In 1956 following the Korean War, two Cypriot cousins, once immigrants, now Veterans, returned to New York City and joined forces. The Veterans' Butter and Egg Company was soon founded in a small warehouse on Greenwich Street. Peter Pappas, an original partner found immediate success with the company that provided butter, eggs and cheese to many of New York City's restaurants.
Peter had two sons, Christopher and John, who grew up in the business, helping after school and during summer vacations. After college, Chris was recruited to play basketball in Europe professionally. This experience enabled Chris to discover many of Europe's culinary splendors. Inspired by his experience, Chris sensed a real business opportunity in providing unique foods and superior ingredients to chefs back at home. Upon his return to the United States, he recruited his brother John, now a college graduate, and lured his brother-in-law, Dean Facatselis, from his CPA practice. Peter, deciding the time was right to make an investment in his children, liquidated the company, giving them his customers and money enough to buy a small warehouse. Together Chris, John and Dean transformed Veterans' Butter and Egg Company into Dairyland, with hopes of becoming a major distributor.
As a result of a strong foundation, years of hard work and focused vision, Dairyland has become one of the leading purveyors in the New York area. Peter Pappas currently resides in Florida where he continues to enjoy his well-deserved rest.