In Time for the Holidays, the New Store Features Everything Customers Need to Host a Holiday Feast As Well As Find the Perfect Gifts the Amazon Way

SEATTLE, Nov 6, 2003 -- (Nasdaq:AMZN) today launched its new Gourmet Food store ( -- a single destination offering the widest, deepest and tastiest selection of gourmet food online. has teamed with large national merchants, like Dean & DeLuca and Omaha Steaks, as well as smaller merchants like Alaska Smokehouse and Dave's Gourmet, who will offer their selection in the Gourmet Food store. The new store includes tens of thousands of products, from 700 different types of cheese to the hottest sauces in the world to fresh lobster at your door less than 24 hours from when it was in the ocean.

As an introductory offer, shoppers will receive a $10 promotional certificate toward a future purchase with a purchase of $50 or more in the Gourmet Food, Sporting Goods or Apparel stores. For more details, visit

Gourmet food customers can discover and buy foods they haven't tried as well as find old favorites all in one place. With low prices, easy navigation, a single shopping cart, and their ordering and payment information already on file, customers can now shop for gourmet food the Amazon way. The Gourmet Food store also provides all of the tools and helpful information that customers know and love, such as Customer Reviews, Top Sellers, So You'd Like To, and Listmania.

"'s goal is to offer customers the largest selection of the tastiest foods and make it easy for everyone to find, discover, and buy gourmet foods at great prices," said Jason Goldberger, senior category manager, Gourmet Food. "We like to think that we're delighting customers one bite at a time." customers can host a full-scale party all with products from the Gourmet Food store at Everything from the appetizers to the entree, dessert and coffee is available at And while they're at it, customers can also pick up their cookware, table linens and stemware from the Home & Garden store.

Visitors to's Gourmet Food store will discover deep selection and great prices from leading merchants in the following areas:


  • Baking Supplies
  • Bread
  • Desserts
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate & Candy
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Gift Baskets
  • Health & Natural Food
  • Jams, Jellies & Preserves
  • Low Carb & Sugar Free
  • Meat, Game & Pates
  • Oils, Vinegars & Salad Dressings
  • Pasta, Beans, Grains & Rice
  • Prepared Meals & Appetizers & Hors d'Oeuvres
  • Salsas & Condiments
  • Seafood & Caviar
  • Seasonings, Herbs & Spices
  • Snack Food
  • Soups & Stocks

In each category, customers will find a wide selection from basic ingredients to exotic specialties. In the meat category, customers will find steaks and ribs as well as alligator and buffalo meat. In the vegetables category, shoppers will find peeled cherry tomatoes made by a monastery in Rome and served daily at the Vatican.

Since the beta store was launched, many new merchants have asked about selling their products at To inquire about being a merchant in the Gourmet Food store, contact

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