Australias oldest Chocolate Maker produces Vanuatu Single Origin Chocolate

The new Vanuatu Single Origin is a 44% cocoa milk chocolate tablet, it has delicate notes of soft caramel & malt biscuit. Produced in Australia, by one of the oldest chocolate factory, the new chocolate is now out in the Australian Market.

Each tablet is made from cocoa beans sourced from a single location and is hand crafted to produce the finest single origin chocolate possible. And just like wine or coffee, the variety, origin and processes used all help to determine the chocolate’s unique flavour and quality.

Who is Haighs Chocolate?

It was 1st May 1915, when Alfred E Haigh opened the doors of the very first Haigh’s Chocolates store at 34 King William Street, Adelaide. Alfred began adding his own flavour to the industry and in 1917 he started producing chocolate-covered fruit centres, which Haigh’s still make today.

Business was booming and it was time to expand. In 1917 Alfred bought the family home and land at Parkside South Australia where he built a small factory, now the Visitors Centre. In 1922, he moved shops to the Beehive Corner – still our Adelaide flagship store. Sadly, in 1933, Alfred passed away suddenly. His son Claude took over the running of the business, which had by then grown to six stores.

During the war years, supplies were difficult. Yet despite the sugar rationing Haigh’s managed to keep on trading, making boiled sweets and wrapped toffees for the armed forces.

Alfred’s grandson, John Haigh, joined the business in 1946 with a vision to take Haigh’s chocolate making to new heights. He trained in Switzerland with Lindt and Sprungli and visited the US to look at production, shop styles and marketing. John revolutionised the way we manufactured our chocolate and in 1959 became Managing Director.

During the 1950s and 60s, Haigh’s chocolates were also sold at the movies. In those days, movie-goers bought their treats from the Haigh’s counters and the Haigh’s ‘tray boys’ and ‘tray girls’ who stood at the front of the screen during interval.

In the 1960s television took over from cinema as a form of entertainment so John Haigh looked elsewhere to grow the business. In 1965 Haigh’s opened the first store outside South Australia, in Collins Street Melbourne, where Haigh’s chocolates proved to be just as popular.

Haigh’s is very proud to be the oldest family-owned chocolate maker in Australia. Today the company is run by fourth generation Haighs, Alister and Simon, who started in the 1970s and had to work their way through all areas of the company. They’ve been joint Managing Directors since 1990, with John Haigh Chairman of the Board.

Haigh’s Today

Family about us test3Pictured left to right – Simon, John & Alister Haigh

At Haigh’s they are very proud to be the oldest family-owned chocolate maker in Australia. Today the company is run by fourth generation Haighs, Alister and Simon – joint Managing Directors since 1990 and John Haigh, Chairman of the Board.

We now employ over 500 people throughout our factory, administration and 15 retail stores located across Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and online.

Our Chocolate Making

Over the century we have been in business some things have changed, yet many remain the same. The traditions, quality and passion for chocolate making continues. Haigh’s still use only the very best, freshest ingredients and pride ourselves on being chocolate ‘bean to bar’ specialists. Haigh’s are committed to the art of premium chocolate making from cocoa beans sourced from plantations around the world. Roasting our own cocoa beans enables us to develop our own unique blends of premium milk and dark chocolate with distinct aroma, texture and flavour.

Haigh’s cooking processes are unique. The factory teams use meticulous artisan skills combined with the latest in modern manufacturing, high levels of training, equipment and techniques to create chocolates that look and taste delicious. Many of Haigh’s chocolates continue to be hand-made and finished.

Each year the Haigh’s team of confectioners work to create new recipes and perhaps fine tune old favourites to ensure it continue’s to offer it’s customers a diverse selection of the most delectable chocolates. There is something for everyone with a choice of over 250 varieties from chocolate frogs to gift boxes of hand-dipped truffles. Read more about Haigh’s chocolate making here.

HAIGH’S customer experience

Haigh’s aim is to ensure the Haigh’s customer experience is one of quality. Visit any one of their stores and you’ll find that chocolate tasting, gift wrapping and personalised attention is all part of the service.

Today Haigh’s has 15 retail stores. Six stores in Adelaide including the historic Beehive Corner, six in Melbourne including a store within the beautiful heritage listed Block Arcade and three in Sydney including the newest store in Chatswood Chase on the north shore. Haigh’s products are also available to purchase online.

Parkside, just outside the city centre of Adelaide, is where you’ll also find Haigh’s Visitor Centre. Here Haigh’s conduct free factory viewing tours where you can take a short first-hand look at how they make Haigh’s chocolates. Haigh’s tours are very popular with tourists, clubs and groups, and the locals as well. Come and join a tour and you’ll also enjoy complimentary tea or coffee and, of course, a taste of delicious Haigh’s chocolate.