Jassim Mohammed Ali AlWazzan, founder of Mezzan Holding Company, started his business journey in 1945, when he saw an opportunity, and invested in his first small grocery business in Kuwait City. The store specialized in selling basic household necessities, and preserved and canned food products. Soon, AlWazzan began developing relationships through exclusive deals with foreign manufacturers, including Claire Ghee, Pillsbury Flour, Baird’s Vinegar, Crystal Hot Sauces, and a number of other businesses. In the 1960’s, Jassim Al Wazzan built the GCC’s first meat processor, a line of meat mincing, mixing and packaging machines producing halal meat; later rebranded as Khazan. He also invested in one of the region’s first potato chip factories, by launching KITCO. Jassim AlWazzan’s reputation and success gained the trust of international suppliers, and he partnered with Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, and Reckitt Benckiser; three of Mezzan Group’s largest and most internationally recognized partners to this day. Now, Mezzan Holding Company is considered as one of the most reputable businesses in Kuwait, with a market capitalization of $1 billion. AlWazzan is also co-founder of Gulf Bank, Gulf Insurance Company, and the Livestock Transport and Trading Company. A unique businessman, AlWazzan was eager to elevate the standard of products offered in the Kuwaiti market. He was committed to delivering quality in every aspect of his business – always aiming for perfection and originality. At Jadeite, we continue to keep these business practices alive.