OUR STORY

FROM 1991 TO THE CURRENT DAY

1.Nature’s Harvest is a brand crafted by Judge’s Choice Petfood Company Ltd. Judge’s Choice started in 1991, founded by husband and wife team James & Hiroko Chester.

2.Judge’s Choice is still a family-owned company, based in Suffolk. We are well-established having been in business for over twenty five years, and have come a long way since we started from our kitchen table in 1991!

3.Since the year 1996, Judge’s Choice & Nature’s Harvest have been the proud holder of the Royal Warrant for the supply of pet food to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This is an honour of the highest magnitude and in our core business ethics we strive to maintain the standards of integrity that merit this superior accolade.

4.We are extremely proud of the Nature’s Harvest brand. We ensure that all our products are made to the same exacting standards, offering exceptional quality and value for money.

5.Here at Nature’s Harvest, we maintain a simple belief that it is better to offer a high quality product, fit for purpose, at a fair price, than offer sub-standard product ranges to sell cheaply. We pride ourselves on providing high standards of customer care and ensuring personal attention.  This is resonated by our loyal and growing customer base, who continue to agree with us.

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OUR TEAM

JAMES CHESTER

Founder & Chairman

“After spending many years living and working in Japan, I returned to England and realised my interest in Sales. After working in a handful of sales jobs including selling dog food, I quickly knew that the working dog environment was an area that interested me. In 1991, I decided to start my own company called Judge’s Choice Petfood Ltd of which Nature’s Harvest is its premier brand. We’ve come a long way since then! One of the greatest moments in my business journey was in 1996 when we were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Warrant for the supply of pet food.

I always look forward to the Autumn when I am able to attend many Labrador and Spaniel Working Gundog Trials, catching up with my customers. Some of them have been with me since I began over 25 years ago.

I have many hobbies that include outdoor pursuits such as travel. From a very young age, I have enjoyed both sea and fly-fishing and have been fortunate to enjoy this hobby in many different countries.”

HIROKO CHESTER

Founder

“Judge’s Choice & Nature’s Harvest has been a part of my life for over 25 years. I can still remember the early days when James & I worked out of the kitchen, while looking after my daughter’s and managing domestic life. Those were hectic times! For the first 15 years of Judge’s Choice & Nature’s Harvest I ran the office and all the administration that went with a busy and growing company. I also helped promote the business, and as a family we used to travel up to Scotland every year during the summer holidays with the girls and sell our products at various game fairs and agricultural shows. I think in my lifetime I have attended over 200!

I am originally from Kawasaki, Japan but have now lived in England for more years than I have in Japan! In my free time I enjoy the quieter pace of life and love to read and dabble in more creative passions of mine like embroidery, painting and cross stitch. I am blessed with 4 young grandsons that keep me young, active and sometimes exhausted!”

CHRIS WINCHESTER

Managing Director

“I joined Judge’s Choice and Nature’s Harvest as Director/Shareholder in 2001 after 16 years in the Agricultural Supply Industry latterly as Sales and Export Director for Volac International Limited. Following school and A Levels I attended Berkshire College in the UK, this was followed by a year in the USA at Minnesota University studying Ruminant nutrition before returning to the UK to work in animal feeds. My love has always been animal nutrition and the move into the pet sector was an exciting one combining my experience of sales and marketing with my nutritional knowledge. 

My time when not working within the business involves supporting my families interest in horses, with a livery and competition yard based at my home and supporting my daughter who now rides Internationally as a Showjumper including a number of team GB appearances.”

ROSEMARIE KING

Office Manager

“I joined Judge’s Choice & Nature’s Harvest in 2011 as the Office Manager. With my accountancy background, over a decade of experience working in the retail sector, and my love of dogs, I was really excited to join Judge’s. I manage everything from the accounts to stock control, to making sure everything runs smoothly in the office. The happiness of all our customers is of paramount importance to me and I am the person you will likely speak to when you call us!

I am originally from Nienburg, Germany but made the move to England 18 years ago. My hobbies include the simple pleasures in life, spending time with my family and my three grandchildren, Skye, Jack and Logan, socialising with friends and walking through the local woods with Alfie, my 1 year old Labrador who needs lots of exercise and keeps me fit. Travelling is also a passion of mine and at every opportunity my husband and I hop on a plane in search of a new adventure.”

CHIEKO CHESTER

Marketing Manager

“After spending time living and working in Japan, I decided to come back to the UK to begin a career in Advertising & Marketing in the technology sector. For over a decade I enjoyed the fast pace of this industry. After having children, I left technology behind and started my own venture with a friend called House of Cuckoo, crafting vegetable and fruit infused cupcakes. This took me on an exciting journey of cake!

I started working with Judge’s Choice & Nature’s Harvest in April 2016. It was in fact my Dad and Mum who started the business from our kitchen table and I am really proud to now be a part of the Judge’s Choice & Nature’s Harvest family.

I have a lovely husband and 2 crazy, fun-loving little boys who keep me on my toes! In my (copious amounts of…not) free time, I enjoy working out so I can then indulge in eating good food and drinking great wine with my friends!!”