It was back in the early 1960s that Boulos Maroun revolutionized olive oil production in Lebanon by institutionalizing the bottling process and taking it to another level. An entrepreneur and innovator by nature, Boulos Maroun started packing olive oil in bottles and gallons, instead of the usual tins, to market it more efficiently to Lebanese households.
As the business grew, Boulos Maroun began manufacturing a superior Lebanese olive oil in 1964, which would later become Zeit Boulos. What started as a revolutionary idea quickly became a family passion that was passed on from Boulos to his son, Tony. Thanks to the valuable experience of his father, Tony Maroun successfully expanded Zeit Boulos and turned it into Lebanon’s leading producer of olive oil.
Zeit Boulos was awarded, on many occasions, the “Best National Extra Virgin Olive Oil” award, and was voted for several consecutive years, as Lebanon’s “Product of the Year”. It is widely regarded as a national treasure and as an ambassador of Lebanese cuisine and is a leading brand in the local market according to several market studies done in the last decade.
Zeit Boulos is part of ATYAB company, which owns a selection of local brands. The company’s strong and long experience allows it to control the entire manufacturing cycle of olive oil, from the olive tree in its groves to the bottle on the consumer’s table. ATYAB currently produces a wide range of quality products from its modern factory in the city of Jounieh, including a wide variety of vinegar; pomegranate molasses; olives; pickles of many sorts; zaatar (thyme); sumac; and natural olive oil soaps.