs will have fun while experimenting with our recipes
We suggest if you have the time to visit the Recipe Section of our website.
Most of the cook books out there are stealing recipes and ideas from one another, even in Google you will realize that most of them are similar to one another.
You will find our recipe section unique, innovative, detailed, practical and entertaining.
Enjoy cooking with us.
It was a happy reunion event.
The highlight of the evening was meeting Mr. Nikos Zabliaris with whom he played a game of Backgammon. Although it was not a very lucky day for Nikos, Mr. Goudas believes that he is one of the top players of this game.
Mr. Zabliaris arrived in Canada in 1952 and worked as a Chartered Accountant all his life.
Of course, he retired at the age of 65.
Today at age 92, he is the president and long standing member of the Association.
He is still physically and mentally alert and has not missed a single day from the club.
The governments of Quebec and Canada have awarded him for his contribution to the World War II efforts against the aggressors at the Albanian border, where he served as a Major.
You do not have to be an Einsten or a rock scientist to figure out how old Mr.Goudas is. His date of birth and age has been published everywhere.
In fact, at one association function the announcer, when introducing Mr. Goudas, referred to him as crabby old man.
There is some truth in this statement because, as I am writing this, I have to take it a one step farther and raise it to double crabby. (Hopefully, I still have a job.)
Sometimes you walk into the aisle at the supermarket and see a display of Basmati Rice. Then you discover that the bag does not state Goudas anywhere. So, obviously, you are at a loss because you know rice is Goudas and Goudas is rice.
So you wonder about Lion King Basmati rice, or Pride of Himalaya, Jewel of the Indies, Golden Saffron, etc., etc.
All of them plus more, are part of the label verification and belong to the Goudas line of products.
MR. GOUDAS WAS HOMELESS AT ONE TIME ??
The following incident is real.
Earlier today, Mr. Goudas was leaving the office when he encountered a former employee. This individual asked him if he could drop him off at a particular location. Upon reaching the destination, Mr. Goudas realized that it was a church building, the location of a food bank.
His curiosity was aroused, and after dropping off the former employee, he parked his vehicle and went into the building.
This year,s awards for the best students was held at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall.
As always, the event was very well attended.
This year,s event was exceptional.
Five students were awarded for excellence.
Award recipients from prior years were in attendance, some of whom are employed in their fields of study.
We extended our sincerest congratulations and good luck for a life time of health and happiness to a long-standing member of the Goudas organization.
Maria tied the knot with Nikolay on Saturday, February 28, 2009. The ceremony took place at Saints Cyril and Methody Cathedral.
It was beautiful traditional Bulgarian ceremony since both the bride and groom are from Bulgaria.
Mr. Goudas had the honour of walking the beautiful bride up the aisle. And, as all brides are, Maria was radiant.
You may view the full ceremony on www.flyermall.com under the praying hands icon, at the bottom of the main page and click on the picture of the Cathedral.
As you can see, at Goudas Foods we never sleep. There is always something new, a new product, a new book, a new recipe, a new store opening, etc., etc,
In fact it has been suggested that when you call 911 in the future, the operator should state, do you want to contact the police, fire department, amubulance or Goudas.
Of course, this reflects the company, but the reality is that Mr. Goudas himself, always comes up with something new.
In this instance, he had just completed the new version of The Lima Beans booklet, when an idea for a commercial came into his mind.
Mr. Goudas is introducing the most famous of all fruits into his line of products: The Olive.
From the beginning of time the word Olive has been. The olive branch brought to Noah after the Flood by a dove, The Sermon on Mount Olive.
The olive is also recorded in Greek Mythology relating to Homer in the Odyssey, and Athena and Poseidon. It is even mentioned in the Quaran.
Olives are synonymous with Greece, the Mediterranean region, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Italy and Iran.
Many people have written Mr. Goudas letters about one issue or another, comments about products, compliments or even complaints.
Nevertheless, one fellow sent him the following and by the time you read it, you will definitely remember the Mr. Goudas Lunchbox.
And by the way, it is very, very, very good.
The beautiful girl you see in the picture on the can of Spaghetti is Katharine Sprague.
Maybe you have recognized her from the article of March 2, 1998, on this site.
As stated in that previous article, Katharine ended up in the hospital for some time and finally, after a long time she recovered.
Today, more than 10 years later, she is studying at the Canadian Institute of Culinary Arts in P.E.I in her second year of a four year program.
She has forwarded this recent picture from P.E.I advising Mr. Goudas that soon she will graduating and intends to join forces with us and with her father who is one of the best Food Scientist in the country.
We await her graduation with anticipation in anticipation of having another generation of dedication to bringing you the best the world has to offer.
He originated from England and joined Goudas Foods in the 80,s at the McCormack location.
