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Our History

On the surface, RH Amar are importers and distributors of fine foods. Scratch the surface and you’ll discover a family-owned company passionate about everything it does. The company proudly takes its name from our founding father, food and drink pioneer Raoul Amar, who set up the business in 1945.


Raoul Amar borrows £2,000 and sets up in business as a distributor of French foods


Based in High Holborn, RH Amar widens activity to include products from many countries


RH Amar enters the fine food sector by becoming distributor for Crespo olives


Henry Amar joins the family business, becoming Sales Director in 1966


RH Amar relocates from the City of London to Amersham in Buckinghamshire


Raoul Amar dies, and Henry Amar becomes the company's Managing Director


After using third-party warehousing for 40 years, RH Amar opens its first warehouse


RH Amar moves to its present site at Turnpike Way, High Wycombe


Henry’s elder son, Rob, joins the company, taking the business into the third generation


RH Amar launches its first house brand, Cooks&Co


Henry Amar becomes non-executive Chairman, and Rob Amar becomes Managing Director


RH Amar takes on a second warehouse in Turnpike Way to pave the way for future growth


Henry’s younger son, James, extends the family connection by joining the business. Rob also makes the commitment that RH Amar will donate 10% of its profits to charity every year


RH Amar celebrates its 75th anniversary. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the celebrations take place on Zoom


RH Amar launches its Doing Business Better strategy, with the aim of balancing purpose with profit, and being a force for good


In its 10th year of donating 10% of profits to charity, RH Amar reaches the £2m milestone of donations made, with 85+ charities benefitting