KERMES
MEANS
PASSION
FOR GOOD
AND QUALITY
IBERICO

KERMES

THE STORY

Kermes was conceptualized in 2013 when two good friends set out to produce a product that, at the time, they were only able to get from abroad. This being, premium Ibérico. Andreas and Alex have always had an appreciation for quality meats and especially locally grown products, but the incredible Ibérico charcuterie and fresh meat was only available to them if they imported this from Spain.

KERMES MEANS
STIMULI THAT TURNED
INTO MOTIVATION

KERMES, Jamon Mediterraneo, Iberico from Greece

When looking at the local pork industry of Greece both Andreas and Alex were shocked by the practices of conventional farming and the food quality it led to. They decided to take matters into their own hands by creating a farm and vision that they believed in. From the start, the focus would be on the animal and their quality of life. This would be the foundation of Kermes.


Organic

KERMES FARM

KERMES FARM

Much like wine, the terroir has an impact on the pigs. When given the chance, pigs are constantly foraging the earth in search of food, giving them rich nutrients and minerals. This supports their general health and fulfills their natural instincts.

For this reason, the location was an important factor in creating the farm. It is set on a mountainous landscape with oak, walnut & holly trees at an altitude of 700 meters. Located on Mount Lapitha

in the Western Peloponnese near Ancient Olympia, it is a protected area and wildlife refuge. The pigs are left to freely forage in this rich natural environment.

Andreas and Alex follow the organic farming model. The pigs are fed exclusively with natural organic cereals and herbs, found in Greece.. Once the pigs reach maturity, they are also fed nuts to enhance the flavour of the meat.

KERMES MEANS
MEMORIES THAT
CAME BACK
TO REALITY
& PERSISTENCE
IN ORGANIC
FARMING,
IN GREECE

KERMES MEANS THE REBIRTH OF TASTE FROM THE PAST

SUS MEDITERRANEUS

THE ANIMALS

KERMES’ desire was to not only reintroduce the ibérico breed in Greece, but also establish it as a hallmark of Greek production and livestock. Investing in exceptional quality, the farm animals of KERMES belong to a unique breed of the Iberian pig, named “Sus mediterraneus”.

It is the oldest breed of pigs that used to be found throughout the Mediterranean, but today its population has decreased and is mainly found in the Iberian Peninsula (to which it owes its name) being Spain and Portugal.

The prevailing theory is that the pigs “Sus mediterraneus” arrived from Phoenicia (now Lebanon), where they were mixed with wild boars and later evolved. This is where their black color emerges from.

The rebirth of this breed signals the return to a healthy cycle of breeding and consumption, a cycle that conveys the kindness and freedom we provided to these animals. Creating a more honest relationship between man and nature.

KERMES MEANS
RESPECT FOR THE
FOUR-LEGGED LIFE

KERMES MEANS PASSION FOR SUPERIOR
QUALITY IBERICO MEAT

KERMES

THE PRODUCTS

KERMES ibérico pigs roam freely in a protected area on Mount Lapitha, in the Western Peloponnese, and are raised with organic farming methods. The result is an organically certified, superior tasting product.

In KERMES you will find products such as:

• Fresh Meat (in various cuts)
• Fresh sausages
• Cured Hams (Jamon)
• Cured Sausages

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