BWG Group was originally part of the Brooks Watson Group before being acquired by Irish Distillers in the 1980s. The BWG Group was acquired from the French drinks company Pernod Ricard in August 2002 following a management buy-out, which was supported by Electra Partners, the London based venture capital company. In October 2006, Triode Investments Limited, a company controlled by Leo Crawford, John Clohisey and John O’Donnell completed the purchase of BWG Group from Electra. In 2014, The SPAR Group Limited (SPAR South Africa) invested in a joint venture with the BWG management team to acquire the BWG Group of companies. The SPAR Group is a leading publicly quoted wholesaler and distributor to over 1,800 independent retailers spread across Southern Africa. The joint venture was owned 80% by SPAR South Africa and 20% by Leo Crawford, John Clohisey and John O’Donnell until 2021 when The SPAR Group (South Africa) assumed 100% control. BWG is very much recognised for innovation in food retailing and the company has won many prestigious local and international industry awards.
Mace is founded in Ireland
Value Centre is Founded
Brooks Watson Group (BWG) is formed by an amalgamation of the four independent SPAR wholesale companies. BWG secures control of the SPAR Brand for Ireland
BWG acquires MNC (Merchants National CoOp)
BWG is acquired by Irish Distillers.
SPAR Eight til late convenience store concept is launched. Eight till Twelve group join SPAR.
BWG and Irish Distillers are acquired by Pernod Ricard.
Eight to Twelve group acquires the 7 Eleven stores in Dublin.
Newhill is formed incorporating Eight to Twelve with BWG as minority shareholder.
Greenhills Wines & Spirits is created by BWG.
BWG acquires J&J Haslett the MACE wholesaler in Northern Ireland.
BWG acquires Appleby Westward, the SPAR wholesaler in South West England. XL Symbol group is launched. EUROSPAR and SPAR Express formats are launched.
BWG acquires Punch & Co (Vantage Wholesale) the MACE wholesaler in Munster.
BWG Foodservice is established.
Management buy-out of BWG and Newhill, supported by Electra Partners.
BWG acquires Tolan Foodservice. J&J Haslett sold to management.
Triode Investment Ltd completes purchase of BWG Group from Electra (Cognetas). BWG acquires Connolly Foodservice and Wicklow Cash & Carry.
BWG acquires Mangans Wholesale securing control of the MACE brand in Ireland. Greenhills Wines & Spirits becomes BWG Wines and Spirits.
240,000 sq ft BWG National Distribution Centre opens at Kilcarbery Business Park. Morris Brothers Wholesale is acquired.
BWG announces a new ownership structure in partnership with SPAR South Africa.
BWG acquires Londis ADM.
BWG Acquires Gillet's UK.
BWG acquires 4 Aces and becomes a member of Gala Retail. BWG Acquires Corrib Food Products.
BWG Launches Williams Gate. BWG acquires Cox's Wholesale Cash & Carry. BWG acquires distribution for LSN (Sports Nutrition).BWG acquires McCarrick Brothers Wholesale Longford Limited.
BWG launches Inishella. BWG acquires Tuffy Wholesale.