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OUR STORY

Where the generous Mediterranean sun shines over Lebanon, the nostalgic taste of home gives rise to the Lebanese soul. With natural grace and beauty, our beloved and abundant land continues to feed us wholesome goodness.

In 1925, the pine-forested hills of Brummana witnessed the blossoming of the great Cortas venture, when Emile Cortas used to assist his mother in preserving the apricot crop. The jam was an immediate success among family and friends, and the delightful preserve quickly became the talk-of-the-town.

In 1926, Emile journeyed to Ireland for an apprenticeship in jam-making. Upon his return, he founded the Cortas Canning Company with his younger brother, Michel, a chemistry graduate from the American University of Beirut. From that time onwards, the business started flourishing, to offer a variety of products such as tomato paste, vegetables, fruit syrups, and more.



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HARVESTING SUCCESS

The new company continued to prosper and expand its product range, exporting to several countries overseas. Challenges were met and overcome such as World War II, which was right around the corner. Then came the Lebanese civil war, wich destroyed the plant twice.

Being Lebanese, and known for our resilience, Cortas rose like the Phoenix from our ashes, accomplishing the shipping of more than one hundred Cortas goods around the world.






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TRANSFORMATION

Today, Cortas harvests fresh and wholesome products exclusively in its manufacturing plant, and sources the best produce from Lebanon’s Bekaa and Akkar plains, as well as from specific parts of the world, to give the very best.

Currently, the brand is going through a transformation of its image and branding, with the Lebanese kitchen at its core, a cuisine universally known as an essential pillar of the healthy Mediterranean diet.

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TIMELESS AUTHENTICITY

An almost century old venture with an international presence, Cortas is now a vital necessity for the Lebanese diaspora and diverse communities who yearn for a taste of home and the comforting Mediterranean sun.

Creating hearty and healthy food, Cortas promises select, timeless authenticity and quality goodness in all its range for the delight of its consumers, without compromising on its vegan, gluten-free, and preservative-free fundamentals.

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SERVING GENERATIONS

Cortas has reintroduced and reimagined its recipes for its revival to not only suit the modern lifestyle of the younger generation, but to also be uncovered by older ones.

Serving wholesome dishes since 1930, Cortas aims to spread the authentic flavors of Lebanon around the world for generations to come.

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MANAGEMENT

Today, Cortas is a publicly held company with a Board of Directors and Regional Shareholders. Pierre Battikha was elected Chairman of the Board in March 2018.

Pierre, who occupied senior positions in many multinational companies such as Cadbury Adams, Kraft Foods, Mondelez, Philip Morris and Imperial Tobacco for more than 25 years, assumed the responsibility of CEO and General Manager of Cortas Canning & refrigerating CO. SAL in December 2017. He continues to hold the position of Chairman / General Manager at the present time.

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