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ABOUT

PCS Gourmet Foods takes a unique approach to commercializing food and beverage brands. We apply an uncommon wisdom gained from decades of practical experience to give you a distinct advantage in your marketplace. Our approach to sales strategy is comprehensive, and our methods are proven. We know that competition for shelf space and mindshare are fierce, and we apply our holistic understanding of the food and beverage business (product development, branding, packaging, marketing, sales, manufacturing, logistics, etc.) to ensure that your brand is positioned well for meaningful, sustained success. We do all this with a keen eye on helping you manage your budget, carefully and strategically.

Our experience isn’t just as a partner to food companies, either. Our founder, Ken Kellerhals, spent nearly twenty years building national gourmet chocolate brand, Bissinger’s, before selling the company more than four years ago. We’ve experienced the challenges (and joys) of building and marketing brands first-hand, and after decades selling products into grocery stores, department stores, and specialty retailers, our clients can benefit from the wisdom we’ve gained along the way.

 

As a business philosophy, we have also established a culture of strategic partnership. In addition to the core capabilities of our organization, which center primarily on sales and business strategy, we offer our clients a full suite of agency services (branding, marketing, design, digital, social, etc.) through alliances with select partner companies.

PCS Gourmet Foods is a valuable sales and marketing extension of your team, providing strategic sales and meaningful growth.

PCS Gourmet Foods provides and manages the “A” Team, which includes our in-house salespeople and the best brokers from coast-to-coast. We have one goal in mind – to consistently achieve product placement and build sales momentum.

 

Our team has strong relationships with senior-level decision makers at market-leading grocery, department stores, specialty retail, coffee chains, and other key accounts. We leverage these relationships and sell directly to these individuals.

 

When appropriate, we set up and manage distribution aligned with our common goals. We also offer custom drop-shipping from a central US climate-controlled facility.

MEET THE TEAM!

KEN KELLERHALS

Founder & CEO, PCS Gourmet Foods

Ken spent twenty years building Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier from a small, local chocolate company into a thriving national brand. During his tenure as Bissinger’s President, Ken was responsible for all aspects of the business, including sales and operations, and successfully grew sales more than seventeen-fold. During his tenure, he led the team to develop four sofi™ awarded products.

DANA JAMES

President, PCS Gourmet Foods

Dana worked for Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier for two decades, and was responsible for branding and marketing across all company channels including direct to consumer, wholesale, retail stores, and corporate divisions, with specific experience in strategic business development. She played a lead role in building an unknown company into a well-recognized national brand.

MARK EBLING

National Sales Development, EVP, PCS Gourmet Foods

Mark has developed successful programs for Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Williams-Sonoma, Sur la Table and specialty grocers across North America. He worked extensively with Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee as a strategic supply partner, while President of Jo’s Candies. Mark served as Executive Vice President of Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier leading business development. 

JOSH SCHIPKOWSKI

Having spent nearly 15 years helping to build MarketPlace, one of the preeminent food marketing agencies in the country, from the ground up, Josh Schipkowski left to launch Upstart Food Brands, which is focused on providing high-end branding and marketing services to small and startup food and beverage companies. Built on a business model that allows for competitive pricing, Upstart Food Brands brings tremendous value to PCS Gourmet Foods’ clients, offering naming, brand identity development, packaging design, web design, content strategy, photography, and other creative services. A partnership between Upstart and PCS ensures that sales and brand strategy will work seamlessly to help you achieve your goals.