October 16, 2018

Technology Boosts New Kosher Products, Particularly in Israel

New York, NY…A recent New York Times article revealed that the Orthodox Union (OU) was looking into the possible process of producing kosher meat in a laboratory. The New York Times reports that the OU was looking into “whether or not cell-based meat, or real meat grown without the animal, would be permitted under kosher law, which prohibits pork and the mixture of meat and dairy.” They report that a small handful of clean meat startups expect to debut a limited amount of market-ready products by the end of the year, and they want to be ready with a “kosher” label before launching. Using technology to create new food products, particularly kosher is not as developed here as it is in Israel. The Israeli tech ecosystem has over 300 companies operating in the food technology spheres, according to a recent report by the IVC Research Center, including startups, investors, hubs, and established companies. As of the first quarter of 2018, there are 311 food tech companies, a majority of them – 247 – established less than a decade ago, according to the report published in the September 2018 issue of IVC Magazine. Israeli companies are very much focused on technology driven new products, particularly many health products such as gluten-free. A significant number of these products end up in the US market.