Our Story

Owned and operated by Melku Gebrekristos, Laza (est. 2009) is devoted to making nutritious and authentic food and beverages celebrating her Eritrean heritage. Trained as a senior lab technician, Melku brings a passion for quality, integrity, and health to every product she develops. In recent years, Laza has honed a delicious line of hibiscus and Lemon beverages  that is widely available in Guelph, Toronto, Hamilton and the Kitchener-Waterloo area.  Reflecting Laza’s strong commitment to community and cultural diversity, these beverages (as well as many other hearty, tasty creations) have been staples at many celebrated festivals, charitable events and stores around Southern Ontario. Laza is a proud presence at the Guelph Farmers’ Market with its Weekly Market Café. Laza was honoured to receive the following awards:


Finalist in the 2017 SIAL Innovation Award!

2017 Global Advantage Business Award

2016 People’s Choice Award for Small Business Star