Ron Fanfair

Peter Goudas (Σπύρος Πήτερ Γούδας) - the driving force behind the Goudas line of ethic food products - has been presented with the 1993 Greater Toronto New Canadian Entrepreneur award.

"I feel extremely proud to know that the federal government has recognized the important role that ethnic businessmen are playing in the society," said the Greek-born Goudas, shortly after receiving the prestigious award at a ceremony at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.

The line of Goudas products has expanded from zero - to 385 products which grace the shelves of such popular grocery chains as No frills and Food City.

His suppliers can be found in 120 countries around the world. They include Jamaica, which provides ackee, jerk seasoning, carrot juice, grapefruit drinks, crackers and sauces; Guyana, which supplies hot curry, and Trinidad, from which comes pepper sauces.

Together with the Barbadian - born wife, Patricia - who manages the company's order processing and accounting departments- Peter Goudas has built the Goudas Food Company into a booming empire, geared towards Canada's large ethnic population.

The Primary market is the West Indian Community, with whose activities he has long been associated.

A Caribana enthusiast, he produced 10,000 packets of rice and gave them away at the 1975 parade and he has also been a sponsor of mas?bands at the festival, and in 1990 sponsored a float.

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