An Antigonish-area business is now supplying product to Sobeys grocery stores in the three Maritime provinces. Peace by Chocolate is shipping its Syrian chocolates to Sobeys from its recently opened factory on the Cloverville Road. The production facility employs about 20 people. Production Manager Bryan Druhan says it’s an important milestone for the company.
Druhan says their first boxes were shipped to Sobeys just over a week ago. Its chocolates should be appearing in Sobeys stores in Newfoundland and Labrador soon. Druhan says it’s boxing chocolates as fast as it produce them to keep up with demand in the lead up to the holiday season.
The founders of the Antigonish business Peace by Chocolate have won a national award.
At a ceremony in Ottawa last night, the Hadhad Family was named winner of the Newcomer Entrepreneur Award. The honour was presented at the National Start Up Canada Awards. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser accepted the award on behalf of the family. Start Up Canada is a grasswork network of businesses with a goal of building a positive environment for entrepreneurship.
The business has grown significantly since the Syrian family arrived in Canada about a year and half ago. Last month, Peace By Chocolate officially opened it’s new factory on Cloverville Road. The new facility will help the company meet increased demand for its chocolates, including a deal to supply its product to Sobeys grocery stories in Atlantic Canada.
One of the founders of Peace By Chocolate says it was a day to celebrate and to say thank you to the people of Antigonish. Over the weekend, the company opened
Tareq Hadhad speaking at the official opening of Peace By Chocolate
its new factory on the Cloverville Road, just outside the town. Tareq Hadhad says the continued support of his family by the local community has been remarkable.
Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey says the official opening of the Peace by Chocolate factory over the weekend is the continuation of the story of the Hadhad Family. Delorey says the community has rallied behind this family from the start.
The new facility will help the company meet increased demand for its Syrian chocolates, including a deal to supply its product to Sobeys grocery stores in Atlantic Canada.
An Antigonish-area business is growing. On Saturday, “Peace by Chocolate” officially opened its new factory just outside Antigonish on Cloverville Road. The new facility will help the company meet increased demand for its Syrian chocolates, including a deal to supply its product to Sobeys grocery stores in Atlantic Canada.
One of the founders of the company, Tareq Hadhad says the company has grown significantly in the past year.
Hadhad says the company has plans to employ about 20 people for its new factory at full capacity. The company has 10 employees now. The factory is expected to be operational soon.
A business owner in Antigonish has been appointed to Invest Nova Scotia Board of Directors. Tareq Hadhad of Antigonish, who has run Peace By Chocolate with his family was named to the board on Friday.
Board Chair Kenneth Deveau says Invest Nova Scotia is
thrilled to add Mr. Hadhad to the team. Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says Mr. Hadhad will help Invest Nova Scotia fund projects that build a stronger economy and create more jobs for young Nova Scotians.
Peace by Chocolate will be holding their new chocolate factories grand opening this Saturday.
One of the founders of Peace by Chocolate says a large part of their company’s success is due to the support of the local Antigonish community. Tareq Hadhad was part of a panel speaking on the topic “The Antigonish Advantage, and the Path Forward” at the Antigonish Business Forum.
Hadhad says the assistance by the community in getting their chocolate business going after fleeing their home in Syria has been phoenominal.
Hadhad says for his family to feel safe, to live in peace and be comfortable was also key to their success in Antigonish.
He says for Prime Minister Trudeau to highlight the story of Peace By Chocolate at the United Nations last fall means something special is happening here.
It has been quite a year for the Antigonish-based business “Peace by Chocolate”. Founded by the Hadhad family, who arrived last winter after fleeing their home country of Syria, the business has grown by leaps and bounds. The family started their chocolate business modestly, beginning with small batches in their kitchen in March. Production moved to the basement and then this past summer to a small production factory on the property.
Company spokesman Tareq Hadhad says the growth of the company has been remarkable.
Hadhad says it’s processed orders from as far away as South Korea.
Hadhad says the family had a lot of help and support from the local community to get the business going. He says it also received a boost when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the story of the company at a conference at the United Nations.