Our History

For over 80 years and 5 generations, we’ve been making and selling the best and freshest nuts, fruits and chocolates in Australia. It all started in March of 1934 with somewhat humble beginnings. Herb bought small nut stall in the Adelaide Central Market just so his wife Doris would have something to do. And that was that; and who knew that nut stall would still be with 11 retail stores and a warehouse factory over 80 years later?! Read on to find out more about our history…


Right: The receipt Herb received when he bought the Market stall on March 26th 1934… We still have it.
The receipt Herb received when he bought the Market stall on March 26th 1934
The little nut stall continued on favourably over the next 2 decades but when Herb’s health started to deteriorate, he turned to his son, Chappy, who was enjoying a successful career in the Navy after serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War 2. Chappy always felt his true calling was the navy, but his admiration for his father won in the end and he reluctantly left the navy to return home and manage the family business at his father’s request.

Chappy Charlesworth Introduces Freshly Roasted Nuts

Over the next 20 years, Chappy introduced several elements into the business that have become part of Charlesworth Nuts’ core principles. One of those was the concept of cooking nuts fresh on site, we were the first in Australia to do so and you can still walk into any of our stores and receive freshly cooked hot nuts even today.

Right: Chappy (circled) with his navy buddies

Chappy with his navy buddies
Chappy at the Markets

Whenever Chappy did anything, he did it with all his effort. He laid a solid foundation within the business before passing it on to his sons, Brett (that’s me) and Mark. Chappy stepped back from his role as Director, allowing autonomous control of the business for Mark and I while acting as a mentor and teacher, but without interfering; he allowed us to make mistakes and to learn first-hand what it takes to run a successful business.

Chocolates, Glazing, Gift Baskets, The Royal Show
and More!

With the strong foundation laid by Herb and Chappy, the 3rd generation (my brother Mark and I), took Charlesworth Nuts to a whole new level. We opened the company’s first new store in 40 years in the then relatively new Westfield Marion Shopping Centre. Production was moved from out of our family’s Glengowrie home to a warehouse factory in Marion.

Throughout the 1970’s and '80s, we opened 4 new stores at Colonnades Shopping Arcade, City Cross Arcade, Tea Tree Plaza and Elizabeth Shopping Centre.

We created our glazing and chocolate departments and gave our nuts all new, never-before-seen makeovers. During this time we also started producing our range of gift hampers and baskets, which have since gone on to become our most popular products.

Right: The early days of gift packing…oh how far we have come. In the beginning, we would only make around 1,500 gifts per year. Today, we make more than 170,000.

Chocolates, Glazing and Gift Baskets - Since 1934

Inducted Into SA’s Family Business Hall of

We kept growing well into the ‘90’s. We opened 2 new stores in the Myer Centre and West Lakes Shopping Mall.

As I said before, it was the strong foundation Herb and Chappy laid that allowed my brother and I to grow the business so much and in 2004, on our 70th as a company, Charlesworth Nuts was inducted into South Australia’s Family Business Hall of Fame – this made us an official South Australian icon
and we couldn’t be more proud.

Charlesworth Nuts Today

Since 2004, we’ve opened a store in Burnside Village and in November 2013 we opened at No.1 Rundle Mall in the old Darrel Lea site, one of the busiest and most prestigious locations in South Australia – I bet Herb & Doris never pictured it coming this far, but here we are. More recently
we opened our first ever rural store in Mount Barker, SA. We are ecstatic to have expanded into the
Adelaide Hills and the community has certainly welcomed us with open arms.

Today, my 3
sons, Rhys, Kain and Liam, the 4th generation, are working in different areas throughout the
company, always striving to expand their roles and learn as much as possible about the

Little Jayde Charlesworth with her great-great grandparents, Herb and Doris Charlesworth

Little Jayde Charlesworth with her great-great grandparents, Herb and Doris

After 80
years there are a lot of stories to tell, unfortunately too many to tell you about here – even my
little-abridged version was hard to keep short – but I hope I’ve managed to convey just why we
love this company and what we do so much. With such a long and fruitful history, how could we not?
I also hope that once you try our magnificent nuts, fruits and chocolates and see some of our
stunning gifts, you’ll fall in love with our company too!

Strong Family Values

We’re a
family business and we have the strong values you’d expect from a family. We share those values
with our staff – they're entrenched into our training and culture – and we impart those values
to our Customers every time they walk into one of our stores; as it has been for 80 years and
hopefully for many more years to come.

— Brett Charlesworth,  3rd Generation


Celebrating 4 generations together – From left to right: Joy Charlesworth (2nd
generation, Chappy’s wife), Brett Charlesworth (3rd generation, Chappy’s son), Kain
Charlesworth (4th generation, Brett’s son) holding his daughter, young Jayde Charlesworth (5th