This is the mid of the 1970’s. Antoine Kaddoum’s father and his family returned to their beloved home village Kafer, Jbeil. The 10 year old Antoine found pleasure and sports in the beautiful nature of the village, yet he also stumbled upon another treasure, one so well-kept by his grandfather: the jars for bee hiving.
At the cost of few bee stings, Antoine and his friends poked the jar to get the honey. When caught by his grandfather, Antoine learned his first bee hiving lesson: “The honey is yours, but don’t harm the bees”, Antoine’s grandfather warned.
These words would become the golden rule Antoine Kaddoum still follows nowadays: ensuring the best environment for the bees is the key for the best quality of honey. These words were the initiators of the venture Antoine would later undertake. Many were the lessons Antoine’s grandfather, who had inherited a legacy of over 75 years of bee hiving experience, passed down to his grandson. Accompanying his grandfather every day to check the bee hives became Antoine’s favorite pastime, a pastime that would later inspire the young man.