Our Story

Who We Are

Petra Pietersz-Schrier and her husband Jimmy Pietersz are the owners of P&T Chocolate and Presents BV.

Petra was born in Cadzand in 1964 in Café de Buitenlust (next to P&T) and Jimmy was born in Ridderkerk in 1958.

Jimmy has been infected with the “confectionery-virus” from an early age because his grandfather Piet Verduijn owned a biscuit factory.

1985

Start

Before Petra and Jimmy got married, they visited numerous markets together throughout the Netherlands to sell waffles and giant egg cakes. Egg cakes or ‘’Eierkoeken’’ are a Dutch speciality! The giant egg cakes had a diameter of no less than 19 cm! At the time, these waffles and egg cakes were made by Piet Verduijn in the former domestic school in Aardenburg. A real crowd puller at these markets was Petra beautifully dressed in her Zeeland traditional clothing.

1985

1988

Reflection

In 1988 Jimmy was involved in a one-sided car accident and suffered a high spinal cord injury and was wheelchair bound.

Still young, Petra 24 years old and Jimmy 30 years old with a whole life ahead of them.

Still looking for an interpretation of life, what is not possible, but especially what is still possible?

Biscuits, sweets and chocolate must have continued to run through Jimmy’s veins as a member of the Verduijn family, because shortly afterwards the ISM (also known as the most famous confectionery fair in the world) in Cologne, Germany was visited. Coincidentally they visited a stallholder from Maastricht who sold chocolates, after the visit Jimmy and Petra thought: why don’t we start selling chocolates? Said, done.

1988

1989

Petra’s Presents & Pralines

A friend theirs came up with the idea of making chocolate gifts. One thing led to another and customers such as Jamin and V&D were supplied with their own chocolate gift items.

1989

1995

Relocation

In 1995 the opportunity presented itself to move the production activities to the Ko de Meij warehouse in Cadzand (the warehouse was then used as a straw storage facility) located at the Mariastraat, where P&T is still located today.

1995

2001

P&T Chocolate and Presents

The name was changed to P&T Chocolate and Presents BV which fully covers the scope of the current company, creating added value by adding distinctiveness to the range of products.

2001

Up to now

Global Expansion

Due to rapidly changing market developments, sales activities became more and more focused on export within the EU and overseas. Significant investments also had to be made in production lines, infrastructure and, last but not least, ICT in order to be able to keep up with current market developments.

Petra continues to focus on the productions and is the figurehead to the outside world while Jimmy focuses on strategy, marketing and sales automation.

Up to now

2021

Petra’s Finest Chocolates

And finally the latest concept:
Petra’s Finest Chocolates.

The location where P&T Chocolate and Presents B.V. now established is a great hotspot for the business to consumer concept “Petra’s Finest Chocolates” which offers an ideal opportunity to introduce passers-by and day trippers to the products of the chocolate factory in the cozy shop and bargain corner or by consuming a delicious drink on the terrace. The location opposite the Nooitgedacht windmill and right next to the café In De Buitenlust is a junction for many passers-by who find their way from this (junction) point to Cadzand Bad, Cadzand Dorp, Retranchement and the further hinterland.

The flour mill “Nooitgedacht” and the old weighbridge “Cadzandria” complete the picture for the entrance to Cadzand. Definetely worth a stop!

2021

Premium Belgian Chocolate

All our chocolate gifts are made of Fine Belgian Chocolate. The quality and standard of this chocolate is well known. While we are very close to the border of Belgium, for us there is only one praline; the world famous Belgian Chocolate.

FSSC 22000 certified

FSSC 22000 offers us as a company more certainty with regard to the management of our production processes as well as related products and services such as packaging and transport. FSSC 22000 contributes to a clear risk analysis, management of those risks and continuous improvement of food safety. FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO Standards.

RFA certified

RFA stands for sustainable agriculture and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet.

The RFA program enables farmers to learn better farming practices, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the RFA program, farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while protecting the environment and safeguarding the earth’s natural resources.

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