The Bidvest Group

History

1988
Fist acquisition - Chipkins followed by Sea World. The start of Bidfood.
1989
Acquisition of Afcom.
1990
Bid Corporation becomes holding company of Bidvest.
1991
Acquisition of Steiner Services, beginning of the hygiene services business.
1992
Acquisition of Crown Food Holdings, merged with National Spice to form Crown National.
1993
Acquisition of Safcor, the start of Bidfreight. Prestige Cleaning Services acquired and grouped with Steiner to form Bidserv.
1995
First steps to international expansion in Australia, acquisition of Manettas and renamed Bidvest Australia.
1999
Booker Foodservice, acquired by Bidvest PLC, renamed 3663 First for Foodservice. Acquisition of Rennies Group.
2000
Acquisition of Island View Storage. Banking licence granted to Rennies Bank. Bidvest PLC enters the New Zealand foodservice market.
2001
John Lewis Foodservice acquired and incorporated into Bidvest Australia. mymarket.com, Bidvest's e-commerce initiative launched.
2002
Remaining 68% of Voltex acquired to form part of the Commercial Products division.
2003
The Bidvest Academy, a Group training and development programme launched. BEE initiative with Dinalta Investment Holdings announced.
2005
G Fox acquired.
2006
Acquired 100% Netherlands foodservice company, Deli XL and a controlling stake in HORECA Trade, a small Dubai-based foodservice distributor.
2007
Acquired 100% of Angliss, a foodservice wholesaler and distributor in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Rennies Bank became Bidvest Bank.
2008
Viamax acquisition concluded.
First carbon footprint analysis prepared.
2010
Nowaco Group foodservice businesses operating in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland acquired.
2011
Acquisition of Seafood Holdings, fresh fish foodservice business in the UK and foodservice distributor Nowaco Baltics.
2012
Acquisition of Deli Meals in China. Bidvest's first entry into South America.
2013
Acquisition of Aktes Holdings, the Mansfield Group and Home of Living Brands.
2014
Acquisition of Mvelaserve, Irmaos Avelino (Brazil), and Bidvest Espana (Spain).
2015
DAC (Italy), PLC Transport 24/7 (UK) acquired. Global footprint continues to expand.
2016
  • Acquisition of Plumblink
  • Foodservices unbundles to unlock shareholder value
  • Bidvest restructures, establishing a focused platform from which to pursue growth
2017
Acquisition of Brandcorp.