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June 29, 2009

Jerusalem…KosherToday Middle East Bureau Chief…El Al, Israel’s national airlines, has reached an agreement with the Committee for the Sanctity of the Sabbath enabling observant passengers in transit on Friday afternoon to layover at the airline’s expense when a flight’s departure may violate the Sabbath. One such

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June 29, 2009

New York…Sales of kosher foods are basically sound despite the recession but some stores say sales may be off by as much as 10%. In an interesting development, kosher seems to be faring better than natural and organic which in some areas is said to be off by 15% - 20%. Most of the retailers reached by KosherToday said

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June 29, 2009

Bayonne NJ…The Kedem Food Group is out with a new catalogue of nearly 2000 sku’s. According to Harold Weiss, Vice President, KFP International – Kedem, a similar catalogue is in the works for “Natural.”

Bayonne NJ…Shlomo Blashka has replaced Martin Davidson as Communications Director for the Royal Wine

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June 29, 2009

New York…With gas prices rising and the recession continuing more kosher travelers will be traveling domestically. In a survey of several travel agents, the consensus was that there would be a drop in overseas travel including on popular kosher cruises. Price Choppers in Colonie, NY, just outside of Albany, has placed

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June 29, 2009

Chicago…Universities all over the country offer kosher food for many of their students in an effort to attract some of the brightest applicants. But in conversations with many rabbis and certifying agencies, a number of the universities are struggling to keep the programs within budget. The kosher fare that the

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June 29, 2009

Tel Aviv…Israel has long been a leader in growing insect-free vegetables and has contributed to the significant business in the kosher market for pre-cut and pre-washed vegetables. Now Hestefus, an Israeli company has developed new technology to extend the shelf-life of the pre-cut vegetables. A German firm recently

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June 29, 2009

Tel Aviv… KosherToday Middle East Bureau Chief…Israelis are buying more private label products at supermarkets as a way of saving money, as in-house brands are 20 to 30 percent less expensive. A survey carried out by Mutagim Marketing polled 500 Israelis who were asked about their brand preferences at the supermarket.

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June 29, 2009

New York…With little more than four months to go, Kosherfest ’09 is shaping up as a major showcase of some of the newest trends in kosher. Kosherfest will take place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ October 27 – 28, 2009. Amongst the growing trades are such categories as kosher and natural, kosher

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June 29, 2009

New York…A number of kosher restaurants have closed in the past few months, most as a direct result of the ongoing recession. “Owners can’t just sit back and wait for people to come to them anymore,” says Elan Kornblum, "The Restaurant Guy" who publishes the
Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine

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June 29, 2009

New York…From Postville to Alaska, there were new hopes that the bankrupt Agriprocessor would soon spring to life, although there was still no word from the group that appears to have successfully acquired the company on what its plans for the company were. Hershey Friedman, the president of Montreal-based Polystar

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