A little bit of background to our company
Anthony Rowcliffe & Son is Britain's leading direct importer and distributor of fine cheeses to the specialist independent trade. According to a recent 'Food from Britain' survey, this business now trades regularly with a staggering 49 per cent of all UK delicatessens.
The story begins with the young Anthony Rowcliffe resolving to pioneer a change in British attitudes to cheese and in 1967, starting to import quality speciality cheeses from all over Europe. Although Anthony Rowcliffe will always be known, first and foremost, for its unrivalled selection of cheeses, the range of products distributed has increased significantly from those early days. The full offering now includes award-winning olives and insalatas, the finest seafood and fantastic charcuterie. We have also become a one-stop-shop for all chilled delicatessen products excluding pies and salads.
The ambition of Anthony, Tim’s father, was to have a customer in every town in the UK, an ambition that we are well on our way to achieving, with 2500 active accounts with independents.
Our chairman, Tim Rowcliffe, is on the committee (and has been Chairman) of the SCA - Specialist Cheese Makers Association. And with over 100 years experience in buying and selling British and continental cheese, we have also been honoured to be represented on judging panels for BCA, WCA and Concours General.