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Are Rowse’s jams and spreads ethical? 

Unfortunately, Rowse, a brand owned by Valeo Foods, has a low score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Jams & Spreads sector as it does not meet the minimum ethical benchmark.

Rowse’s score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Jams & Spreads Ethical Ratings Table means it cannot yet be considered an ethical brand. Because of this, Rowse is not eligible for Ethical Accreditation.

Do you wish to see how other jam and spread brands rank against Rowse within the Ethical Jams & Spreads sector? Visit the Jams & Spreads Ethical Ratings Table. The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can teach you more about the criteria that a brand must fulfil in order to receive a top rating.

All brands are encouraged by The Good Shopping Guide to begin introducing more ethical and sustainable practices, taking inspiration from our top-rated brands.

What does Rowse receive a top rating for?

Rowse receives a top rating for The Good Shopping Guide’s Organic category as some of its honey is certified by the Soil Association.

What does Rowse receives a low rating for?

Rowse only receives a middle rating for Public Record Criticisms. This is due to the fact that Valeo Foods has come under fire from GMB Union for paying its workers low wages, resulting in industrial action in March 2022.

Due to its parent company’s use of palm oil, Rowse also receives a bottom rating for the Palm Oil Free category.

What can Rowse do to improve its score? 

Rowse’s below benchmark score within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Jams & Spreads sector is the outcome of an assessment of a variety of ethical criteria.

Even though Rowse’s score does not currently meet the minimum ethical benchmark on The Good Shopping Guide’s Jams & Spreads Ethical Ratings Table, it is still encouraged to apply for Ethical Accreditation.  Once we have received its application, we will offer Rowse’s some tailored advice on how to improve its score and become a more ethical and sustainable brand.

Are you curious about how obtaining Ethical Accreditation could be beneficial for your brand? Accredited brands can display The Good Shopping Guide mark, showcasing to consumers that it can be trusted as an ethical and sustainable brand. Visit our Ratings Tables to learn about which brands have been awarded with our ethical certification.

Would you like more information? Please get in touch or fill out a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels


  • Palm Oil Free



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


= GSG Top Rating = GSG Middle Rating = GSG Bottom Rating