August 6, 2012

Industry Prepares for Hectic High Holy Days

NEW YORK — Many kosher food industry people may be wrapping up their vacations as they prepare for the busy high holy days season that begins with Rosh Hashanah on the eve of September 17th. As usual, industry officials closely watch the calendar and this year will be no exception. Most of the holidays will take place mid-week and will come two or three days either before or after a Shabbat. 

According to one retailer “that means constantly restocking.” Industry sources do not expect an unusual number of new products, but do foresee an increased demand for honey, baking ingredients, gluten-free products, and many frozen pre-cooked items to enhance meals. As usual, Kedem is expected to introduce several new wines from Israel and other parts of the world. 

It is still too early to predict the effect of the closure of the Mehadrin and Vineland brands, although some predict higher prices due to sharply increased prices for feed. Most industry sources do not expect a poultry shortage, although several retailers report higher than usual sales of poultry as customers stock their freezers for the high holy days.