news letter Our mobile application

Weekly newsletter

Syrian Willy Wonka Moves To Hungary? – Luxury Chocolate Factory to be Built in the Town of Hatvan

Robert Velkey 2017.08.08.

Construction work to build a 7.6 billion forint (EUR 24.91m) chocolate factory in Hatvan, in northern Hungary, will start in October, Rania Ghraoui, communication director of Syrian-owned premium chocolate maker Ghraoui Csokoládé Manufaktúra, told business daily Világgazdaság.

The plant is scheduled to start production one year later. Once fully operational, annual output will reach 1,000 tonnes and 95% of the products will be exported abroad. The 12,000 sqm plant will provide jobs to 540 people, but Rania Ghraoui said they hope to double this headcount in 5-6 years. The government is providing 1.5 billion forints in funding for the investment project.

The Ghraoui family has been selling delicacies in Syria for more than 200 years. After they had to leave everything behind because of the civil war, they set up their new, European headquarters in Hungary. The Ghraoui family moved to Hungary, where they have had business connections since the early ‘90s, and have had Hungarian citizenship for more than 3 years. They opened their factory in Budapest (in Csepel), where about 60 employees manufacture a variety of products.

Their own shop was opened in the heart of Budapest, across from the National Opera House, in early May of 2017.

via: and

photos:,, and