Rowcliffe is Britain's leading importer and distributor of fine foods to the specialist Independent trade.
The story begins in 1967 with the young Anthony Rowcliffe resolving to change British attitudes to cheese. Having discovered artisanal cheeses from small producers at a French market, he set off in 1966, armed with his best school boy French to sell red wax English cheeses in France. Returning with quality speciality cheeses from all over Europe he went on to conquer the UK market and the cheese available today is thanks to Anthony’s campaign to champion and support small producers.
We still uphold his values and our buying team munches and tastes frequently to ensure our range is ever evolving. Although Rowcliffe is known foremost for its unrivalled selection of cheeses, the range of products has increased significantly from those early days. The full offering now includes award-winning olives, the finest seafood, quality charcuterie, butters, olive oils, vinegars, luxury food and UK exclusive products. The team also relentlessly drives innovative new product development to shape and influence the industry.
Specialist products go hand in hand with high end service. The working ethos established in 1967 has developed a comprehensive, expert and flexible team supporting customers’ commercial needs. A specialist food technical team unique to the industry uses scientific and legal knowledge to optimise and protect your trade and knowledgeable sales consultants help in-store to ensure our customers are always reassured.
Even today, the ambition of Anthony is not forgotten and his son Tim sits in the Chairman’s seat flying the flag for hand-crafted traditions, maintaining the profile of quality producers and partnering with stores that keep the food stories alive.
Tim Rowcliffe (son of Anthony Rowcliffe) – Chairman
Son of the founder and current chairman Tim Rowcliffe, is a leading industry figure with many achievement awards received. He has chaired the Specialist Cheese Makers Association (SCA), is a founding corporate member of the Guild of Fine Food Retailers and currently a judge and founding member of the British Cheese Awards. Only recently, Tim’s contribution to the cheese industry was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Jason Fisher – Managing Director
Jason oversees Operations and is known to rise to any challenge due to his natural inclination to problem solve. With strong background in charcuterie, Jason has stellar knowledge of the food industry. Being a hands-on Managing Director, he can be found in customer’s stores, with producers and in tastings. With Tim and Jo, he shares responsibility for the strategic direction and commercial management of the business and was invited to join the board in January 2015.
Jo Mason FIFST – Company Director
Jo leads the esteemed Technical team, new business and product development opportunities. As part of her role in Rowcliffe, she works strategically with organisations including the SCA, the Food Standards Agency and SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval), she champions small retailers’ and producers’ needs. Jo was invited to join the board in January 2015.
The company’s wider expertise in selling British and Continental cheese continues to secure prestigious invitations to be represented on judging panels for the British Cheese Awards (BCA), World Cheese Awards (WCA), Great Yorkshire Show, Global Cheese Awards, International Cheese Awards along with the high profile Concours Général cheese judging competition in France.