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Syrian chocolatier to build HUF 7.6 bln plant in Hungary

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Syrian-owned premium chocolate maker Ghraoui Chocolate will build a HUF 7.6 billion chocolate factory in Hatvan (northeast of Budapest) through a greenfield investment creating 540 jobs, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced in the capital on Monday, state news agency MTI reports.  

The 12,000 square-meter plant is scheduled to start operating in November 2017 and will export 95% of its output, the minister said.

According to the chocolate makerʼs website, the Ghraoui chocolate factory in Syria has been closed since the end of 2011 due to the ongoing war, and subsequently all stores outside Syria were also closed. Ghraoui Chocolate is currently only sold in Damascus in two outlets, the company says, adding that after the closure of the factory, a small atelier was set up in the center of Damascus to supply chocolate to these two stores. At the same time, the website message says that "Ghraoui will soon be relaunching in Europe and from there to all over the world."

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