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December 14, 2022

New York…It was the day after Kosherfest in November when 125 rabbis from kashrus agencies around the world gathered at the new headquarters of the Orthodox Union in Lower Manhattans. The occasion was the annual convention of the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO), headed by Rabbi Shloem Fishbane. It was,

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December 14, 2022

Aventura, Florida…by Eda Kram…More than 1,000 kosher food and wine lovers participated in this year's Kosher Food and Wine Experience (KFWE). The event was sponsored by WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organization) and Royal Wine Corp. The huge crowd was an indication that people were returning to

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December 14, 2022

Atlanta…It is one of the major topics of discussion amongst kashrus officials, the shortage of mashgichim (kosher supervisors). At the recent convention of the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) in New York, there was discussion on a proposal to raise the salaries of mashgichim to entice more young people to

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December 14, 2022

Tel Aviv…Although data for 2022 was not yet available, all indications are that Israeli exports of food and wine will continue to grow at a 15% pace. Remarkably the growth was sustained during the Covid and post Covid period with its many supply chain issues. The US remains Israel’s largest exporting partner

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November 30, 2022

Secaucus NJ…Restrictions on travel, dining, and lodging severely impacted trade shows from March of 2020 through the rest of the year, with a slow recovery occurring through 2021. Some shows rescheduled (NAB, InfoComm, IBC) while others had to go virtual. Eventually, some of the rescheduled shows also had to go

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November 30, 2022

Secaucus NJ…by Rifky Grossman…Although Kosherfest was in its 33rd year, the 2022 edition (November 8-9 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center) had a special flair for innovation. The products ranged from tasty lactation cookies and buffalo flavor pistachios to rich creamed lavender honey. Even the new beverages

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November 30, 2022

New York…Two giant supermarket chains known for their special focus on kosher announced a possible merger but there is concern what the repercussions might be for kosher consumers. Many kosher communities rely on these stores for their kosher food. Communities like Savannah, Cincinnati, Houston and Memphis rely on

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November 30, 2022

New York…by Menachem Lubinsky…The Romanian government adopted a law recently that recognizes and gives specific protection to shechita, or kosher ritual slaughter of animals. But while the Conference of European Rabbis hailed  the move as a “landmark” example for other countries in Europe,

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November 15, 2022

Secaucus NJ…Show veterans were astounded at the sheer number of wine exhibits as well as those featuring honey and honey ingredients. The wine and spirit booths included De La Rosa Real Foods & Vineyards,Emerald Imports, 18K Wine, Cape Jewel Wines, Happy Heart Wine, Kosher Winery Argentina by Luis

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November 15, 2022

Portland ME…Nearly half of all the Kosherfest 2022 exhibitors have already committed for the 2023 edition which is scheduled to take place November 7-8, 2023 at the Meadowlands Convention Center. In addition, many exhibitors who have stayed away due to Covid restrictions have indicated their intentions to return in

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