October 28, 2013

SPECIAL SHOW EDITION Ñ Kosherfest 2013 Opens Tomorrow Industry Celebrates 25 Years Of Growth

SECAUCUS, NJ — In just a few hours, the 25th edition of Kosherfest will open at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, which has been home to Kosherfest for most of its quarter century history. An estimated 7500 trade representatives will fill the huge hall with its near 400 booths for a show that will also be a celebration of an industry that has become a leading category in food in the US, Israel and elsewhere. Valued as an industry of over $13 billion, kosher foods are produced in nearly 10,000 plants which result in more than 200,000 items. At least 500 new products will be showcased at this year’s Kosherfest from as many as 20 countries and some25 states.

The show opens at 9 with a keynote presentation”: “Kosherfest at 25: An Industry Celebrates a Quarter Century of Growth and Prepares to Face a New Era of Challenges and Hope.” Menachem Lubinsky, the show’s founder and co-producer, will lead a distinguished panel to take a look back and project forward. The panelists include Joan Nathan, Timothy Lytton and Yakov Rusinov. Before the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, the winners of the 2013 New Product Competition will receive their rewards.

Other sessions and events that day will be on “The Niching and Mainstreaming of Kosher,” the author’s corner, and “The Future of Kosher.” Panelist and speakers will include Victoria Dwek, Helen Nash, Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt, Leah Schapira, Kevin O’Brien, Yakov Yarmove, Mordy Herzog, Gil Marks and Ron Wise.

On Wednesday, the second day of the show, events include Taste of Israel, sponsored by the Israel Economic Mission to North America and the Israel Export Institute, an award ceremony to the “Mashgiach of the Year” by Kashrus Magazine. The morning events will be followed by the much anticipated annual Kosherfest Culinary Competition, sponsored by Jack’s Gourmet,  The emcee will be Jamie Geller, noted cookbook author and kosher cooking diva. 

The celebration will be felt at every turn as a special showcase highlights some of the historic mementos from an industry on the move. Some two dozen exhibitors have been at Kosherfest since its initial editions at the Giant Stadium Club and at the Passenger Ship Terminal. When the show first opened in 1989, it featured some 69 exhibitors and less than 700 visitors.