Syrian chocolate company in Antigonish set to double in size


An Antigonish, N.S., chocolate company based by former Syrian refugees is set to double in size, once more.

When the Hadhad household arrived in Canada two years in the past, they had been decided to rebuild their chocolate enterprise that was bombed in their dwelling nation.

Simply weeks after their arrival, they began making chocolate in their kitchen and promoting it on the native farmer’s market. 

Their story has developed right into a kind of fairy story.

“We began with 200 items of chocolate every week. Now we’re producing lots of of hundreds of items and chocolate bars a month,” stated Tareq Hadhad, the eldest son and spokesperson for the household.

Peace By Chocolate began in a farmers market and is now in grocery shops. It’s going to quickly be bought throughout the nation. (Emma Davie/CBC)

Their company, Peace By Chocolate, now employs 25 folks, and is in the method of hiring 25 extra. Demand is so excessive, the chocolate makers now work both day or night shifts to maintain manufacturing going.

“Our main accountability as immigrants to this nation isn’t to take, however to contribute. It is at all times about that. We did not come right here to take anybody’s job. We got here right here to create jobs,” stated Hadhad. 

Giving again

CBC chronicled the household’s first 12 months in Canada as a part of a particular collection on the arrival of Syrian refugees.

On the day they landed on the Halifax airport, they vowed to give again to Antigonish after the group raised hundreds of {dollars} to transfer them from their refugee camp.

“They sponsored my household with out even figuring out us,” stated Hadhad. “They did not care about our faith, our background, our ethnicity.” 

The household noticed employment as a approach to assist their adopted dwelling.

“We all know that so many individuals go away the city to both Halifax or to Ontario or to the West to discover jobs. One of many first workers that we employed, he was in Alberta and we introduced him again to city to work.”

The Hadhad household spent Saturday mornings promoting chocolate on the native farmers market after they first moved to Antigonish. (Carolyn Ray/CBC)

Their story went viral after they donated a few of their earnings to Fort McMurray after it was devastated by wildfire. They have been profiled internationally, and have been featured in speeches by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

This 12 months, the company turned much more standard when it launched a collection of chocolate bars that celebrated delight. Some had been packaged in the colors of the rainbow flag, others featured the colors of the trans, lesbian and bisexual flags. Hadhad stated demand for these merchandise sparked responses from around the globe.

“That is the primary time, I see on the web site, persons are contacting me from everywhere in the world. Spain, Nigeria, from Germany, New Zealand.”

Sharing the story

Hadhad is now a public speaker, travelling the nation to discuss their new starting.

“Once I hear all of the adverse tales which can be being instructed internationally, I really feel now we have to share the story of Peace By Chocolate,” he stated. 

Hadhad, who fled Syria throughout his final 12 months of medical faculty, wished to turn out to be a health care provider when he arrived in Canada. Now politics might be in his future. 

“It is actually necessary to at all times assume how we are able to at all times make a distinction.”

It took almost a 12 months earlier than all members of the Hadhad household had been reunited in Canada. (Carolyn Ray/CBC)

As for the household enterprise, Hadhad is hoping these new jobs are only the start of an ongoing enlargement.

The sweets are going to be bought in grocery shops throughout the nation in the approaching months. They will be out there on Amazon and Hadhad has his sights set on the American market subsequent 12 months.

“There may be nothing that’s unimaginable in this nation.”

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