KYKNOS lifecycle

Perfection lies in the details. To ensure the best possible final product we put everything under our microscope beginning from the field all the way to the market shelf.

Fields for the cultivation of tomatoes under the optimal conditions.

Our field

Our tomato fields, in the sunny valley of Elia region, are the ideal place for growing tomatoes. All our agricultural practices are eco-friendly and promote biodiversity. All production is free of any chemical residuals.

In 2005 we were the first company in Greece to be certified for integrated crop management for the industrial tomato that we process. The tomato fields are constantly monitored by our agricultural department. Every single intervention on the field is agreed on both by farmers and company’s agricultural department. Our mutual goal is to obtain secure, high quality products with the minimum negative impact on the environment.

Bunch of fresh tomatoes. High quality seeds in the hand of a farmer.

Our seed

We have always been meticulous about the origin of our seeds. Our seeds are strictly non-GM and belong to varieties that are suitable for the climate and soil characteristics of the area.

The tomatoes grown in the Elia valley are famous for their superb taste and aroma. To maximize our final product quality, harvesting takes place at peak ripeness and tomato is canned within 6 hours maximum.

The specialized staff of the large KYKNOS family. Farmers collect produce from fields.

Our people

From day one, people have been our main asset. To them we attribute every company’s achievement.

We support professional as well as personal development of our people, we encourage teamwork and praise ethos and honesty.

On these values we have built a stable, lifelong relationship with our people. All 55 partner producers we work with are members of the wider KYKNOS family. Our long term collaboration gives them a stable annual income. This way we support the rural population of our area. Our agricultural department works closely with them in order to produce safe high quality crops.

 

Birds flying.

The environment

We do our best to ensure our business has minimum impact on the environment. For this purpose, the company has adopted an innovative management system to contribute to product retrieval and recycling.

All KYKNOS product packages are fully recyclable and market with the “green dot” logo. We collaborate with 16 different bodies, all of them authorized by the Greek Recycling Organization, to implement recycling of all materials, from machinery parts to factory lubricants and office ink cartridges. All factory waste is recycled.

These figures demonstrate our efforts to operate in an eco-friendly way:

In the last 5 years we have achieved:

  • 10% less fuel oil consumption
  • 15% less power consumption
  • 500.000m3 less water consumption per year
  • Icon of factory waste recycling. At Kyknos, all our factory waste is recycled (and we’re proud about it!)
  • Icon of biological cleaning of water. We also use an extremely efficient biological system that purifies the water used in the factory
  • Icon of environmental footprint reduction. This has resulted in a reduction of our carbon footprint by 1500 τv CO2 per year
Exhibit of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Museum that is funded by KYKNOS.

Corporate social responsibility

Apart from supporting local communities socially and financially, the company sponsors the Greek “Food Bank”, the largest foundation in Greece to combat hunger (traptrof.gr).

The company participates in scientific research programmes, investigating the health benefits of lycopene (www.lycocard.com ), a compound naturally found in tomatoes.

KYKNOS is the main sponsor of The “V. Papantoniou” Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF) a privately supported foundation and museum based in Nafplion,Greece. It was founded in 1974, and its aim is the research, preservation, study and presentation of the material culture of the Peloponnese, as well as of the whole of Greece (www.pli.gr)

Last but not least, the company offers a blood bank for its employees and their families.

Logos of the Greek Food Bank, the lycocard and the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Museum which KYKNOS has supported.