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September 22, 2022

New York… A major kosher retailer terms sales around the upcoming Rosh Hashanah (eve of September 25th) and holiday season as “the second Passover.” There is increasing evidence that the season is second in sales to Passover which is believed to be 35%-40% of annual kosher food sales. While Passover was

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September 22, 2022

Dubai UAE…The big news recently out of the UAE was the huge wedding for Dubai of Rabbi Levi Duchman, chief rabbi of the UAE. The food at the wedding was kosher, catered by Hilton, Yas Island. Kosher certification was provided by EAKC (Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification), the sole government-certified kosher

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September 22, 2022

Kerestir, Hungary…When Rabbi Refael Kruskal was working out the logistics for the escape of some 1000 Jews from Odessa, his immediate concern after housing was to secure kosher food. The refugees who managed to escape from heavy Russian bombardment settled in the  Carpathian region of Romania near the Black

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September 22, 2022

New York…The kosher community has been blessed in recent years with a rapidly growing cottage kosher food industry that can range from home-baked cakes and challah to full catered meals. The Ezra family will be hosting 20 people this coming Sukkot with the food being prepared by a local home-based chef who will

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September 22, 2022

Chicago…The fallout from what is now known as the Manalapan kashrut scandal continues as some 85 kashrus officials met via Zoom last Wednesday to discuss further safeguards to prevent non-kosher food from getting into kosher restaurants. Kosher Chinese Express in Manalapan subsequently had its kosher certification

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September 7, 2022

Jerusalem…The Erlich’s had planned to spend the upcoming Sukkot holiday in the holy land and even booked air travel six months ago. What they did not expect was a restricted market for homes that were large enough to accommodate their large family. For good reason! Record numbers are expected to travel to

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September 7, 2022

Lakewood, NJ…The calendar this year is turning into a huge bonanza for kosher retail as the late Rosh Hashanah (eve of September 25th) allowed for a Back-to-School season. In some years when the end of summer collapses into the high holy days, evidence has shown that sales were ultimately lower by at least 10%.

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September 7, 2022

Woodbourne, NY…It was a banner year for kosher purveyors in the Catskills as the summer vacation population continues to grow. One local expert said that more than 500 new units were built in the last two years and that more than 1,000 are on the drawing board and are expected to be ready by the summer of 2023 and

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September 7, 2022

New York…Walk into any kosher supermarket and there was one certainty. The table that had bags of potatoes would almost be full as would the table with the onions. But recently there was less of the Idaho potatoes, which was suffering from the weather from over a year ago where unusually hot temperatures caused a

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September 7, 2022

Secaucus NJ…Kosher food experts say that the past year has been a good year for the introduction of new kosher food products. Many of the products will compete in the annual New Product Competition, a major highlight of the annual kosher food trade show, scheduled for November 8-9 at the Meadowlands Convention

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