September 18, 2017

Chicago Retailers Step up Kosher Game in Time for Rosh Hashanah

Chicago - Kosher customers in this Midwest city had much to cheer about as area stores displayed their extensive kosher offerings on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. At Jewel-Osco, a record number of 4,000 people attended the fourth annual “Taste of Kosher Food Fair” on Sunday September 10th. At Mariano’s, large Israeli flags and floor signs highlighted their robust kosher offerings with large displays of Kedem products. The city’s largest independent kosher store, Hungarian Kosher, a favorite with many, was also gearing up for the holiday season with many new products. At the Fair, more than 50 kosher companies from around the U.S. and Israel displayed kosher foods. Albertsons Director of Specialty and Ethnic Foods, Yakov Yarmove, organized this event to celebrate Jewel’s “Bar Mitzvah” anniversary of opening this world-class kosher store-within-a-store. “It reflects how kosher foods when offered to the public in a traditional supermarket setting, can really make it so much more accessible and easier for people to buy and keep kosher”. In addition to this flagship store which boasts a full kosher deli, bakery, butcher shop, fish department, sushi, fresh salad bar, in store popcorn shop and even a Kosher Chinese restaurant, all under the supervision of the Orthodox Union, Jewel-Osco also carries a kosher offering in many of the balance of its 184 stores. At Mariano’s, it was hard to tell that the entire store was not kosher, especially with its visible display of Israeli flags and many products.