Several worked at Saveur magazine including Saveur digital editor Dan Dao. After news of the layoffs broke, rumors quickly swirled that Sachs was no longer with the company. Sachs confirmed his departure to Grub Street over email but added that he could not comment beyond that.
According to the New York Times, Saveur is reducing its publication schedule to four issues a year. Its editorial department now consists of just six full-time employees.
The news was met with grim reactions, but on Twitter, editor Alex Testere reaffirmed that the magazine was not folding.
“The few of us left are obviously reeling a little bit from losing some of our closest friends and colleagues, but we still have faith that we’ll be able to make Saveur a beautiful quarterly magazine, and also keep up our original digital content,” Testere wrote to Grub Street the day after the news broke. “The layoffs are sad and unfortunate, but I’m personally looking forward to continuing to work with everyone in whatever capacity we can.”
Before taking the top position at Saveur after longtime editor James Oseland, Sachs had a long career as a writer covering food and other subjects. He wrote for publications including GQ, Bon Appétit, and Details, and has won several James Beard Foundation Awards. Sachs was brought on before Saveur’s digital relaunch in 2015.
“Saveur is special,” Sachs said to the New York Times. “I know there’s an audience for the kind of in-depth, smart reporting the magazine has always been known for. The challenge for anyone in this business now is, how do you package and sell the good stuff in a way that’s sustainable?”
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