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Founder and President
Key West Gourmet Foods Inc

Managing Director
Key West Gourmet Foods Inc

Founder and President and Director of Innovation
Key West Gourmet Foods (Canada) Inc.

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Innovia Films - Media Archive

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George Gelakis (president & founder, Key West Gourmet Foods), Roslyn Smith and Christopher Tom (Innovia Films) with the PAC Awards 2009

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According to Key West Gourmet Foods Founder and President, George Gelakis, "Key West Gourmet Foods began researching sustainable packaging options three years ago. Our goal was to reduce the company's overall packaging footprint and to use sustainable materials wherever possible. The ingredients used in e.a.t.® are also sustainably sourced - with the guiding principle that all e.a.t.® products must be sustainable inside and out. Mr Gelakis is enthusiastic about receiving the award and noted, "We chose NatureFlex™ because it is made from fully sustainable resources and is non-food based.


PAC Information

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FlexoGlobal News

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Left to right - George Gelakis (president & founder, Key West Gourmet Foods), Roslyn Smith and Christopher Tom (Innovia Films)

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According to Key West Gourmet Foods Founder and President, George Gelakis, "Key West Gourmet Foods began researching sustainable packaging options three years ago. Our goal was to reduce the company's overall packaging footprint and to use sustainable materials wherever possible. The ingredients used in e.a.t.® are also sustainably sourced - with the guiding principle that all e.a.t.® products must be sustainable inside and out.
Mr Gelakis is enthusiastic about receiving the award and noted, "We chose NatureFlex™ because it is made from fully sustainable resources and is non-food based.


Key West Gourmet Foods - e.a.t.Blog® Environmental and Tasty

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Founder of Key West Gourmet Foods, the e.a.t.® brand , and an active blogger, George Gelakis seeks to create discussion on the creation of a new business model that includes sustainability as a central theme, while exploring the various issues facing the environment, our health and happiness, good living, and much more.


Key West Gourmet Foods

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The creative enterprise known as Key West Gourmet Foods was founded in 1997 by George Gelakis.

While operating a successful seafood restaurant in Key West, Florida, Gelakis became aware of a potentially rewarding business opportunity.Throughout the year, thousands of tourists would visit his restaurant in Key West, and many would ask to have their Thermos® or Tupperware® filled with Conch Chowder to take back with them.Originally a Bahamian delicacy, Conch was a principal meat diet of the early English settlers in Key West, and Conch Chowder had become a popular local specialty.
A self-taught chef with a great passion for authentic cuisine, Gelakis identified that his patrons were hungry for unique menu ideas to enjoy at home.
Using customer feedback aided by specially designed in-house questionnaires, Gelakis refined this regional delicacy until deciding to leave the restaurant business in 1995, determined to build a company that would create a new brand of premium food products for discriminating consumers.
With little manufacturing expertise and lots of entrepreneurial spirit, Gelakis spent the next few years consulting with industry experts, developing new product formulations, and conducting numerous tests involving many different packaging formats and production techniques.Conch Chowder proved particularly challenging to manufacture and would require a specialized method of production in order to retain the homemade quality devotees had become used to.
In 1997, Gelakis proudly introduced his first product to the marketplace, and a new brand was born: Key West Conch ChowderÔ.
Our World Begins At Your TableÔ
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Their marketing program invited consumers to Discover Great ChowderÔ and Gelakis could be seen regularly appearing at in-store product demonstrations and promotional events enthusiastically passing out chowder samples and chatting with customers.
Ultimately, however, the foil laminate pouch inhibited greater appeal because it was not microwavable.The public had voiced their desire for a more convenient method of preparation.
Armed with valuable comments from both consumers and retailers, Gelakis commissioned the design of an attractive new microwavable package and re-introduced the Key West Gourmet Foods product line by adding two new items in 2002.
Key West Curried Shrimp ChowderÔ and Key West Crab ChowderÔ represent a logical extension for Key West Gourmet Foods, and a continuation of the same philosophy Gelakis began his culinary odyssey with.
"Americans love Caribbean cooking, and they especially love foods that are unique and flavorful" he declares.

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