Sixth Sense

December 20, 2010

I remember looking at some old photos of the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century. There were pictures of sad faces, usually homeless Jews, eating in a soup kitchen. Poverty was rampant in the days of “brother can you spare a dime.” Fast forward to November 2009 when whole families wait for the doors to open

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December 20, 2010

It seems that in today’s web of blogs and instant text alerts, almost anyone can question the kashrus of an item, often severely cutting into sales of a brand and even casting aspersions on the kashrus of a product. Passover appears to be a particularly fertile period for such alarms that can almost instantly put a brand

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December 20, 2010

As anyone who has read a Jewish newspaper in the past few months knows, there has been a significant bump in the number of advertisers for kosher food. While most of the new ads are in retail, manufacturers too are of late directing their advertising through print ads. So what has changed? It is no secret that I have often

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December 20, 2010

If you take a close look at the winners of this year’s New Products Competition, you are likely to recognize such common names as noodles, cookies, pasta, lasagna and borekas. While you might think that we are after all dealing with the familiar, this year’s roster of winners shows just how much can be done to enhance

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December 20, 2010

It seems that in today’s web of blogs and instant text alerts, almost anyone can question the kashrus of an item, often severely cutting into sales of a brand and even casting aspersions on the kashrus of a product. Passover appears to be a particularly fertile period for such alarms that can almost instantly put a brand

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December 20, 2010

This is a question that repeatedly comes my way, even as similar inquiries are being asked about the food industry in general. The evidence is that the answer is a resounding yes, not because of any dramatic change in the kosher consumer’s buying habits, but more so as a reflection of lifestyle and demographics. Kosher

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December 20, 2010

With less than two weeks to Chanukah (yes, it begins early this year, on the eve of December 1st) many retailers are scrambling to merchandise the traditional foods and gift items that define the 8-day holiday. “Chanukah is extremely confusing to my employees,” a kosher supermarket owner told me. It seems that unlike

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December 20, 2010

I was responding to one of the many pre-Kosherfest press interviews I routinely give each year, when one of the questions struck me. “Is the boycott of liberal Jews who disagree with Israeli policy hurting Israeli products in the US?” First off, I was not aware of any organized boycott, particularly by Jews who have

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December 20, 2010

 Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel recently met with President Barrack Obama at the White House “over a kosher lunch,” the headlines read. The fact that White House chefs have the phone numbers of area kosher caterers is no longer news. Kosher fare has been served in the White House for decades. First Lady Laura Bush

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December 20, 2010

A nursing home administrator recently joked that he served Sushi at a birthday party for a 100-year old patient. Sushi in a nursing home? Distributors are quietly whispering that even foodservice clients are demanding some of the new gourmet and upscale kosher products. A Yeshiva looking to replace a cook who had taken ill

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