Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blooming family business

Dr Yahya R. Laleli with a bottle of the award-winning Laleli Olive Oil 
which comes from the trees in his olive orchards 
in the Edremit Bay area in Turkey.

Olive tree orchards used to be Dr Yahya R. Laleli’s playground, when he was a boy around the age of five. He loved harvest time when everyone would get up early, dress and get ready to harvest olives in his native Turkey.

Five years ago, play became work, officially.

As the only son, Dr Laleli, 65, was entrusted with his family’s olive tree orchards by his late mother. He has a younger sister.

“I was ready to take over because I was preparing for retirement,” said the former professor of biochemistry and nuclear medicine.

“I belong to the third generation of the family in the olive business,” explained Dr Laleli, who lectured at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He was in Kuala Lumpur recently to promote his award-winning Laleli Olive Oil which will hit major supermarket and hypermarket shelves in Malaysia soon.


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