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 I praise the internet Gods for this  age that we live in! An age  in which one can extend a call-out to anyone and be answered. Remember I sent out an inquiry to Cedar’s Premium regarding their Kazouza drink? … Well graciously, Mr. Joseph Najm , the AGM Cedar’s Premium SAL, has been very helpful in giving me full disclosure & replying to my nosy questions throughout a series of emails. And not only is the Kazouza mystery uncovered,  but I have also been able to get a sneak preview of his company’s plans for the future and the overall brand philosophy.

 Turns out the are 3 more elusive flavors, which we haven’t stumbled upon yet, totaling to a magical octagon: orange, lemon ice, pink lemonade, watermelon, strawberry melon, grenadine lime, tamarind and berry mix. And Mr. Najm says that the drink can be found in many supermarkets and minimarkets, however it will be a while before it will be distributed to all shops. So you’d better watch out, and inform me of locations of sightings :)

 As we all were guessing, the product’s mission is to take us back in time with a twist, “ Kazouza 1941 is the nostalgic, yet renewed,  Lebanese product/brand with varied and innovative flavors and a unique bottle shape differentiating it from available products in the market. It was decided to name the brand Kazouza 1941 to be true to our positioning of an authentic Lebanese product.” But what we did not know was the source of the magic numbers 1941, but be clueless no longer as Joseph explains, “1941 was the year “Kazouza” product was launched under the “Najem” brand; it was the first bottled soft drink in Lebanon, as the Sprite or 7Up lemon lime today.  And Cedar’s Premium is a new company owned by the descendants of Najem in 1941.”

 And with an eye on the future and a proud smirk on his face ( I can only presume that this is what was taking place behind his laptop’s screen), Joseph leaves us expecting more by adding, “Cedar’s Premium will launch in the near future other typical Lebanese products/brands such as but not limited to Jalloul which will have a different target segment and packaging.”

 

I think it is a beautiful story of rebirth of a family business, especially that I am a sucker for all nostalgic products. And I would once again like to thank Mr. Joseph Najm, for the attention he has given me, by taking his time away from strategic planning and marketing to satisfy a blogger’s curiosity.

 

P.S. I know I have been a bad blogger lately, as I am being drawn back to my work routine and the tasks are building up.

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Kazuza Grenadine & Watermelon soft drinkThis is our new found discovery in the soft drink niche. One day prince charming simply noticed these in the local ‘dekkane’. There were three flavors: Lemonade; a bottle of which has mysteriously disappeared, Watermelon; as you can see from the photos we did not have much restraint with that either, and the last survivor – the Grenadine & Lemon Flavor. If you like variety in your soft drink Kazouza is a great equivalent to Freeze, especially with its unique Watermelon flavor. But I am sure you’d agree that it is also a great feast for the eyes, great Kudos to the designers who created this hip concept!

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Kazouza bottle top

Kazouza is truly a mystery drink. The label hints it’s been there since 1941, but asides from this little shop near our house, we couldn’t find it anywhere. And as for the manufacturer- Cedars Premium Food & Beverage SAL (definitely Lebanese) , I couldn’t find them in any listings or directories and their website is still under construction.

Kazouza logo

Kazouza Grenadine & Lemon and Watermelon Bottles, Lebanese Soft DrinkI would definitely recommend you to grab any of the bottles, that is,  if you get your eyes on them. I have dropped the manufacturers a line and hopefully I’ll get the mystery solved soon. Nevertheless, if you know more, or see more, tell me about it! This has got me real curious!

Kazouza Grenadine & Lemon Bottle

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