September 8, 2015

TRANSITIONS: Sam Hollander at 68 After Illness

Brooklyn - Sam (Shiya) Hollander, the long-time Chief Operating Officer for Alle Processing, passed away last week at the age of 68 after a long illness. His passing left a deep void in a company he helped grow into the largest glatt kosher meat purveyor in the country and one of the largest in the world. Sam was known as a brilliant strategist who used his background as a CPA to help transform what had been primarily the popular Meal Mart brand into the leader of glatt kosher products that had revolutionized the category. When he joined the company several decades ago as the company’s CPA, he already had a vision of helping the company ride what was to be a remarkable journey of growth and development. “Sam possessed the skills to take a company owned by three Holocaust survivors, the Weinstocks, into a large national corporation that became an icon in kosher,” said one of the many people who visited the Hollander home last week to make a shiva call. Another said: “Shiya was always one step ahead of everyone else and he knew how to filter out the good opportunity from the ones that would go nowhere.”

According to the Alle website: “The Company is a vertically integrated firm, engaged in the slaughtering, processing, selling and distributing of Glatt Kosher fresh and frozen beef, veal, lamb and poultry.” As much as the late Sam Hollander was heralded for his brilliant career, he was recognized for his outstanding character, his many benevolent discreet deeds, his communal activism, and above all a remarkable father, grandfather and husband. He will be sorely missed.