Food Depot: European Foods, Meats, and 600 Varieties of Cheese!
05 Jan 2018
600 varieties of cheese. Do I have your attention? Food Depot International in Etobicoke has lots of European foods, pickles, chocolates, cookies, meats… and cheese. Lots of cheese.
It really is a labour of love for owner Juergen Santog (President) and his son Rick (Vice President). “This place started 22 years ago, that’s the first time we went into retail”, says Juergen. “I travelled Europe to find all the different lines of cheese.”
“We have access to certain cheeses at prices that the retailers don’t“, Rick adds.
Food Depot International is a family owned business that has the largest selection of import and domestic cheese. They specialize in European groceries, meats, and carry a huge selection of European confectionary. Because they are a warehouse and are in an industrial area, they are able to keep their costs low, and pass that on to their customers by offering wholesale pricing. Food Depot prides themselves on great customer service.
Juergen has been in the cheese business for 60 years, 18 of those years as president of Anco Foods (now part of the Agropur Co-op). After he left Anco Foods, Juergen started his own business, Recson Food Ltd., servicing cheese distribution in Ontario, and became the third largest distributor in Ontario. He later sold that business to the Saputo Cheese Co. Once Recson was sold, he opened Food Depot International Inc. with a partner to try the retail side of the business. The partner wanted to retire, so Juergen recruited his son Rick. Since then, Food Depot has evolved from retail only, to retail and cheese distribution. “We started selling to restaurants and delicatessens.” says Rick. “We also started to import retail dry goods from Europe, Germany in particular. This became very popular for us. Our distribution, particularly with the delis, expanded dramatically.”
A few weeks ago, we got an exclusive look at Food Depot, and were able to sample many of the meats and cheeses available in store. Many of the foods I was brought up on can be located in this store.
Every year at Christmas, I go on the hunt for marzipan for my Mum. She does’t use it in icing… she just likes the taste. Like someone eating a chocolate bar… she likes to enjoy a nice piece of quality marzipan. But there’s a catch… she doesn’t want it chocolate covered, which is really tough to find. Chocolate covered marzipan can be found at most European food stores. Within 5 minutes of walking around the Food Depot, I found just what I was looking for, and knew I would make my Mum’s day.
Speaking of Christmas, let me drop a few names for you…
Asbach Christmas Bottles, Asbach Brandy Bottles, Brandy Beans, Casali Rum Kokos, Cavendish & Harvey Candies, Coppenrath Cookies, Kinkartz Cookies, Kuchenmeister Stollen, Kuchenmeister Stollen, Dresdner Chiststollen, Lambertz Chocolate, Lambertz Iced Gingerbread, Lambertz Cookie Music Tin, Manner Gingerbread, Niederegger Marzipan, Niederegger Capuccino Mix, Niederegger Treats, Niederegger Marzipanstollen, Niederegger Truffles, Palmin Cooking Lard, Ragusa Blondies, Mozart Violin Candies, Mozart Piano Candies, Riegelein Fondant, Riegelein Chocolate Pigs, Riegelein Chocolate Santa, Riegelein Chocolate Shots, Riegelein Hangons, Riegelein Lady Bugs, Mini Chocolates, Chocolate Covered Marzipan, Stockmeyer Gingerbread Kit, Taylor’s Christmas Tea, Weiss Contrella, Weiss Gingerbread Candies, Chocolate Hangons.
Mouth watering yet? Food Depot is your hookup.
If you are a cheese lover, you have got to check this place out. If you want a larger piece than what they already have packaged, just ask, and they will cut you a bigger piece and package it for you. They have the staff on hand. “Our survival is getting it out the front door as fast as we can”, says Rick.
