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.
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