Founded by: Cathi, Heather & Atif

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. We run three 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 our 10th anniversary in 2014,  we remain 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.

More info

  • Social Enterprise
  • Type Community Interest Company
  • Headquarters London, UK
  • Manufactured Palestine
  • Key people Cathi Pawson, Heather Masoud and Atif Choudhury (Co-founders)
  • Year established 2004