Joseph Flach was born on 28th December 1857 in the city of Aschaffenburgh, Bavaria, Germany. Joseph founded the firm of Joseph Flach & Sons from an office in the City of London in 1882.

Throughout the years we have progressed from a small office in London, through several different warehouses in London, then to a warehouse located in Peterborough and most recently to our new much larger warehouse facility which gives us great opportunity to expand and develop.

We are extremely proud of our roots and maintaining our core values is intrinsic to our future success.


JFS import, stock, wholesale and export botanical products from around the world. We also supply a range of pharmaceutical raw materials and related chemicals. 

The firm holds extensive stocks of Botanical raw materials, including medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, gums, spices, flowers, berries, seeds and peels, most of which can be supplied in either whole, cut, rubbed or powdered form. In more recent years, the range has been extended to include pharmaceutical raw materials, primary inorganic chemicals, tinctures and herbal extracts. 

Throughout the years the firm has not only gained expertise but also contacts worldwide and is able to offer an extensive range of products. 

Our customers, located in more than 25 countries, span 5 continents and they range from small specialist product manufacturers to world-wide recognised international businesses. Some of our customers have been with us for more than 50 years. 

Our customers use our fine quality products in several core markets: animal feeds, cosmetics, drinks, foods, herbal medicines, pharmaceuticals and teas. Our customers include specialist teas suppliers, famous distilleries and other drinks manufactures, high street cosmetic firms, international food brands, respected homeopathic medicine suppliers and a host of animal feed specialists.

Although we have a minimum order quantity of 10kgs we are flexible and responsive and we provide considerable assistance to developing business that need efficient access to product for product development and market testing.

Delivering what our customers need and expect is what has kept us going over the many decades since Joseph Flach started his business in 1882 in London and it remains what lies at the heart of our operation today.


Ethical fair trading and behaviour at all levels is vital to us. We have high standards and expectations for sustainable growing practices and for the protection and wellbeing of the staff involved in harvesting and shipping the products we provide.

All our products are bought, shipped, stored and supplied with full traceability of each individual batch. We have been dealing with most of our suppliers for many decades and have very strong and mutually respectful relationships with them. One of the ways we are able to provide the level of service that we do to our customers is because of the strength of the commercial and personal ties we have established over many, many years with our key suppliers.

Supportive, flexible and caring for staff, customers and suppliers.



Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to Joseph Flach & Sons Ltd.  Protecting the personal privacy of every one of our customers, vendors, and employees is a crucial part of gaining and keeping your trust in us.

This Privacy notice serves as our commitment to you to protect the security and privacy of your personal data andaims to give you information on how we collect and process your personal data through your use of our websites, products and communication systems.

Personal Data and Communication

Joseph Flach & Sons Ltd. would like to stay in touch with you and we will communicate with you to answer correspondence arriving from you by e-mail, telephone or in writing.    In doing this some of your data can be collected by us.   As an example, we hold information which includes name, business address, business email and business telephone contact information.   In order to conduct legitimate business with you we will collect your data;

  • whenever you become a legitimate prospective customer or prospective supplier of ours and we need to contact you to offer you our legitimate business services or request potential legitimate business services from you
  • whenever you become a customer or supplier of ours
  • whenever you register interest with us or use our services (e.g. when you log in to our web site or each time you request information from us)
  • whenever you fill in forms, documents or contracts that we may send to you from time to time
  • whenever you use our services and products
  • whenever you opt-in to our marketing communications, including but not limited to emails, blogs, newsletters, online and live event registrations, and other promotional information and materials as may be appropriate
  • whenever you contact us via the various channels we offer you

You can withdraw your consent at any time by phoning us on 01733 371221 or emailing us at contact@jospehflach.co.uk. 

Our Promise

With your data which we hold;

  • we will protect confidentiality and restrict the use of such data to necessary business activities.
  • we will only use personal information in a way and for a purpose that you would reasonably expected in accordance with this policy.
  • we will not sell your data to any third parties.
  • we may sometimes share your information with our subsidiaries, with trusted service providers and selected partners who work with us to service your organization. We ensure that any third parties with access to your data are held to strict standards for data use and security.

Joseph Flach & Sons Ltd and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018 and this impacts every organisation which holds or processes personal data relating to an EU citizen (including UK citizens).   It introduces new responsibilities, including the need to demonstrate compliance, more stringent enforcement and substantially increased penalties than the current Data Protection Act (DPA) which it will supersede.

Joseph Flach & Sons Ltd. is already committed to high standards of data security and information non-disclosure. 

We have extended the existing security and business management systems we already employ in our business and we have deployed systems to identify all critical data that we hold and ensure that we treat it in accordance with the required legislation. We will continue to monitor our use of your data and our procedures for the use of your data. 

We protect your data using technical measures to minimize the risks of misuse, unauthorized access, unauthorized disclosure, loss or theft and loss of access.   Some of the safeguards we use are data encryption, firewalls, and data access authorization controls (passwords). We take our data security very seriously.   Therefore, the security mechanisms used to protect your data are checked and updated to provide effective protection against abuse.

We comply with our obligations under applicable privacy laws by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by collecting and retaining only the necessary data that we need to provide our service to you; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

How we use Your Data

If you have given us your consent, we will contact you with information and updates.  This includes information about our products and relating to how we service your commercial needs.  We will also check from time to time that you still happy to be contacted by us.

If you wish to opt-in or "subscribe" to our marketing communications, we will use your name and email address to send the communications to you.  Out of respect for your privacy, if you no longer wish to receive these communications from us, you may follow the opting-out or "unsubscribe" instructions provided in the link at the bottom of our marketing communication emails, or update your account settings.

We have a legal obligation to comply with requests for the disclosure of personal information where this is required or permitted by law, for example to the UK's HMRC.   Requests submitted in accordance with and meeting the relevant legal requirements will be validated through proof of identity before any disclosure is made.

We may share your personal details with the emergency services in extreme situations such as an accident or medical emergency, if it is essential for the preservation of life (yours or another persons’) for us to do so.

No personal information will be kept in perpetuity.  We will keep your personal data for no longer than reasonably necessary for the given purpose for which your data is processed.  Notwithstanding the above, we may retain your personal data as required by applicable laws and regulations, as necessary to assist with any government and judicial investigations, to initiate or defend legal claims or for the purpose of civil, criminal or administrative proceedings.  If none of the above is grounds for us to keep your data, we will delete and dispose of your data in a secure manner according to our data protection policy.

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with us or with the Information Commissioners Office https://ico.org.uk.   However, we would appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO, so please feel free to contact us in the first instance.

 Visitors to our Websites

Our website at www.josephflach.co.uk is encoded using the encryption module of your browser and is certified for international encryption techniques. We use SSL (Secure Socket Layers) encryption to protect your personal information and Extended Validation to help you verify you are talking to us.

When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information including details of visitor behaviour patterns.   We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of our site.   This information is collected anonymously without identifying anyone.

ICO Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations Guidance on the rules on use of cookies and similar technologies are available via email.


We collect details from e-mail messages you may send to us.    We will collect details including your e-mail address, name, company and contact details, including telephone numbers and email addresses.