History

We service a wide mix of small, medium and large customers with tailor-made solutions fit for the businesses purpose. Our teams strive to understand the markets that they operate in, and remain close to customers to respond to their requirements. We continually look for areas where we can add value and deepen our relationships with our customers.

  • 2016

    Bidcorp
    Separately listed and unbundled the Foodservice operations, renamed the entity Bid Corporation Limited (Bidcorp).

  • 2015

    PCL

    Gruppo Dac
    Acquisition of a 60% stake in Gruppo Dac S.p.A, a leading Italian foodservice provider and 100% of PCL24/7 Transport Limited, a chilled products storage and distribution business in the UK.

  • 2014

    Irmãos Avelino
    Acquired a 60% stake in Distribuidora E Importadora Irmãos Avelino , a Brazilian foodservice provider.

  • 2013

    Aktaes
    Acquisition of 51% of Aktaes Holdings, a small Turkish Foodservice provider.

  • 2012

    Deli Meals
    Acquisition of 80% of Deli Meals in Chile, our first entry into South America.

  • 2011

    Seafood Holdings Limited
    Acquired 100% of Seafood Holdings, a market leading fresh fish foodservice business operating in the United Kingdom.



    Seafood Holdings Limited
    Acquired 100% of Nowaco Baltics (Lithuania, Estonia & Latvia), a leading distributor in frozen and chilled products across the Baltic region.

  • 2009

    Farutex

    Nowaco
    Acquired 94% of Nowaco, a leading foodservice provider operating in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and 91% of Farutex, a Polish foodservice provider.

  • 2007

    Angliss
    Acquired 100% of Angliss, a leading foodservice wholesaler and distributor in Singapore and Hong Kong.

  • 2006

    Horeca Trade

    Deli XL
    Acquired 100% of the Netherlands and Belgium foodservice company, Deli XL and an 80% stake in Horeca Trade, a small U.A.E based foodservice distributor.

  • 2004

    Bought out the minority shareholders in Bidvest plc.

  • 2001

    John Lewis Foodservice
    John Lewis Foodservice acquired and incorporated into Bidvest Australia, creating the leading foodservice distributor in Australia.

  • 2000

    Crean first for foodservice
    Bidvest plc enters the New Zealand foodservice market with the acquisition of 100% of Crean Foodservice.

  • 1999

    3663
    Booker Foodservice, renamed 3663 First for Foodservice, acquired by Bidvest plc.

  • 1998

    Bidcorp
    Established Bidvest plc (now Bidvest Foodservice International Limited) and Bidvest Australia Limited's shares were exchanged for shares in Bidvest plc.

  • 1997

    Manettas
    Acquired control of Manettas following a rights offer and Manettas was renamed Bidvest Australia Limited.

  • 1995

    Bidcorp
    Bidcorp was incorporated on August 17 1995 as a private company in SA.

    Manettas
    Acquired an initial 40% interest in listed Australian foodservice business Manettas, the start of our business in Australia.

  • 1992

    Crown Food Holdings
    Acquired Crown Food Holdings which later merged with National Spice to form the start of BFI in South Africa.

  • 1989

    Chipkins

    Sea World
    Acquired 100% of Chipkins followed shortly thereafter by the acquisition of Sea World signalling the start of Bidvest's foodservice operations in South Africa.