Our Producers

Across the world, there are many small producers of top quality authentic food products that demonstrate high demand potential. It is often the case that these producers do not have access to international markets and that they also lack the necessary resources needed to market and sell their products in a sustainable manner.

Equitable Gourmet was established to identify such small and medium-sized producers and to market their products in developed markets.

The ladies from Wadi El Taym Cooperative 2007

We believe in our producers and in the quality of our products. We are dedicated to obtaining the maximum amount of support for them from aid agencies and non-governmental organisations so that they are able to respond to the growing demand for their products, and share in our company’s success.

The Lebanon

The Lebanon is a small country on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, well known for its fine cuisine. Over the years, the Lebanese have been constantly striving to endure and overcome the many complex challenges that their country has faced.

Today, Equitable Gourmet™ is working with producers from the different regions and communities of this country, who have come together to share with you the best that they and their country can offer.

The Producers

Joseph Menhem Establishment – Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this family-owned producer is located in the Anfeh region of Northern Lebanon. Established in 1991, Joseph Menhem is well known in the Lebanon as a provider of high quality distilled products.

Joseph’s products have done exceptionally well and have established for themselves a strong presence at a number of key retailers.

Joseph overseeing the labelling of our wonderful Pomegranate Molasses in 2007.

Domaine Du Karst is located in the village of Ashkout in the Keserwan Mountains of Lebanon. Established in 2008, this family-owned producer is part of an eco-tourism project that aims to promote environmental responsibility and sustainable rural development.

New supplier George Abi Rizk dedicated to the success of Domaine Du Karst

Previously Worked With:

Olive Trade- This small producer is located in the rural Northern “Akkar” region of Lebanon, an area known for its centuries-old olive groves. Established in 2004 Olive Trade sources locally and produces authentic extra virgin olive oil recognised as one of the best available from the country.

  • Equitable Gourmet worked with Olive Trade between 2006 and 2010

Earth & Co – This small producer is located in the southern most region of Lebanon. Sourcing from local farmers, Earth & Co is a partnership established in 2002 between rural and urban women who are dedicated to producing natural authentic products.

Mona (right ), Nelly (second from right) and Assine (back to photo) enjoying a lunch break in South Lebanon – 2006

  • Equitable Gourmet worked with Earth & Co between 2006 and 2009

Hallousieh Women’s Cooperative – Hallousieh’s Cooperative is an association between its farmers and the village’s women who produce some of the finest traditional recipes in the Lebanon. Located in South Lebanon the cooperative was established in 1998 through a World Bank grant and has recently been reconstructed with funding provided by the Italian Cooperation.

Mohamad Kasmar at Hallousieh Women's Cooperative 2009

  • Equitable Gourmet worked with Hallousieh Women’s Cooperative between 2008 and 2009

Wadi EI Taym Cooperative – Located in the Rashayya region of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Wadi EI Taym Women’s cooperative Association was established in March 2004. With its 28 members, the cooperative has received technical and other support from a number of international NGOs.

  • Equitable Gourmet worked with Wadi El Taym between 2006 and 2008

Coara – This small family-owned producer is located in the heart of Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains. Established in 2003, Coara sources from local farmers and is committed to promoting authentic and natural local recipes.

  • Equitable Gourmet worked with Coara between 2006 and 2008

South Africa

The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. Even though the country has the seventh highest per capita income in Africa, it suffers from large income gaps and a dual economy, marking it as a developing country with one of the highest rates of income inequality in the world.

Equitable Gourmet Ltd has worked withproducers from South Africa, and hopes with time, to be able to expand its supplier base and Development Partnerships in this beautiful and expansive country.

The Producers

Previously Worked With:

Totally Wild (PTY) Ltd – Totally Wild is a young small company located near Cape Town, the 2nd largest city in South Africa, located on the horn of Africa. Established in 2007 the company specializes in the development of a range of high-end food and beverage products, the key ingredient of which is ALOE FEROX. The raw aloe comes from Calitzdorp, an area in the Western Cape province where the aloe ferox plants grow naturally and plentifully in the wild over large stretches of unused land, and where a small pre-processing facility has been set up on one of the farms. This is where the harvested aloe leaves are brought to be peeled, washed and packed, generating much needed income for the local community.

  • Equitabe Gourmet worked with Totally Wild betwenn 2009 and 2010.

Afriplex (PTY) Ltd – Afriplex is a key supplier of products and services in the nutritional and health food sectors. The company’s current involvement in community projects is proof of its commitment to the promotion and propagation of the indigenous species of Africa, and the uplifting of local communities.

THe BLCF Fynbos Project, financed by the British Government’s Department for International Development was started in 2003. It involves the cultivation and commercialization of Fynbos species indigenous to South Africa by previously disadvantaged communities. Long-term agreements with multinational companies are negotiated to ensure a stable market for products.

Afriplex is the sole sponsor for YLAC (Youth League Against Crime), a local rugby team from the rural town of Van Rhynsdrop. The team comprises of community members who play an active role in the battle against crime in the region.

  • Equitabe Gourmet worked with Afriplex betwenn 2009 and 2010.

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