Celebrating 90 years of the SPAR Brand

The 65th International SPAR Congress was held from 22-28 May in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In celebration of our 90th anniversary, we came together in the country where Adriaan van Well founded the brand in 1932. In 2023, the 66th International SPAR Congress will be held in KwaZulu Natal South Africa from 21 - 30 May. Details of the programme which includes Sunday-Thursday in Umhlanga, Thursday-Saturday post-congress and Saturday-Tuesday in Cape Town will be shared last quarter of this year.

View the invitation to the 66th International SPAR Congress in 2023 in South Africa given at the conclusion of this year’s Congress.


The Congress brings together leading executives of the SPAR global organisation, to review the strong achievements in growth over the past 12 months, and to look forward to the future and how as a global organisation, we shall maintain our growth.

2022 was a momentous occasion for the worldwide SPAR family as not only was the International SPAR Congress held live for the first time since 2019, but we are also celebrating our brand’s 90th anniversary.

Over the course of the week-long programme, delegates had the opportunity to network and connect with senior SPAR executives from around the world.

Monday 23rd May featured a programme of store visits which showcased the diverse offering by independent retailers through the SPAR Netherlands multi-format strategy.

During the Congress sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, participants  heard from an array of speakers on the latest issues impacting on and driving our global business forward.

Throughout the week, delegates had an opportunity to enjoy some of the wonderful sights that The Netherlands has to offer whilst building new networks and renewing existing ties with the worldwide SPAR family.




On Wednesday evening, SPAR delegates once again handed over a legacy donation to a charitable cause selected by SPAR Netherlands which focuses on supporting future generations to grow.