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Good health and well-being are one of the 17 global goals for Sustainable Development established by the United Nations, while different factors can impact this goal, alimentation is a crucial one. Therefore Fondation Diane decided to support the effort of Soumaya Merhi to expand the bakery founded by her father in Tripoli, in order to make it a true brand for healthy alimentation available in all Lebanon and in the Middle East.
TAQA recently received the ISO 22000 certification, for food safety management, to assure the consumers regarding the standards of productions and qualities of its products. This certification matches the aim of the founder of the company to raise awareness on the importance of consuming healthy food. With TAQA, which means “energy” in Arabic, our sustainable entrepreneur wants to offer a range of products based on GMO-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, preservative and additive improver-free. Realizing that all the energy snacks in Lebanon were imported, she decided to create this type of products for athletes and people looking for a healthy lifestyle through high-quality local products. While her father, who worked in homeopathy, had developed wheat-free bread, she expanded to vegan maamoul, cookies, kaak, buns and Arabic bread made either from rye, oat, barley or spelt. TAQA buys spelt and other local grains from farmers in Lebanon, supporting the maintenance of variety in the Lebanese agriculture and thereby helping to preserve biodiversity.
TAQA’s products are available in 180 points of sales in Lebanon, and this May 2017 the Taqa Coffee Shop will open on Pasteur street in Gemayze, Beirut. A place to find your healthy products but also meet the business behind the food you eat and take part in workshops on a healthy lifestyle.