Author Archives: Nabila Rahhal

When chips meet innovation

The Lebanese potato chips market is dominated by two main local producers. But small scale productions – such as the chips produced by supermarkets Dfouni or Goodies – have always had their loyal consumers who say they prefer the artisanal homemade taste of these chips to the mass produced ones. Recently, two reputable food establishments

The spud kings

Potatoes are a staple of Lebanese cuisine. When boiled, they are often eaten as a remedy for stomach ache. When fried, they serve as a quick and cheap meal as the filling of a sandwich or as an accompaniment to the traditional Sunday barbeque lunch. About 20 years ago, serious contenders in locally produced potato

Of competition and promotion

There are arguably few things more enjoyable than sipping on a good glass of wine after a long day. Selecting a brand of wine for that pleasure is not as simple as it seems though: from the quality to the appearance and the image that a specific wine invokes in your mind as a consumer,

Keeping it small

There’s a popular joke in the wine industry which goes: “Do you know how to make a million dollars out of a small winery? Start out with five million!” The joke illustrates why owning a small winery is perceived more as an expensive hobby or an act of passion than a money making venture. At

Grapes of change

Deir El Ahmar, a Christian village in the northern Bekaa valley’s Hermel-Baalbek region, is more notorious for its marijuana plantations than it is for great wines. But winemaking is precisely what the Coteaux d’Heliopolis Cooperative now wants their village to become known for. The birth of the Cooperative Having never really felt the government’s support

When nostalgia meets luxury

Ask almost any Beirut resident about Summerland Hotel & Resort and they will get a misty eyed look before recounting a childhood memory involving the waterfall “cascades”, clubbing at the hotel’s legendary nightclub or celebrating a wedding on the private sandy beach. The list of memories of this historic resort goes on and on. Opened

Municipality matters

May 2016 was municipal council election time in Lebanon and so, every Sunday of that month, many Lebanese headed to their area of origin and cast their vote for who would essentially be in charge of their native town’s internal affairs for the following six years. While most voters were probably primarily concerned with issues

Hanging on

In May 2016, a collective online call to action, under the hashtag #lawshumasar (whatever happens), was issued by key figures in the creative and productive sector to keep working in Lebanon no matter what happens. It seems the Food and Beverage (F&B) subsector in Lebanon has heeded this call as its productivity continues to grow

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