Sudbury·Northern Nosh

From hummus maker to 'food inventor': how Zaher's Small Batch pivoted during COVID-19

Zaher's Small Batch is a well-known hummus maker in Sudbury that has had to make some significant changes during the pandemic, including the closure of their downtown restaurant.

2020 was a year of change for Sudbury's Deke Zaher

The pandemic caused a lot of change for Deke Zaher. (Zaher's Small Batch/Facebook)

Before the pandemic, Zaher's Small Batch was known in Greater Sudbury for their extensive lineup of fresh, flavoured hummus, operating out of a small storefront on Elgin Street.

Hummus is still their signature product, but COVID-19 forced owner Deke Zaher to make a number of changes.

"We are food inventors," Zaher told me when asked to describe his business in 2021. "We're not a restaurant anymore. We are a vegan, gluten-free, nut-free food manufacturing company."

Tap the player to hear our conversation.

Before the pandemic, Deke Zaher's business, Zaher's Small Batch, was known in Greater Sudbury for their lineup of flavoured hummus, sold at local grocery stores and at his restaurant downtown. But that's all changed in 2021. Jonathan started the conversation by asking Deke how the business started. 6:47

To learn more about Zaher's Small Batch, click here.

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Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email


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