Over the years, Gerry demonstrated his ability to wear several hats and deal with all employees in an excellent and professional manner.
In one filmed interview, Gerry stated that life with Mr. Goudas was like this, some mornings in our regular meetings to brief him on production, I felt like choking Mr. Goudas to death because he is so demanding.
Nevertheless, Mr. Goudas sent him and his wife on a vacation to the Greek islands, not only to view the beautiful scenery and learn about Greek traditions, but also to learn how to make a good cup of Greek Coffee.
From now on, he will be working minimum hours to ensure that those assuming the responsibilities of his position are adequately trained to assume command.
As for Mr. Goudas, he is going to miss the opportunity to give sh#@t to someone early in the morning.
In reality, Gerry will be missed; after all, he has been a part of the Goudas organization for many, many years.
Mr. Goudas and all Goudas Foods employees wish him the very best.
It seemed like only yesterday we were celebrating the 65th birthday of the Man for all seasonings, etc., Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas.
It is now two years later. March 29, 2009 fell on a Sunday. As usual, he was at work.
It was an unusually cold spring morning.
Two Canada Geese, (probably Limping John and a friend), stopped by to say Happy Birthday.
Koula, ever present, kept very close.
Mon Amour is the latest addition in the life of Mr.Goudas.
She is a beautiful, sleek and elegant Siamese cat given to Mr. Goudas as a present at Christmas time as a replacement for Tiger who seemed to have just disappeared.
You may read the beautiful write up which introduces Mon Amour and the effects on his life since he lost his pet poodle, Koukla, Irma and Tiger, the cat.
OLD RELATIONSHIPS NEVER DIE
Should you have the time to visit the Archives Section, Christmas Party 1995 link, then you will see Mr. Goudas speaking to his employees about a gentleman who came from Peru for a visit to Canada.
Since then, of course, the relationship with Senor Alfonso Velasquez has developed over the years.
His company has canned different products for Goudas Foods. Some of them include Pigeon peas or Congo peas, Lima beans, etc.
But did you know that Mr. Goudas Flour and Sugar can produce the best cake, pastries and cookies in the whole wide world.
Well, here is the evidence. Everyone is happy and returned for left overs.
Mr.Goudas line include items you need for your sweet tooth: flour, sugar, almond extract, mixed essence, baking powder, icing sugar, condensed milk, rose water, vanilla extract, etc., etc.
Here is a current picture of Sypros Peter Goudas.
With the eye floaters gone, his strength returning from his back issue that had him incapicated from a sneezing accident, he is feeling much better now.
Needless to say, during the last few years he was working more than ever before in spite of the pain in his back, to create quite a few more products which you have seen, or maybe even purchased, at the supermarkets, along with some other products ready to be launched.
Maria celebrates another birthday in the company of her favourite personality and fellow employees.
With over 20 years in the Goudas Foods establishment, Maria has indefinitely postponed retirement.
For those of you not familiar with her and her unusual working hours, you may read more about her in Miracles Still Do Happen and Latino Masa Creations stories.
Happy 65++ Birthday, Maria.
The above is a direct quote from the booklet entitled, Canada Geese, written by Spyros Peter Goudas, aka Mr. Goudas, two years ago.
Well, some of them have returned!
These two Canada Geese strolled into the lobby of our corporate office and stood directly in front of the book display.
Maybe they heard about how famous they had become after the booklet was published.
Mr. Goudas was thrilled to see them. We are sure they knew that they were welcome.
Not even Koukla's presence prevented them from popping in to say hello.
You may obtain a copy of this booklet, and any of the other 30, at selected supermarkets. Or, on the main page of flyermall.com.
Galati, Highland Farm, Zellers and hundreds of independent stores have the privilege of displaying the best olives the world have ever known.
They olives have been selected, hand picked and packaged specifically for the Mr. Goudas label.
You can always depend on Mr. Goudas to bring the best to you.
This display of our new addition was taken at the Zellers store at Overlea Boulevard.
A Friendly reminder from Goudas Foods: If these products are not available at the store where you presently do your shopping, then ask the manager to order them for you.
If your request is not met, that means that you may have to consider changing store.
MR. GOUDAS GRAPE LEAVES
For some time, Goudas Foods carried a line of products referred to as Grape Leaves.
As a multicultural company, we have incorporated foods for basically all nationalities.
Grape leaves have been used for centuries in the cuisine of Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Albania, Lebanon, and other Mediterranean countries.
In their homeland, these people would pick the soft grape leaves fresh from the vine and stuff them with rice (for vegetarians), and with mincemeat. This was then boiled or steamed and used as an aperitif (appetizer), or as a main dish.
