Selected 2015

Karim Arakji

  • Current company Royal Gourmet
  • Industry Food & Beverage

All delicious meals begin with premium ingredients. However, twenty years ago, Lebanese businesses struggled to source premium products as high-end suppliers rarely exported to the region. In 1997, Royal Gourmet began to fill that gap and today supplies Lebanon’s hotels, restaurants and supermarkets with over 100 varieties of premium fish, meat and poultry. Seeing opportunity in the B2C market, Karim founded Meat the Fish (MTF) in 2012, as a home delivery service and opened a retail store in 2014. Together, the two companies serve over 2,100 corporate and individual clients per year. Looking to the future, Karim will shift Royal Gourmet’s focus outward to capture a portion of the European, West African and Gulf premium food markets, and will open a second MTF location in Lebanon.

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