A Business Life That's Sweet...
Katerina Christoforou was born and grew up in Lapithos, a village in the northern part of Cyprus, now under Turkish Occupation.
She used to spent hours of her childhood watching her grandmother, a well respected housewife of the old days, make spoon sweets and then proudly present them to the friends and relatives of the household as her own creation.
The Turks invated Cyprus on the 20th of July 1974. After that unfortunate event the whole family, seeking a better life, migrated to Australia and everyone worked hard to build their new life.
To her parent's delight, Katerina passed her HSC (Higher School Certificate) and won a place at the local university to study mathematics and fine arts. In her spare time she taught Greek to other Cypriot children who had settled in Melbourne.
But she never forgot Cyprus, or her grandmother, and in 1981 she decided to return to her beloved country. There she married and had two children, Mary and Hercules.
Not able to forget her childhood, that was filled with mouth-watering fruits, clear glass bottles with sweets of shiny syrup and the smell of sugar and spices boiling in pots, she decided to learn from her grandmother the art of making the spoon sweets.
Katerina gave away her jars of spoon sweets to friends -including her grocer- who was so impressed that he immediately placed an order! Large supermarket chains soon followed.
The business developed so well that in 1997, the name Katerina was now synonymous with the noble spoon sweets and was well known all across the island.
In 2003, the family had decided that it was time to expand. They built a traditional-styled factory with European standards, such as HACCP and ISO 22000.
The company soon gets high approvals, such as the 1st prize of the Agriculture Department, and starts exporting the products to other countries.
Today Katerina makes more than 20 different types of spoon sweets, jams and other traditional foods. Without using any colours or preservatives, her sweets are made with the old ways for a modern consumer. You too can bring tradition and sweetness to your home by buying Katerina's homemade spoon sweets.