August 10, 2009

Kosher Natural and Organic Climbs as National Sales Decline

New York…While sales of organic foods have dropped by some 2% in the general food market, organic foods are a rapidly rising category in the kosher market worldwide. Sales at Whole Foods continue to decline, albeit at a slower pace, largely due to the recession. But the number of new natural and organic products produced by US and Israeli kosher manufacturers has more than doubled in the last 18 months, according to kosher foods sources. Unlike the US, demand in many European countries for organic foods continues to grow. Israel’s Agrexco seemed to be prepared for the increased popularity of organically grown fruits and vegetables. Israel’s agriculture has shifted a major portion of its products to organic. Some of its largest food manufacturers have created special divisions of organic and natural foods, which were initially slow to pick up in Israel but are now growing at a significant rate.