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With the war in Syria edging closer to its sixth-year, Lebanon's arak distilleries watch developments closely, wary that fighting could cut them off from vital supplies of anise – a key component of their product.Domaine des Tourelles is one of Lebanon's leading vineyards and a major arak producer, with their popular brand Arak Brun. However, as a major buyer of anise, even a small increase in price or a short delay in delivery can have a big impact on production.As part of a long-term plan to stabilize price and supply, Domaine des Tourelles has decided to start domestically producing its own anise here in Lebanon.However, not all producers say that the war has driven up the price of anise. Nassif of Karket Arak says that for them, the price has even fallen. However, the difficulties in safely transporting goods and guaranteeing supply may have pushed the price of anise up for large buyers in Lebanon.
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