Strategic alliance between PALIRRIA Group and VNK Capital was formally completed

Mr Dimitris Vidakis – Appointed as CEO of Palirria Group of Companies

16/5/2019: The Management of the Palirria Group of Companies, committed to its aim to establish PALIRRIA as an ambassador of the Greek and Mediterranean cuisine at a global level, has recently concluded the Strategic Partnership Agreement with VNK Capital.

Following the conclusion of this strategic partnership, Mr Dimitris Vidakis was appointed CEO of the group of companies.

Mr. Vidakis started his professional career in 1989 and he has worked in seven different countries, gaining in this way a versatile experience throughout his career.

Prior to PALIRRIA, Mr Vidakis worked for KORRES as CEO of the group since 2011. He started his career from Coca-Cola Hellenic as General Manager for Poland. In 2006 he became the General Manager for Coca-Cola, Tria Epsilon Greece and also the CEO for Tsakiris and ELXYM.

Prior to Coca-Cola Hellenic, Mr. Vidakis has worked for Unilever. During his 15 years with the group, he moved from the post of Managing Director for the Ice Cream division in Czech Republic & Slovakia, to a Regional Director for seven markets including Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Russia, Slovakia and Czech Republic. His last post with the Group was that of the Managing Director for Ice Cream and Frozen Food in Austria.

We welcome Mr Vidakis to PALIRRIA, and we are convinced that with his long international experience and outstanding leadership skills, he will contribute to the development of new prospects for an even further growth of the company at an International Level.


Palirria is currently the leading Greek exporter of ready-to-eat meals and is No1 Dolma producer in the world. The total production exceeds 20,000 tons per year and more than 1,600,000 dolmas are produced in hand daily.

The group employs more than 1,500 employees on a permanent basis, in production unites in Greece and abroad. Palirria has a strategic export orientation accounting for more than 80% of its sales. Its products are exported to more than 50 countries all over the world with a strong presence in Europe, USA, Canada, the Middle East and Australia.

Palirria’s dolmas gained various awards by many international organizations such as the Great Taste Award 2013 (UK), the Superior Taste Award 2014 and 2016 by the International Taste and Quality Institute-Brussels.