In the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, during the first half of the twentieth century salt expeditions were covered from Larnaca’s only solar salt work and catered for the local needs. Grandfather Paraskevas was working at the production site every summer. A great part of the local community of Larnaca was involved in the collection and merchandising of salt, which was often stimulating for the growth of the city. Grandfather Paraskevas, was in charge of storing the salt in Larnaca’s saltwork. In 1963 he came up with the idea of buying some quantities of salt, grinding, packaging and selling them. In this way he could work all year round.
He creates a small workshop in Stoa of Agios Lazaros and starts making one ton of salt every eight hours. His son Michalakis has the idea of expanding the small workshop into a small business, so in 1980 he built a factory in the industrial area of Aradippou in Larnaca. By 1982 he has finally managed to start business with only three workers by his side. In two years time the factory was producing one ton of salt per hour. In 1986 the Cyprus government stopped the functions of Larnaca’s saltwork and the local merchants begun importing salt from abroad.