BRU - History - 20th century

Some main facts which happened in the 20th century...

In 1903, the use of the BRU springs is granted for a period of 30 years to three gentlemen from Antwerp, all from different horizons: a physician, a teacher and a pharmacist who was into business. 
The operating company P. Lepage & Cie is the first to abstract and bottle water from the springs on an industrial level.  In 1906, it changes its name into “Compagnie des eaux de Chevron S.A.” (Chevron Waters Company limited).

Following some difficulties, the company is sold in 1925 and becomes the ”Compagnie Générale de Chevron S.A.” (Chevron General Company limited).

The General Company is bought out in 1942 by a holding company called “Finances et Industrie” owned by Ernest du Bois, whose descendants are still involved in the present company. 
The shares are transferred first to Spa Monopole in 1944, then sold to the company Comidel in 1979 and finally transferred to Spadel group in 1981.

Thanks to the introduction of a new market segment for "slightly sparkling" drinks in Belgium, BRU is able to increase its sales fivefold as from 1982.

In 1985, the Spadel Group changes the company’s name to BRU-CHEVRON S.A.

A new agreement is signed for 69 years with the municipality of Stoumont, the present owner of the springs, in 1993.

The high quality standards of BRU-CHEVRON are recognized through an IS0 9002 certificate, in 1996.

Since 1999, BRU-CHEVRON is certified ISO 14001 for its environmental management.

The new BRU-CHEVRON facilities are inaugurated in 2001

 

One year later, BRU, leader on the market of sparkling water in Belgian supermarkets, celebrates its 100th anniversary with yearly sales of 40 million litres.

2006 is an important year with two major facts :
- BRU still water is introduced on the national market and is now available for export in glass bottles of 0.75 L and 0.5 L.
- The former bottling site of BRU-CHEVRON is handed back to nature.

 

Thanks to this,  BRU-CHEVRON receives the 2007 Special Media Award (Environment & Energy Award) for the rehabilitation of its former bottling site.

For this project, Bru was also nominated for the 2007-2008 Belgian Environment Award.