It takes decades for groundwater to gather all its health-giving properties.
Just like the path of natural mineral water, Spadel’s history has been built slowly over the years, and with innovations always driven by the du Bois family.
From the Belgian High Fens to the hilly lands of the Vosges, we’ve taken our mission to heart: to protect the places where these natural mineral waters spring up, to preserve their original purity and nutritional qualities.
Here are the milestones that built a European player via the development of regional brands, each well established in its own place of origin.
The beginning: Spa water begins to be bottled and then exported to France.
An ordinance from the Principality of Liège forbids mixing city water with water from the Spa springs.
The Principality of Liège puts in place a new protective measure via a first decree/Spa law to protect aquifer sources and to prevent the alteration of natural catchment areas.
The first protection perimeter of 34.6 hectares was created around the source of Pierre-le-Grand Spa, a unique arrangement in Europe at the time.
The foundation of the S.A. Compagnie Fermière des Eaux et des Bains de Spa marks the start of the development of the spring waters of Spa.
The transformation of Compagnie Fermière des Eaux et des Bains de Spa into Spa Monopole - Compagnie des Eaux de Spa. This is the beginning of the use of the Reine spring.
Creation of the Henrijean Institute, the first hydrology laboratory in Europe, which will later become the R&D department of Spadel.
Ernest du Bois, cofounder of Spa Monopole, acquires rival brand Chevron, thereby putting an end to competition dating back to the 1920s.
1923 - 1947
Ernest du Bois
The founder of Pure Carbonic Acid in 1918, he was responsible for the growth of Spa Monopole and the first innovations produced with the Chevalier de Thier.
Spa Monopole set out to conquer the Netherlands by being the first group to establish itself in this market, the Dutch previously preferring to drink tap water.
1947 - 1990
Guy Jacques du Bois
This manager’s involvement allowed the company to move from a cottage industry to a large European industrial group.
Spa Monopole becomes S.A. Spadel.
1990 - 2000
Guy Bernard du Bois
A wise administrator, he overcame a crisis in the group and worked to strengthen its independence.
Spadel acquires the Grandes Sources de Wattwiller, which spring from the heart of the Ballons des Vosges Natural Park, in the south of Alsace.
Spa® mineral waters are given indisputable scientific credibility by winning the prestigious First European Quality Prize for Natural Mineral Waters, awarded by the European Centre for Research in Mineral Waters from among 2,000 water brands.
Spadel acquires Carola® (mineral water from Ribeauvillé) and its weakly mineralised water.
Launch of the flavoured waters range: Spadel innovates by creating a market for sparkling, healthy and sugar-free drinks.
Spadel obtains the "CO2 neutral" label at company level.
Marc du Bois
He brings a new wave of innovation to the group and directs its growth towards sustainability and environmental protection, without compromising on operational excellence.
The acquisition of Devin, market leader in bottled water in Bulgaria, marks the group's desire to market natural waters with a strong regional position.
Spadel invests further in carbon neutrality and obtains the "CO2 neutral" label for its products over their entire life cycle.