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Gourmet Retailer of the Year 2009, 2010, 2012
Culina
As Singapore's leading food and beverage distributor and winner of World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence as Gourmet Retailer of the Year (2009, 2010 & 2012), Wine Retailer of the Year (2009 & 2010), Wine Distributor of the Year (2010) and Gourmet Distributor of the Year (2009 & 2012); Culina prides itself on providing its customers with only the very best in imported fine wines and quality foods. Established in 1994, our reputation for excellent sourcing abilities, competitive pricing, stellar aftersales service and prompt delivery has made us the distributor of choice to the leading hotels, restaurants and retail outlets in Singapore. Our international team of food aficionados is dedicated to scouring the globe in search of the best foods the world has to offer. Our products inspire professional chefs and amateur gourmets alike.

Culina brings you only the best of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables from Australia and Europe, artisan and gourmet cheeses from France, fragrant white truffles from Alba and black truffles from Perigord, true balsamic vinegars from Modena, and the purest extra virgin oils from Italy. We supply premium cuts of meat from Australia, New Zealand and the Americas, as well as fresh seafood from Australia and Europe. Culina has exclusive distribution rights for San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna and wines from over 35 companies around the world. Accredited with a HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) certification by SPRING Singapore in March 2007, the company has earned international recognition for its product quality.

With an established reputation for quality food and beverage, it began expansion of its wholesale business into retail with independent gourmet boutique dedicated to providing epicurean treats for cooking, eating and entertaining at home. The outlet boasts an extensive range of Culina's finest offerings, including fresh produce, gourmet products, new and old world wines, an in-house butchery and a cold delicatessen. The flagship store at Dempsey Hill also houses a bistro-style restaurant where customers can sample the extensive food and wine offerings available at Culina. Since then, Culina's retail expansion has been aggressive. Between 2008-2016, it opened fourteen Culina branded butcheries at FairPrice Finest supermarkets. The butcheries are located at the high traffic areas of Thomson Plaza, Bukit Timah Plaza, Bishan Junction 8, Marine Parade, Clementi Mall, My Village, Zhong Shan Park, Valley Point, Bedok Mall, Seletar Mall, Punggol Waterway Point, Scotts Square, Tiong Bahru and Jcube. This has simultaneously increased public awareness of the Culina brand and the range of products we carry. We hope that the increased availability of our products at the outlets across the island inspires our customers to experiment with new tastes and innovative styles of cooking.

Interview with Culina

What does being in the World Gourmet Series Hall Of Fame mean to Culina?

It is an incredible honour to be admitted into the Hall of Fame. And it being a public recognition of excellence, it shows that Culina is successful in bringing the gourmet offerings of the world to consumers in Singapore

What do you think makes Culina stand out in the current market place?

Culina scours the world for the best gourmet offerings and presents them to the market place in the best condition possible.

What does Culina hope to achieve in the near future? ( It can be new additions to the business, growth plans etc.)

Our next achievement is to see Culina being inducted in the Hall of Fame for Gourmet Distributor.

Can you share with other establishments in the industry the problems you've had to overcome to achieve this accolade?

The biggest challenge to my team is to satisfy the palates of gourmands in Singapore.