Inside the Chocolate Factory

While you may have only recently started to think about Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies, the Beyers factory team has been in full swing since November 2015 – busy creating 11 million chocolate Easter goodies, including 1.5 million chocolate bunnies. Beyers Chocolates is the only chocolate company with a factory based in South Africa, and the Easter period is their busiest time of the year – busier even than Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Kees Beyers, founder of Beyers Chocolates, says extra hands are brought on board to help with production, “We have some 900 people working over the Easter period and that includes temporary staff. We have a reputation for producing really fine chocolate, so even our temporary staff have to undergo an intense training process before they can work with us.”

At Beyers, the raw ingredients set the tone for the finished product, which is why only high quality raw ingredients are imported from overseas. Beyer is admanat that only the best will do, “Start with superb raw ingredients, add expertise, specialist knowledge and craftsmanship – and you end up with an exceptional product.”

One of those exceptional products is the famous Beyers Giant Easter Bunny – it weighs in at 6.5 kilograms and stands a metre tall – offering many days of delight for lucky recipients.

Beyers enjoys everything about Easter and particularly the family time it offers, “The kids and I always have an Easter treasure hunt which involves lots of competition and lots of laughs. I also get treated to some marzipan – one of my favourite flavours.”

Having begun his training at the tender age of 12 at a confectionary academy in Belgium, Beyers practically has chocolate in his DNA. “I developed an instinct for chocolate, a sense of what was needed to bring a flavour to full bloom. I think that ability has stood me in good stead.”

You only need to bite into a Beyers chocolate to experience that marvellous instinct at work.

Happy Easter, everyone!

23 Comments

  1. Nelia Olwage

    O my word! I would live to get my hands on that easter egg!!!!

    • Beyers Chocolates

      Hi Neilia, you can either buy them online or visit our factory shops (Kempton Park and Cape Town) or pop-up shop in Cresta, Randburg.

  2. Any chance of being able to buy the dark sweetie pies ? they taste divine and the flavor takes me to heaven. I live in Liverpool – Helena

  3. Apologies – previous email had my name spelled incorrectly – I love the dark chocolate sweetie pies, any chance I can buy some in Liverpool? Regards Helena

    • Beyers Chocolates

      Hi Helena,

      Unfortunately, we do not deliver overseas at this time.

      Thank you.

      • This shows real exsrteipe. Thanks for the answer.

  4. FRANCOISE KITTY

    DO YOU HAVE A BROCHURE ON JUST YOUR EASTER EGGS

  5. FRANCOISE KITTY

    I love your chocolates can we order in durban please forward me your easter egg brochure

    • Beyers Chocolates

      Hi Francoise,

      Thank you.

      Orders for Beyers products can be made through our online shop (on the website’s “Shop” tab). There is an Easter product specific page that you can find here: http://bit.ly/24sEh55

  6. AdeleL

    Is your factory shop in Isando still open?

    • Beyers Chocolates

      Hi Adele,

      Our chocolate factory shop is in Kempton Park at this address: 28 Derrick Road, Spartan, Kempton Park. Contact: 011 057 7653.

      Thank you.

      • That int’shgis perfect for what I need. Thanks!

  7. Eileen Pretorius

    Wow love it to bits!!!

    • Beyers Chocolates

      Thank you, Eileen. We’re glad you love it.

  8. Sasha

    Hi, are you open tomorrow?

    • Beyers Chocolates

      Hello Sasha,

      The Factory Shop is open from 8am – 5pm on weekdays and 8am – 1pm on Saturdays.

  9. Thanks for the great info dog I owe you bigtygi.

  10. prieska

    Hi
    My name is Prieska do you sell easter eggs for public ?

    • Beyers Chocolates

      Hi Prieska,

      We do sell directly to the public. If you are based in Johannesburg please visit the following store:
      Kyalami – Shop no16 Kyalami on Main Shopping Centre.
      Kempton Park Factory Store – 28 Derrick Road, Spartan, Kempton Park, 1620

  11. tumiso masenya

    Where can I find the chocolate factory?

  12. Leon

    Hi,
    Do you allow for any visits inside the factory or do any educational tours?

  13. Elsabe'

    Hi. I would like to arrange a trip for a couple of 8-9 year old kids to see how you make the chocolates. Is this possible a all?

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