Story Features Kontos Foods

In a factory in Paterson’s Bunker Hill neighborhood, thousands of balls of dough drop onto a conveyor belt and begin a journey that will end in a restaurant in Saudi Arabi, or a supermarket in Singapore, or a coffee shop in South Korea.

Kontos Foods was born in Paterson 31 years ago when the founders saw there was demand around the United States for the kind of Greek pita — a pocket-less flatbread — that could be found only in small quantities from mom-and-pop bakeries in Astoria, New York.

The seven-inch gyro breads are stacked for bagging at the Kontos Foods factory on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Paterson. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/

Now the company is seeing the same demand from around the world, and is shipping its breads to a dozen countries overseas, including the place where pita was invented: the Middle East. Click for full article >