February 9, 2015

More than 300 New Kosher for Passover Items, Many Gluten-Free, on Shelves This Passover

NEW YORK — The news this year may not be as dramatic as in past years. Passover bagels and pizza already made news in previous years. The new “kitniyot” certification for Sephardic Jews made headlines last year and Manischewitz even created a new brand Kitni with an assortment of products. This year, an estimated 300 new items will be on kosher for Passover shelves, including new condiments, oils and mixes.

For those suffering from celiac disease or who are otherwise looking for gluten free products, there are many interesting new gluten-free products. Most of the new products are from some of the better-known kosher brands. The once scarce salad dressing category has a new addition from Blanchard & Blanchard. It’s Pareve “Creamy Southwestern” Ranch which is distributed by Keyco (Kedem). Chef Jeff Nathan has new Gluten Free Cajun Panko Flakes that has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Gefen introduced a whole range of new items, including Sweet Potato Fries-Crinkle Cut, Potato Fusion Fries, French Fries-Straight Cut, French Fries-Crinkle Cut (frozen section), Olive Oil Cooking Spray and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Light Olive Oil, Rainbow Food Coloring, Cashew Butter and a Simple Syrup that is an all-natural invert sugar, an ideal ingredient for homemade ice cream, sorbet and for sweetening drinks. They are also introducing Premium Ketchup, Premium Ketchup with no sugar added and Sweet 'N' Sour Sauce with no sugar added, Sliced Red Peppers, Baby Gherkins, Mild Pepperoncini and Hot Chili Peppers.

For those searching for a delicious soup that’s also gluten free, look for Manischewitz Gluten Free Noodle Soup Mix. For breakfasts and desserts, there are such items as Rebecca and Rose Chocolate Covered Donuts, Bakery Box Cookies and Cakes that are All Natural and Gluten Free. Rebecca and Rose will also have the first Gluten Free Brownie Brittle (and Blondies). Manischewitz is introducing its Carrot Cake Macaroons (winner of the Kosherfest 2014 “Best New Kosher for Passover” Award), which are pareve and gluten-free. Streit's this year is distributing Foodman's Original Matzolah, Matzo Granola Breakfast and Nosh (gluten free).

Matzot Aviv, launched a new line of health bars. Aviv is introducing Fruit and Nut bars, made from premium ingredients including dates and fruit that are grown and dried in Israel. Available flavors are Cashew &Nut, Cacao and Cinnamon & Spice. Yehuda is introducing Gluten Free Marble Cake which is the newest addition to the Gluten Free cake line. And then there’s

Kosherific's Cauliflower Cheesy Pie. These imitation pizza pies are made with a unique cauliflower crust and only 57 calories per pizza. In the beverage category there is Kedem's first Grab and Go Organic Grape Juice. Gefen’s new beverages include Regular Instant Coffee, Decaf Instant Coffee, and Nice Tea in several flavors, Regular Peach Iced Tea, Diet Peach Iced Tea and Diet Kiwi Strawberry Iced Tea. Wissotzky introduced six Nana mint blends. Fox's U-Bet is adding an all-natural fair trade chocolate syrup.

In the fish category, Manischewitz launched Season Skinless Boneless in Hot Sauce Sardines, which have at least 800 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids per serving. Gefen introduced Sardine Fillet's in Water, Sardine Fillet's in Olive Oil and Sardine Fillet’s with Tomato Sauce. In the sweets department for both adults and kids, Paskesz is adding Cluster Crunch Cereal (gluten free, all natural, non gebrokts and pareve). Camille Bloch Swiss Chocolate adds a pareve version to their popular 5-pack stick chocolates. And more desserts with Manischewitz Gluten Free Brownie Mix and Raisins & Spice Cookies. Streit's is adding Caramel, Hazelnut and Cappuccino Truffles. Gefen has Cashew Almond Clusters, Cashew Pecan Clusters and Chestnut Snack Pack, Osem introduced Gluten Free Pretzel Thins – Sea Salt and Osem Gluten Free Pretzel Thins – Sesame. These items are all Gluten Free and Kitniot.

And what is Passover without Matzohs. Consider Holy Land’s gift pack of handmade Shmura Matzo. Yehuda Gluten Free Cakes also expands with a new entry, Marble Cake. · Yehuda will also introduce a retail pack of Organic Matzo. More on the gluten-free front: Manischewitz is debuting Matzo Ball Mix, winner of the Kosherfest 2014 “Best New Pasta, Rice and Grain” Award as well as a Garlic & Rosemary Matzo-Style Squares and Gluten Free Garlic & Rosemary Matzo Crackers. Streit’s introduced Spelt Matzo Ball Mix and Matzo Ball Soup Mix. Yehuda Matzo introduces Organic Whole Wheat Matzo.

In addition to foods, many new novelty items will be on sale in time for the holiday. Rite Lite Ltd is showcasing a Seder Traditions" Melamine Seder Plate, 12". Neronim Seder Candles by Shraga, the originators and makers of the popular Shabbos candles in a glass, new for Pesach, 8 hours of clear burning at your Seder table. Also new from Neronim, 3 and 5 hour candles.