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The original KAROUN dairy "LAITERIE KAROUN" was established in Beirut, in 1931, by Ohannes Baghdassarian who, appropriately, chose as the company's name and trademark the Armenian word for springtime.

From humble beginnings in a small store front on Georges Picot street, downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Karoun Dairies had a great impact on the Lebanese dairy industry.

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A pioneer in the Middle Eastern dairy industry, Karoun dairy introduced a multitude of outstanding innovations:

Late 1940's Karoun dairy invented a new process to produce plain natural yogurt drink very praised in the Middle East.

This production method made KAROUN the preeminent brand for yogurt drink.

Early 1950's Karoun Dairy introduced pasteurization.

Late 1960's Karoun introduced to Lebanon the plastic bottles and cups as well as fruit yogurt.

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Since startup, Karoun dairy is dedicated to produce the highest quality of pure and natural cheese and dairy products.

The owner's son, Ara Baghdassarian, grown in the business joined the company late 1960's.


Due to Ara's marketing and administrative abilities, demand for KAROUN brand products continued to exceed output despite several increases in capacity. Ara Baghdassarian had the idea to undertake yet another expansion: to incorporate the firm and create a new modern plant on land fully owned by the company.

Thus, Ara Baghdassarian, Alice and Khatchik Khatchadourian incorporated KAROUN DAIRIES S.A.L. (authorized on March 23, 1972).

A state of the art plant was commissioned and in December 1973, the new plant took over from the old facility.

In addition to supplying all types of dairy products to major grocery and chain stores, Karoun Dairies began providing yogurt to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and fresh, pasteurized milk in "Pure Pak" cartons to United States officers stationed in Lebanon.

Distributors from Europe came to Beirut, Lebanon to take samples of Karoun products. Ships replenished their stock of dairy products from Karoun. Arab sheikhs or their family members who often visited Lebanon, took back home on their private jets Karoun Dairies brand cheese dairy products.

KAROUN LABNE could be found in Paris, France and London, England grocery stores.

In 1990, Ara Baghdassarian acquired the majority of the shares of the company and began the realization of his expansion plans.

Karoun Dairies participated in local and international exhibitions, advertised locally and internationally and setup its own website. KAROUN DAIRIES flourished under the firm direction of Ara Baghdassarian.

Karoun Dairies, successor of "Laiterie Karoun",  is still family owned and operated.


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KAROUN DAIRIES at Anuga 2017

Prime Minister Wazzan Visiting Karoun Cheese Stand
Prime Minister Wazzan Visiting Karoun Cheese Stand

 Agriculture Minister Fakhoury at Karoun Dairies Stand
Agriculture Minister Fakhoury at Karoun Dairies Stand

Karoun Dairies Mission

Karoun Dairy Products Company Mission

KAROUN DAIRIES is a practitioner of product innovation that relies heavily on benefit segmentation. It enters markets by introducing a new product with a new benefit rather than launching a me-too product. KAROUN DAIRIES brand different types cheese and dairy products have different backgrounds.

- Innovation
- Commitment
- Excellence
- Excitement

KAROUN DAIRIES' objective has always been to make available to every individual fresh dairy products and Mediterranean cheeses of premium quality by applying hygienic practices.


In 2007, KAROUN DAIRIES INC. cheese company incorporated in New Brunswick, began operations supplying Mediterranean different types cheese to retailers in Canada. Karoun brand Mediterranean original braided string cheese, Ackawi cheese, Nabulsi cheese, grilling cheese and different types cheese are produced in the traditional artisan Mediterranean way from first quality Canadian cow milk.

In 2008, KAROUN DAIRIES SAL licensed to, KARLACTI, Inc., a USA corporation, the Karoun Dairies brand logo, trade dress, processes and formulae to use for Karlacti different types cheese and dairy products.

KARLACTI brand different types cheese are now on the US market!

The Original KAROUN DAIRIES SAL endorses all KARLACTI brand products which are under its constant supervision. KARLACTI, Inc. is the exclusive licensee of KAROUN DAIRIES SAL in USA.

Today, the Original KAROUN DAIRIES is well implanted in North America through its above mentioned licensees to serve its clients dairy products and different types cheese.


KAROUN DAIRIES SAL does not sponsor KAROUN, ARZ, GOPI LASSI, YANNI, Queso Del Valle, Central Valley Creamery and all other products originating from KAROUN DAIRIES, Inc. of California.

All Karoun Dairies family products sponsored and controlled by Karoun Dairies SAL are always stamped with Karoun Cheese quality sign since 1931.

Karoun Dairies President and CEO, Mr. Ara Baghdassarian, grown in the family dairy business is a food quality expert.

He holds in addition to his MBA degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB), an ISO 22000 Practical & Implementation Training Certificate from the Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) London, UK and a HACCP in practice Certificate – credit pass from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) London, UK.

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    Mr. Ara Baghdassarian, Founder and CEO of Karoun Dairies and Karlacti, Inc. occupied the following positions:

  – Member of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI)

  – Treasurer and President of the Strategies, Planning and Scientific Research Commission of the Syndicate of the Lebanese Food Industries (SLFI)

  – Member of the Lebanese Higher Council of Agro-Industries

  – Member of the Lebanese-Syrian Commission of Food Production

  – Vice President of the Vocational and Technical School for Food Industries



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