The Bidvest Group

History

1988
  • First acquisition - Chipkins followed by Sea World. The start of foodservices.
1989
  • Acquisition of Afcom Group marks the start of Bidvest Commercial Products.
1990
  • Bid Corporation becomes holding company of Bidvest.
1991
  • Acquisition of Steiner Services, beginning of the hygiene services business and Bidvest Services.
1992
  • Acquisition of Crown Food Holdings, merged with National Spice to form Crown National.
1993
  • Prestige Cleaning Services acquired and grouped with Steiner.
  • Acquisition of Safcor, the start of Bidvest Freight.
1995
  • Acquisition of Manettas and renamed Bidvest Australia.
1997
  • Acquired Waltons, which included the Konica Minolta operations, to start Bidvest Office.
1999
  • Booker Foodservice, acquired.
  • Acquisition of Rennies Group and Lithotech.
2000
  • Bidvest PLC acquired Crean.
  • Acquisition of Island View Storage.
  • Banking licence granted to Rennies Bank, to form Bidvest Financial Services.
2001
  • John Lewis Foodservice acquired.
  • mymarket.com, Bidvest’s e-commerce initiative launched.
2002
  • Paragon was acquired and merged with Lithotech.
  • Remaining 68% of Voltex acquired, the start of Bidvest Electical.
2003
  • The Bidvest Academy, a Group training and development programme launched.
  • BEE initiative with Dinatla Investment Holdings announced.
2004
  • Acquired McCarthy, SA’s second largest motor retailer, to form Bidvest Automotive.
2005
  • G Fox acquired.
2006
  • Acquired Deli XL and a controlling stake in HORECA Trade.
  • Top Turf and Execuflora acquired. Acquired Versalec.
2007
  • Acquired Anglis.
  • Rennies Bank became Bidvest Bank.
2008
  • Viamax acquisition concluded.
  • First carbon footprint analysis prepared.
2010
  • Acquired Nowaco Group.
  • Bidvest Namibia lists; Bidvest owns 52%.
  • Expand services basket through Pureau and Bidtrack acquisitions.
2011
  • Acquisition of Seafood Holdings, Nowaco Baltics.
  • Acquired Rotolabel.
2012
  • Acquisition of Deli Meals.
2013
  • Acquisition of Home of Living Brands.
2014
  • Acquisition of Mvelaserve.
  • Academy Brushware acquired.
2015
  • DAC (Italy); PLC Transport 24/7 (UK) acquired.
  • Compendium and Bush Breaks acquisitions concluded.
2016
  • Foodservices unbundles to unlock shareholder value.
  • Acquisition of Plumblink and Glassock.
2017
  • Acquisition of Brandcorp, Technilamp, Eagle Lightning.
FY18
  • Acquired Noonan, Bidvest’s first international acquisition.