Crown Flour Mills, more commonly known as CFM, initiated
its operations in 1952 as a modest mill capable of milling
40 tons of wheat per day. The original machines were all
branded "Robinson", the British top-of-the-line
equipment at that time.
Only a few changes occurred between then and the early 1990s.
It was a miracle that the mill survived through the Lebanese
Civil War which took place between 1975 and 1990.
In 1991, after 25 years of government wheat import controls,
flour subsidies, and direct bread controls, the Lebanese
Government liberalized the imports of wheat and allowed
the private mills to operate freely on the Lebanese Market.
Since that point, Lebanon's Milling Industry went through
a major restructuring and reinvestment period, and we witnessed
an increase of the number of mills operating in Lebanon,
which reached today a total of thirtseen.
It was at that time that started the great march of Crown
Flour Mills into Modernization, Automation, Quality Control,
Sanitation, ISO and HACCP Certifications and into many other
fields that contributed to the current standing of CFM.
Since 1992 CFM has invested carefully and judiciously more
than US$ 20 million in new machinery, building extension,
a new silos storage for wheat storage and continuous employee
The mill incorporates the latest in Employee Safety Concepts,
Automation and Process Control.
CFM has selected the best milling equipment from GBS Group
spa, a first class Italian machinery producer.
In order to ensure that CFM is continuously maintaining
its excellent product quality and service, state-of-the-art
technologies, based on a well balanced scheme combining
creativity and innovation, were the backbone of the mill-reengineering
project. All this makes CFM one of the most modern and competitive
mills in the Middle East.
Diversified Milling Lines
CFM has three milling lines:
- a Semi Hard Wheat Milling Line to produce flour for Lebanese
bread and the traditional oregano pizza (manou'che);
- a Durum Milling Line to produce different kinds of semolina
for pasta and Lebanese sweets;
- and a Specialty Milling Line that has been specifically
designed to produce a high quality flour.
Significant Fact Sheet
Today CFM grinds an average of 10,000 metric tons (mt) of
wheat every month.
The mill operates 6 days a week, 24 hours a day.
CFM has regular stops for housekeeping and maintenance.
With a maximum milling capacity of 15,000 mt per month,
CFM has a capability utilization of 70% capacity.
CFM sells more than 20 different products on the local market
to customers all over Lebanon.
In 1952 the mill was located outside the city limits; today
as Beirut expanded it is situated in a prime location, conveniently
at a three kilometers distance from the port. Because of
the limited land available, CFM was able to make very efficient
use of space.
Through the use of advanced milling technologies, extremely
qualified personnel, and excellent wheat, CFM has been able
to ensure a consistently superior quality of flour specific
to its customers' demands.
Quality, flexibility, high sanitation standards and meeting
all our customers needs is a business philosophy that is
strictly observed at CFM.