Maison Macolat - An exquisite marriage between the South African Macadamia Nut, and the finest Belgian Chocolate. Our Story begins back in 1883 - Scroll down to find out more.
With a rich heritage since 1883, The Maison Macolat story goes back many centuries. Since then, many hopes, dreams, and visions were developed around our King Macadamia Nut - Today, that vision is becoming a reality.
Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
The story begins in 1883, when the Bunge family set sail from Germany, on board the Samson, bound for the sub tropical region of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Upon arrival that year, the family founded Friedewald Farm, meaning “peaceful forests” in their native German. Together with the local Zulu people, Friedewald was transformed into an agricultural gem.
A portion of the Bunge family, remaining in Europe rose to prominent stature, forming the famous Bunge trading company in Antwerp. Trading on the famous Graanmarkt in the heart of Antwerp, the Bunge’s facilitated the important movement of agricultural goods.
The family settled in the outskirts of Antwerp at the beautiful estate of Oude Gracht, originally constructed in 1881.
SIX GENERATIONS OF HERITAGE
In bringing the best of Africa to Europe, the family built a great legacy in the city of Antwerp. Sixth generation son, and farmer Julian Bunge has set out to pick up the mantle of quality, bringing the worlds most premium Macadamia Nut, from South Africa to Europe.
In order to bring the Macadamia nut to the world in the most elegant way, Julian has partnered with one of Belgium’s well renowned confectionary Chefs, to create the beautiful Macolat.
- CEO and founder
By assisting with the transformation of this community, we ensure the best possible locally grown, highest quality Macadamia nut find their way to become a Macolat. At the same time a once impoverished community becomes empowered through:
A Better Indulgence
Better for the world