Perth’s newest food store lets customers taste way around Europe

Rae Rhodes with Wensleydale and Blueberry cheese from Somerdale and Edam Cheese Ball from Frico inside the refrigerated cheese room. Photo: David Baylis
Rae Rhodes with Wensleydale and Blueberry cheese from Somerdale and Edam Cheese Ball from Frico inside the refrigerated cheese room. Photo: David Baylis

CUSTOMERS can taste their way around Europe – from Belgian chocolate to authentic Italian tomato sauce to Dutch cheese – at Osborne Park’s newest food store.

European Foods Marketplace is a mecca for foodies that aims to provide an immersive and tactile experience with samples, masterclasses, trade education and a cafe.

The formerly Northbridge-based wholesaler, established 60 years ago as the wholesale arm of The Re Store, has become one of Australia’s largest importers of speciality food and beverages.

Well-known Swan Valley producers the Yukich family bought the company last year but retain a close connection to the Re family, with founder John Re’s grandson John Ferrari continuing in his role as coffee and beverage chief operating officer.

Samantha Stevens and Tony Hristianopoulos on the can of beans throne inside European Foods. Photo: David Baylis

“When European Foods were looking for a new location, accessibility to our customers was key,” chief executive Miguel Buccellato said.

“Finding our new facility in Osborne Park, with lots of parking, easy access and street presence, has been ideal.”

“We are a wholesaler and so being so close to many of our clients benefits our business model. Being the home of the cheese cathedral, Australia’s largest cheese fridge, gives everyone a reason to visit.”

The coffee tasting area the store. Photo; David Baylis

The store is divided into separate areas, such as the market floor, cellar, chiller, coffee tasting and a 60sq m cheese room, touted as Australia’s biggest speciality cheese display, boasting more than 250 varieties.

It plans to offer cheese workshops and cheese and wine tasting, plus has an on-site specialist who can advise on everything from selection to storage.

The marketplace is open Mondays to Saturdays from 8am to 6pm at 90 Frobisher Street, Osborne Park.

Take a look inside the store in our video by photographer David Baylis below.

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