Posted: 31/01/2019

Rowcliffe customers will “see no change” after surprise sale to Italian producer Ambrosi

(L-R) chairman Tim Rowcliffe, managing director Sergio Raglio, and president of Ambrosi S.p.A Giuseppe Ambrosi

Farm shops and delis supplied by Rowcliffe will see no change despite the cheese & fine food distributor’s surprise sale to Italian cheese producer Ambrosi, says its chairman Tim Rowcliffe.

Speaking to FFD after the news emerged on Thursday 31st January, Rowcliffe said: “It’s not going to change anything. Our supplier base is still the same, our customers are still the same and our ethos is still the same. If anything, there will be a much bigger emphasis to sell Italian cheese but that can only be a good thing.”

Rowcliffe has been bought by Ambrosi (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Ambrosi S.p.A, which produces traditional Italian cheeses including Grana Padano Riserva and Aged Parmigiano Reggiano DOP.

Ambrosi’s HQ is in Brescia, Lombardy in Northern Italy but the company also has bases in America and France and was looking to set up a base in the UK.

“They have been supplying us with Italian cheese for many years, so they approached us about joining forces,” Rowcliffe said. “That is what the deal is about, the joining of two excellent forces.”

While the acquisition will see the business operate as normal under the Rowcliffe name with Tim Rowcliffe supporting as Chairman, Sergio Raglio of Ambrosi (UK) will take over from Jason Fisher as managing director. However, FFD understands that Fisher will remain at the company under a new job title.

“We are delighted to be working with Tim Rowcliffe and his team,” said Giuseppe Ambrosi, President of Ambrosi S.p.A. “The business is highly regarded in the industry with award-winning products and nationwide distribution. We can now safely take the reins and further develop the strengths of the two businesses to benefit both customers and suppliers.”

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