It is founded the first company of the group, Bel Network Solutions, originally dedicated to software development, to the presentation of computer solutions, computer equipment sales and rendering of services in this sector of the market.
It is founded the Bel Distribuição S.A., a company dedicated to tobbacco commercialisation – is founded after the acquisition of small companies of trading and distribution of tobacco, mainly located in the Region Center of Portugal, and the simultaneous acquisition of several vending machines. Simultaneously, the company expands the business to Food&Beverage distribution.
The group acquires the vending assets of company Oliveira Beja, in Santarém.
The group acquires the vending assets of company Miranda Unipessoal, in Santarém.
The company DLP Portugal, S.A. is founded to expand the importation and exportation of Food&Beverage and Tobacco, and is acquired the vending company of Carregado.
The Group acquires Leirivending – Comércio, Distribuição e Vending S.A, a company with 14 years of history in the vending market of coffee, beverages and snacks that operates within the HORECA channel.
The group acquires the company Beiradis, the biggest distributor in Coimbra, also with vending machine.
Urbilink – Mediação Imobiliária, Lda, a real estate company, is acquired with the intention of creating a solid base for the development of this new strand that the Group also began to explore. Also launched in the same year the first own brand of the Group, the Coffee Bel, a coffee brand.
The Group acquires Futurete-Indústria de Máquinas de Café, Lda, a producer of handmade coffee machines and grinders. The company Bel Network Solutions gives birth to Grupo Bel S.A., a portuguese holding aggregating all the companies within the group. Currently, it is based in Carnaxide where the Innovation Centre is also housed. The Innovation Centre is dedicated to technology development of new projects, with the special focus on patents associated with the new products of the Group companies.
The Group acquires the companies SDT- Sociedade de Distribuição, Lda in Lisbon area and STR- Sociedade de Distribuição, a distribution society in Santarém.