Founded in 1919 by Frank John Tytherleigh, a farsighted man who moved from Australia to the UK to begin his activity, the company initially acted as Buying and Shipping Agents for Australian businesses needing to source merchandise from the UK, Italy, France, Germany etc. No airplanes back then!!
In 1978 FJT was appointed as European Buying Agent for Coles Myer. Coles was the largest company in Australia employing people, only second to the Australian Government.
Coles was the first supermarket chain at that time, and their need of Italian products led to the establishing of F.J. TYTHERLEIGH ITALIA Srl. A marriage made in heaven.
In the early 90s Coles’ growing requests of European products made the Italian branch more prominent and so the business expanded from Australia into other countries. In 2003 Riccardo Scarpellini was appointed President of FJT Italia and he has developed the company further.
“I joined F.J.T. in 1956 as a messenger and retired 46 years later after an enjoyable career meeting great people along the way but none more significant than my colleagues and friends at FJT Italia.”
(appointed chairman of the company in 1980)