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1935   Spyros Kanellopoulos established a small enterprise on Astiggos Street in the city of Patras, processing sea salt that underwent conventional washing, drying and grinding to be sold in 50-kg sacks. 

1937   Our salt was packaged in rectangular cardboard boxes, replacing the bulk sale that was the norm at groceries until that time. During that era, it was named 'CHION', meaning 'snow' and symbolising the purity of the salt.

1939   The enterprise was relocated to private premises covering 220sq.m. in the historical centre of Patras, and was modernised for the standards of the era. During WW2, one of the first action by the German occupation forces was to confiscate 50 tonnes of salt to cover the needs of the German army. The enterprise continued its operations at those premises until 1967.

1967   The enterprise was relocated to private premises covering 600sq.m. just outside Patras, on Akti Dymeon Street. Significantly modernised for the standards of the era, the enterprise began packaging salt in plastic 500gr bags, bearing the symbol of the traditional 'Cook', the trademark of the enterprise to this day.

1980   CHION moved to its present-day premises in the Patras Industrial Park, covering an area of 10,000 sq.m. and buildings with an area of 2,500 sq.m.; the enterprise began using fully innovative, state-of-the-art equipment to produce natural crystal sea salt products on par with those marketed by the largest European producers.

1986   With modern facilities and increased productivity, the enterprise launched an advertising campaign and marketed its products, now boasting upgraded quality, throughout Greece.

1999   The enterprise became the first salt company in Greece certified under the ISO 9002:1994 international quality standard for sea salt processing.

2010   CHION innovated once more by marketing coarse salt in a functional PET bottle.

Today   With respect to family tradition, CHION continues to produce high-quality natural crystal sea salt in numerous containers, suitable for all uses.

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