June 29, 2009

International Community in Growing Interest for Kosher End User

New York…Walking the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center, there were some 500 booths with kosher certification, but the big news was how many of the large international pavilions featured kosher. Some countries like Italy and Spain have been accustomed to meeting kosher buyers looking for the kosher fare. The Philippines recently launched a special department in Manila that is focused on kosher. The Baltimore-based Star-K Kosher Certification was invited to Izmir, Turkey by the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Undersecretariat for Treasury and Foreign Trade, to address members of the Aegean Exporters’ Association. Rabbi Tzvi Rosen, joined the Star-K’s Middle East/Europe Kashrus Coordinator, Rabbi Dovid Stein, in making a presentation on “Kosher Certification: Your Worldwide Partner for Successful Marketing”. In attendance was Izmir’s newest rabbi, Rabbi Mordechai Katan, and approximately thirty Turkish manufacturing companies. The big news is that while many countries in the Near and Far East have been involved with kosher ingredients for years, they are now looking to expand produced foods for sale in markets in the US and Israel. Kashrus agencies say they are receiving interest from manufacturers in India, Japan and Thailand amongst others. Several Israeli importers have of late greatly expanded the import of kosher foods from abroad.