Cherries

Overview

Lebanon is considered one of the major producers of sweet cherries in the Mediterranean region. Cherries are a native Lebanese crop. The country is doted by exceptional conditions for cherry production. Cultivated between 900 and 2000 meters at altitude, the cherries develop a distinguished flavour, colour and texture.

At the moment, there are 32 cherry farms GlobalGAP certified.

Varieties

80% of Lebanese cherries are grown in the Bekaa and include local cherry varieties Feraouni and Moukahal. Other main varieties are Benni and Ferrovia, Lapins, Noire de Meched and Sweetheart.

Production

The production area under cherries went down by 17% between 2015 and 2021 to some 4,294 ha, while the production increased by 25% to almost 33,684 tons in 2021.*

Export

Lebanon’s export of cherries (excluding sour cherries) has seen a gradual upward trend in the past 7 years. In 2015 it reached USD 2 million and in 2021 it more than doubled to reach USD 4.5 million. However, in 2022, the values showed a decrease at USD 3,9 million (962 Tons; 62% decline in 5 years).

Destinations

The main destinations for exports of cherries are UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, and Russian Federation.

Availability

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* Production data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2023
** Trade data from Trade Map – International Trade Centre, 2023

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Bamo Zgheib

The company saw the light in 2004. Ever since, we have grown to become a leading GlobalGap certified company in fruit exports mainly grapes and apples. In addition, we export pears, cherries, peaches and apricots.


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FAV

FAV (Fruits And Vegetables) Lebanon is our brand that represents 5 agricultural cooperatives (Sawa, Kaa El Rim, Ainata, Ain El Qabou, Wadi Al Aarayech) and 220 member farmers. Together, the acreage covers more than 800 hectares. We export amongst others …


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FreshCo

We produce and export more than 100 different fruits and vegetables throughout the Gulf region. We are ISO22000 and GLOBAL G.A.P. certified, but to us food safety is more than a compliance matter. It is at the heart of everything …


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