Navarino Icons, the gourmet food brand aligned with Costa Navarino, one of Greece's most renowned destinations, is making its way down under in an exclusive pre-launch appeal.
In a collaboration between the brand's importer, Mediterranean Gourmet, and The Hellenic Initiative Australia (THI Australia), a leading Greek-Australian philanthropic organisation, a curated selection is being made available prior to the brand's official launch, which will see a percentage of brand sales donated to the charity.
THI Australia President, Nicholas G Pappas AM, said "we are delighted to have partnered with Mediterranean Gourmet, which has generously agreed to donate 30 per cent of all bespoke Navarino Icons Gift Box sales to THI Australia in support of its charitable endeavours.
"We will in turn distribute 100 per cent of the proceeds to our partner charities in Greece to provide basic services including access to healthcare, assistance with utility bills, food, temporary accommodation and education programs for Greece's most vulnerable citizens," Mr Pappas said.
Navarino Icons eclectic selection of products from Messinia, South-West Peloponnese, Greece, follows the philosophy of Costa Navarino which belongs to the same parent company and focuses on preserving the natural beauty and heritage of Messinia.
The Navarino Icons brand in turn promotes the rich culture and gastronomy of Messinia and its diverse traditional flavours. The range features gourmet products from artisan producers who have perfected traditional recipes handed through generations.
It includes a selection of gourmet dips and sauces such as crushed roasted eggplant dip and tomato sauce with feta cheese, Koroneiki olive oils (including organic) harvested from ancient olive trees, a Kalamata olive tapenade based on an old Greek recipe, white balsamic vinegar, Greek yoghurt, raisin and olive oil biscuits, handmade spoon sweets, marmalades, pure Greek honeys (with and without honeycomb), and the ancient Greek energy bar itself, sesame seed and honey pasteli.
According to Mediterranean Gourmet Director, Ruby Archis, the decision to partner with THI Australia was straightforward given the organisation's strong commitment to the less fortunate in Greece. "We're not only very excited about bringing Navarino Icons to Australia but even more so to be able to support the work of THI Australia, by offering its friends and supporters the chance to purchase exquisite and unique gift sets while helping those in Greece who are most in need. "All gift sets will be exclusively packaged in bespoke Navarino Icons gift boxes and make the perfect personal, corporate or Christmas gift that gives to more than just those receiving it," said Ms Archis.
Navarino Icons will be officially launched online at Mediterranean Gourmet and select gourmet stores across Australia from mid-November 2022.
Those wishing to be involved in the appeal or to purchase from the pre-launch offer can do so HERE using the password THI Australia