Zaytoun was founded in 2004 to support the resilience and livelihoods of Palestinian farmers under occupation through fairly trading their olive oil. Initially funded by hundreds of customers who put up payment in advance of receiving their oil, Zaytoun quickly established itself as a UK social enterprise. With funding from Triodos Bank, the company developed to offer a wide range of Palestinian artisan foods. Canaan Fair Trade in Palestine and Zaytoun in the UK worked together and supported Palestinian farmers to pioneer the world’s first Fairtrade certified olive oil in 2009.
The range continues to grow, and is now available nationwide through wholesalers, independent shops, online, in Oxfam and of course through our very active network of volunteer distributors. Zaytoun run two trips a year for customers to visit Palestine and learn more about life for a farming family there, and bring producers to the UK once a year for Fairtrade Fortnight.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2014, Zaytoun remains a successful Community Interest Company supporting the relationship between Palestinian producer communities and a growing network of passionate, discerning customers in the UK and Ireland.
Zaytoun CIC aim is to delight all customers with premium quality products that are fairly traded, organically grown and sourced from small-scale farmers while supporting the farming communities through trade rather than aid.
Zaytoun is proud to be a resident in the central London premises of The Arab British Centre.
The Arab British Centre is an award-winning, independent, non-political, non-religious UK charity which works to improve the British public’s understanding of the Arab world by organising and promoting cultural and artistic events relating to the Arab world and hosting a regular programme of activities including Arabic calligraphy classes and Arabic language classes.