European Foods Marketplace
Iconic Perth brand European Foods dates back to 1936 when John Re, the son of a Sicilian immigrant, opened the Re Store in Northbridge. The business started wholesaling as European Foods in 1960 and pioneered the importation of Italian products such as parmesan cheese, tinned tomatoes and Campari into WA.
European Foods was sold to the Swan Valley-based Yukich family in 2018 and sits alongside other local brands including Oakover and Fiori Coffee. In 2019, European Foods opened the Marketplace in Osborne Park: a spacious trade centre that includes a cafe, spaces for cooking demonstrations, barista training and Australia’s largest cheese room.
While aimed primarily at wholesale customers, public shoppers are welcome to become members in a “cash-and-carry”-style model. While European Foods was traditionally an importer, the business has recognised an increasing demand for local products, and has adjusted their stock in response to that.
One of the Marketplace’s key features is the glass-walled “cheese cathedral”, which is home to 350 cheeses from 13 countries. Local dairy product distributor Blue Cow Cheese Company was recently acquired by the business.
Coffee is a substantial part of the European Foods business, and the Marketplace’s public cafe is used to showcase the group’s brands, which include Fiori, Crema and Northbridge Coffee Roasters.