2018: Bruggeman acquires DBBS

DBBS was founded in 1993 in Huy and specialised over the years in the production of aperitifs based on hand-pressed fresh fruit juices. The ZiZi Coin Coin brand is the flagship product of DBBS whose product range has been extended to include the Couille de Singe or Monkey Balls brand. DBBS is present on the Belgian market and on neighbouring markets such as France and the Netherlands. The exceptional quality and taste of these local Belgian brands are a real asset for the “local heroes” range.

2017: Bruggeman takes over Inspirits Premium Drinks

. Through this acquisition Bruggeman acquires the brands Joseph Guy, Jachtbitter, Café Marakesh, Gorter genever, Sonnema Berenburg (H. Jansen). With this acquisition, Bruggeman gains a Benelux organisational structure and becomes the market leader in the genever sector with the brands Peterman, Smeets and Hertekamp in Belux and Olifant, Goblet and Gorter in the Netherlands.

2015: Bruggeman becomes a real challenger on the Benelux spirits market

We continue to invest in our genever range by buying the Dutch genever brands Olifant, Smeets and Goblet from Wenneker. This integration also includes the acquisition of the Eliterna brand and 50% of the shares in Inspirits, enabling us to establish ourselves on the Dutch market and become a real challenger on the Benelux market.

2014: Bruggeman expands and develops its market area

To support our development, we expand our operational area by building a new state-of-the-art warehouse with a total surface area of 2400m²,  taking our storage capacity to over 5200 pallets. Bruggeman also enters into a joint-venture agreement with the Dutch company Inspirits to distribute the Poliakov, Label 5, Saint James and Porto Cruz brands in the Netherlands. This agreement enables Bruggeman to operate throughout Benelux.

2013: Bruggeman continues to expand its portfolio

In October 2013, Bruggeman adds the Porto Cruz, Mangaroca Batida de Côco and Negrita rum brands to its range, positioning itself more and more as a real challenger on the Belgian market.

2012: Bruggeman takes over the distribution of the Saint James brand for the Belgian and Luxembourg markets

Taking over the distribution of the Saint James brand enables Bruggeman to increase its brand portfolio and position itself on the rum market with a unique brand. A pure cane AOC Martinique rum

2011: Bruggeman buys Smeets, the no. 1 brand in Hasselt genever

By buying Smeets Bruggeman becomes the market leader in 30° and over grain genever.

2010: Continuation of the diversification process

Caraïbos, Tiscaz, Aguacana, Gibson, Bally and Old Nick enrich the brands on offer from  Bruggeman.

2009: The Group La Martiniquaise (France) buys Bruggeman

Expansion and diversificaiton of the spirit brand portfolio: Poliakov, Label 5 and Canadou.

1998: Purchase of Ainslie’s Whisky

 Bruggeman buys the international rights to the Scotch whisky Ainslie’s and its secondary brands: Royal Edinburgh and King's Legend.

1988: Purchase of the Hasselt Fryns distillery

 Bruggeman acquires the Hasselt Fryns distillery which enables it to produce Hasselt AOC genever.

1987: Opening of new production unit

The distillation department is moved from the city centre to a new industrial complex on Wiedauwkaai.

1952: Construction of an industrial molasses distillery

An industrial molasses distillery for yeast and alcohol is built in Langerbrugge.

1941: Construction of a grain distillery

A new grain distillery is built in Langerbrugge, along the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. Bread yeast is produced here from 1946 onwards. 

1924: Distillation

Anaïs Bruggeman, Pieter Bruggeman's daughter marries Louis de Schepper, the son of a brewer in the Brabantdam area of Ghent. Pieter Bruggeman relocates his “Noordpool” business to the Van Goethem brewery buildings “De drie sleutels” in Grauwpoort, Ghent. Louis de Schepper starts producing alcoholic drinks.

1884: Wine and liqueur distribution

The Belgian industrial revolution is at its height. Pieter Bruggeman starts trading in wines and liqueurs. He opens his “Noordpool” shop in the De Muide district of Ghent.