For anyone who read the event of November 14, 2005 titled The Toughest Man on Earth, you probably know what the name Montini means.
Goudas Foods had utilized the Montini truck for delivery and according to Mr. Goudas himself, it was of great personal significane to him to have a part of the Montini era around to remind him of his long friendship with Lenio.
Unfortunately, the truck was beyond repair and finally, it had to be scrapped.
For Mr. Goudas, parting with this truck was like removing a part of history.
Hopefully, the memory of Lenio Montini will always be dear to Mr. Goudas andevryone who was familiar with him and his products.
Montini products were no doubt an Italian tradition and was a household name to millions of customers.
Two years ago, each time it rained and when the snow melted, one of the secretaries complained that she felt something dropping on her head.
The next year she said she needs to take singing lessons to sing along to Gene Kelley, song, Singing in the rain.
The experts were called in and advised that we had a roof problem.
This photo was taken approximately two years ago during one of our regular Saturday afternoon luncheons.
In the picture is Livia Papadhimitri , Antonio Figola, Bernadette Scott, Mr. Goudas, Panos Goudas, Megan and Doug McCulough.
Are you wondering what Bougatsa is all about.
This particular dessert is very popular in Turkey, Greece and the middle eastern countries.
Although we do not carry a line of Bougatsas, the ingredients are part of our business.
Additionally, Mr. Goudas loves Bougatsa. So finally, he has provided you with another booklet, called The Bougatsa Story.
Ms. Despina Sinanis, an expert in the preparation of this dessert, has honoured us with her Bougatsa recipe.
The taste is even better.
This recipe was not incorporated into the How to Cook Rice, Any Variety Booklet.
Since the booklet has already been published, we cannot change it.
Really, really, this plate of Black Eye Peas and Rice is very enticing.
The secret is that the Black Eye Peas must be cooked longer than the rice.
Too much black eye peas will overwhelm the rice.
Or you can simply add a portion of the already cooked black eye peas in the can to your favourite rice.
Try it. You will definitely like it.
Mr. Goudas is elated to re-introduce his line of oils and oil blends in the old-fashioned can format which is very popular in Europe, specifically, Italy and Spain.
It is common knowledge that southern Europeans believe oil, not exposed to sunlight, has more stability and yields the perfect taste, colour and aroma.
Soon you will see these designer cans at your local supermarket.
The photos are engraved on the surface of the cans.
They are so beautiful!
Mr. Goudas recommends after using the oil, open the top, place some soil into the can and plant your favourite flowers.
He truly believes that they are beautiful enough for you to use as a decoration around your home.
Nevertheless, the picture was not taken in Siberia but right here in Toronto, Canada on June 18th.
He was asked to sample the Misko line of pastas that Goudas Foods is distributing into the Canadian market.
Always full of humour, he decided to put his winter clothing on for the picture since the temperature this month was so unpredictable.
The photo turned out wonderfully, and show how much he is enjoying the pasta in spite of the chill outside.
Misko pasta will warm up your tastebuds too.
You will find the Misko line of pastas in more and more stores as the demand increase through the Goudas Foods distribution network.
Livia Papadhimitri a long time employee and the famous violin-playing partner of Mr. Goudas tied the knot with beau, Sergio on August 2, 2009.
Livia Papadhimitri is absolutely glowing and a radiant bride.
The happiness shows on her face. Congratulations and good luck to Livia and Sergio from the entire Goudas organization. We sincerely wish them a lifetime of happiness and wedded bliss.
Mr. Goudas loves photo opportunities as you can see.
Olive Tree is not a booklet to be read and forgotten.
It contains a wealth of information for Olive and Olive Oil lovers.
This booklet was written by Spyros Peter Goudas for his esteemed customers and for those individuals who wish to know more about different kinds of Olives and Olive Oil quality recognition.
After reading this booklet, an individual will have mastered the art of recognising good qulaity Olive oil.
Click below to read the booklet.
Please click here to read the Oilve Tree Booklet
We thought that this would be a good to introduce our step-by-step, picture format cooking instructions.
It has been designed in such a way that even those new to cooking will feel comfortable following the recipe to completion.
After all, a picture says a thousand words.
We are certain that you will enjoy the results.
please click here to read the Stuffed Vegetable Booklet which contains the recipe and illustrated step by step pictures for your convenience
Here is Kevin!
Mari finally dropped by to show off her baby boy.
Kevin, healthy, happy and hungry came to say hello to Mr. Goudas and staff.
Congratulations to Mari and Nikolay.
Mr. Goudas already has him as a candidate for the new generation sales force.
Mari is enjoying her maternity leave.
Best wishes to the whole family, from the whole Goudas organization.
You may also view Mr. Goudas giving the bride away Februay 29, 2009.