Saks’s Partners With Pusateri’s For Food Hall In Canada

pusateri_0000_Layer 4Saks Fifth Avenue announced that Pusateri’s Fine Foods would be the operating partner for two Saks food halls in Canada to open in 2016.

Pusateri’s has a reputation for excellence, selection and passion in food, which started with the founder, Cosimo Pusateri’s small fruit and vegetable stand. From modest beginnings, Pusateri’s is now a leading specialist in gourmet fine foods with three upscale Toronto area stores and local catering business.

pusateri_0002_Layer 2 copy“We are thrilled to partner with Pusateri’s as our food purveyor for the exciting launch of Saks Fifth Avenue in Canada,” said Richard Baker, Governor and CEO, Hudson’s Bay Company in a release announcing the partnership.

Baker says Saks Fifth Avenue’s food hall installations are intended to create an “elevated customer experience” that is in keeping with the Sak’s brand. The first two locations will be at the Toronto Eaton Centre and Sherway Gardens locations.

pusateri_0001_Layer 3 copyElevated service and sensory experience
The importance of customer service was common ground and motivation for these two disparate sized companies to forge a partnership. The theatrical and sensory experience of a food hall that draws more frequent visits may be another.

Pusateri’s is delighted to be working with Saks Fifth Avenue to operate the food hall installations,” said Frank Luchetta, President, Pusateri’s Fine Foods, and brother-in-law of the founder. “Saks Fifth Avenue’s superior dedication to exceptional quality and first-class customer service reflects the commitment to client care Pusateri’s holds at its core.”

Plans are to create a fresh and modern atmosphere, where the food hall offerings will include specialized sit-down food options, a selection of gourmet packaged products and tempting culinary stations.

pusateri_0003_Layer 1Pusateri’s Private Brand
Among the selection is expected be some of Pusateri’s best selling private brands
Pusateri’s olive oil and a Pusteri’s white balsamic vinegar, various sauces, jams and Pusateri’s Monte Bianco Espresso coffee. Pusateri’s reputation for sourcing fresh and packaged food from all over the world is extended to a few private brand items. All come with a guarantee they meet the company’s high taste and quality standards.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.