Cave Aged, Emmenthal, Tilsit, Gruyere, Appenzeller, Scharfer Max, Lucerner, Tete De Moine, Vigneron, Fondue, Raclette, Vacherin
Emmenthal, Edam, Cambozola, Limburger, Butter Cheese
Emmenthal, Edam, Smoked Gruyere
Emmenthal, Edam, Trappist, Smoked Trappist
Edam, Smoked Rolada, Smoked Hunter Cheese, Assorted Cream Cheeses
Saxon Shire, Wenseydale, Double Gloucester, Cheddar with Whiskey, Red Leicester, Cheddar Caramelized Onion, Shropshire, White Leicester, Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Vintage Cheddar, Wenseydale with Apricot & Mango, Wensleydale with Cranberry, Wensleydale with Apricot, Wensleydale with Cherries, Blue Stilton, Double Gloucester with Stilton, Cheddar Beer & Mustard
Cheddar, Cheddar with Chives, Cheddar with Whiskey, Porter with Guinness
Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano, Reggiano, Aged Asiago, Gorgonzola
Emmenthal, Le Rustique, St. Andre, St. Morgen, Chevrue, Roquefort, Bleu D’ Averne, Sainte Agur, Brie Double Crème, Brie Triple Creme, Port Salut
Kefalotiri, Kefalo Graviera, Saganaki, Sheep Feta, Goat Feta, Cow Feta, Halloumi, Manouri
Assorted Cream Cheese, Cheddar, Smoked Gruyere
Ski Queen, Jarlesberg
Iberico, Goat Cheese with Rosemary, Manchego 12 month, Manchego 6 Month, Goat Cheese with Wine, Spanish Goat Cheese
Bellavitano (All Flavours), Asiago, Gorgonzola
Kashkaval, Sheep Feta
Edam, Beemster (All Ages), Gouda (All Ages), Aged Rembrandt, Blue Goat Cheese, Goat Gouda, Gouda (Many Flavours)
Brie Double Crème, Danish Fontina, Edam, Gouda, Fontina
Champfleury, Gouda, Oka, L’Artisan, Goat Brie, Assorted Crumble Goat, Grated Parmesan, Aged Goat Cheddar, Mozzarella 20%, Smoked Mozzarella, Cow Feta, Goat Feta, Brie Double Crème, Brie Triple Creme, Havarti, Flavoured Havarti(s), Sheep Feta, Aged Smoked Cheddar, Maple Smoked Cheddar, Cheddar with Horseradish
They also have large selection of cured meats, for the meat lovers like me. I made sure I picked up some pepper salami before leaving.
Weisswurst, Bratwurst, Turkey Bratwurst, Farmers’s Sausage, Octoberfest Sausage, Nurenburger Bratwurst, Spinach Bratwurst, Cabanossi, Hungarian Csabai
Natural Casing Pork Wienersm, Veal Wieners, Bockwurst, Knackers
Pork Tongue, Pork Hock, Garlic Head Cheese, Head Cheese with Vinegar, Pickle & Carrot, Veal with Vegetable, Blood & Tongue Pork, Paprika, Thuringer
Goose Liver, Cognac, Parsley, Liver & Bacon, Farmer’s Style, Fine Liver, Coarse Liver, Hausmacher, Peppercorn, Double Smoked
In Natural Casing, Gelbwurst, Gelbwurst with Parsley, Lyoner Style
Fine Teewurst (Pork), Coarse Teewurst, Zweibelmettwurst (Onion Pork Tartar), Pork Lard with Bacon
Smoked and Dry Cured
Double Smoked, Dry-cured, Applewood Smoked, Farmer’s Style (Dark Smoked), Pork Back Fat (Prod of Germany)
Meat Salad (Fleischsalat), Kassler (Smoked Pork Loin), Leberkaese (Bavarian style Fine Meat Loaf), Mini Ham, Smoked Pork Hock, Smoked Turkey Thigh, Smoked Turkey Leg
Dry Cured Salami
Pepperette Mild, Hot, Jalopeno, Honey & Garlic, Original Hungarian Pick, Kaiser Salami, German Salami, Hungarian Salami, Bacon Salami, Spicy Salami, Italian Style Rose, Italian Style Chiante, Italian Style Pinot Grigio, Italian Style Salsiccia, Italian Style Piccante, Pepper Rubbed Salami, Gypsy Salami, Chorizo Salami, Farmer Salami (Prod of Germany)
There’s also a great selection of pickles, spreads, sauces, soups, cereals, honey, crackers, cookies, beans, barley, wine… you name it. Those hard to find items you saw on your last trip to Vienna? Food Depot has got ‘em.
Food Depot is working on delivery for 2018. “Our retail prices are significantly less than retail, so we want to get it to the consumer by delivery as cost-effective as possible”, says Rick. “We started co-packing for Hello Fresh’s on-line meal plans. Due to Hello Fresh’s success and growth via their online business, we decided to explore offering online sales from Food Depot starting this Spring. Since the foundation of our business is Cheese, we would like to offer our 600 different types of cheese via online directly to the customer.”
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