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Company Profile

Epirotic Bottling Industry S.A. (VIKOS S.A.) is a family business that was founded in 1990 and is one of the most renowned and reputable companies in the bottled water market. VIKOS S.A. is a Greek company that started business in 1992 by bottling Natural Mineral Water “Vikos”, from the homonymous source and distributing it to the Greek and foreign markets, whilst maintaining its position of main supplier to the largest supermarket chains.

 “Vikos”, “ZAGOROCHORIA” and “hyas” Natural Mineral Water are bottled at the homonymous sources at the company’s factories in Perivleptos, Kalpaki and Kallianoi respectively, using the latest machinery and without any human intervention or other processing throughout the procedure, from pumping until distribution. Additionally, in 2014 and as a result of two years of intensive research and development, the company entered the refreshments market with the launch of 8 different flavours and created a whole new product category, Vikos” Natural Mineral Refreshments.

“Vikos” Natural Mineral Refreshments are the only refreshments with Natural Mineral Water. They are produced at the company’s plant in Kalpaki, Ioannina, using as their main ingredient "ZAGOROCHORIA" Natural Mineral Water directly from the source without any processing, as well as juice from Greek fruit and our own special recipes and flavours! The product line was further enhanced in 2017 with 3 more flavours with a low glycemic index and sweetener from the stevia plant, Vikos Cola stevia, Vikos Orangeade stevia and Vikos Lemonade stevia.

VIKOS S.A. operates four modern factories that have a vertically integrated manufacturing process. Two factories (Perivleptos and Kalpaki) bottle water and refreshments in the traditional and strictly protected district of Zagorochoria (which is protected by Π.Δ 26-9-1979), in Epirus, Greece, the third factory, PETCOM Plastics, is located in the Industrial Area of Ioannina and manufactures PET preforms and closures for the packaging of water, refreshments and milk whereas the fourth factory, that was recently purchased by the company, is located in Kalianoi, Corinth and bottles water.

On its own premises, covering 65,800m2, situated in an area of 223 acres, the company employs a staff of 300, utilizes 7 water sources and operates 30 production lines, of which 13 production lines bottle water and soft drinks, with a production capacity of 441,600 litres/hour and 17 produce preforms and caps at PETCOM Plastics.

“VIKOS” and “ZAGOROCHORIA” sources are certified as Natural Mineral Water sources (Identification No. Y2/oik. 478/12.02.96 and DYG2GP113256/17.10.06 respectively). Directly from these sources and without undergoing any process the homonymous Natural Mineral Waters “Vikos” and “ZAGOROCHORIA” are bottled. The 3rd source –the “Sepeta” source- (Authorization No. : 4971/16-4-1997 / D.Y.I.) is used to bottle table water “AB”, “GARGARO”, “EVIVA” and “MARATA” which are distributed to AB Vassilopoulos, METRO, LIDL AND SKLAVENITIS, supermarkets, respectively. 

Since 1992, when the company started operation, the quality of water from production to distribution and the relationship of mutual respect and credibility with the partners have served Epirotic Bottling Industry’s primary objective.

All products are manufactured according to the strictest European Union standards and are distinguished for their high quality.

ISO 9001/2008

The company has been certified with HACCP (standard Codex Alimentarius 1997) and ISO 9001/2000 since February 2000, with ISO 14001/2004 since March 2003 with IFS/ver 6: Apri 2014 since March 2009 and with OHSAS 18000:2007 since December 2016. All certifications have been awarded by the International Accredited Certification Body “Lloyd's Register” which undertakes six-month surveillance visits to monitor the implementation, effectiveness and development of the Quality Assurance Management Systems

This ensures and demonstrates the company's commitment to offering high quality products and services while protecting the environment.

HACCP

VIKOS S.A. was the first company in the Greek water bottling market to acquire a HACCP certificate (management system for assurance of hygiene, food safety and control of critical control points during the manufacturing process) in February 2000, according to the Codex Alimentarius 1997.  

Additionally, in 2002, and in order to enhance customer service and ensure efficient market coverage during peak season, VIKOS S.A. established subsidiary company IQ BRANDS with distribution and logistic centres in Athens and Thessaloniki. I.Q Brands is further supported by an experienced 25 man sales team which covers the whole of Greece. The privately owned premises, in Metamorfosi Attikis, covering 4.400m2 in an area of 11 acres have been constructed using materials that offer impermeability and insulation, maintaining the requisite conditions for storing bottled water. Accordingly, in Northern Greece, our products are distributed from our logistic centre in Kalochori, Thessaloniki that is located on privately owned premises, covering 1.200m2 in an area of 10 acres. The products are distributed by privately owned trucks in order to provide direct services.

All the above exertions led "Vikos" Natural Mineral Water to the top of the Natural Mineral Water market with a 21,1% (in litres) market share. A position it has held since 2006.

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