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May 4, 2009

Jerusalem…KosherToday Middle East Bureau Chief…Israelis are eating healthier these days which explains the news that major poultry and salad producers are expanding. Miluoff poultry processors, the largest in Israel, is investing $10 million to increase yearly output to 55,000 tons. Miluoff is a main poultry supplier

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May 4, 2009

Tel Aviv…KosherToday Middle East Bureau Chief…Sales of the top 20 food and beverage companies in Israel totaled almost $4 million in 2008, a rise of 9 percent from the previous year, according to a report by Dunn & Bradstreet. The D&B report also showed that the top 20 companies employ a total of 43,000 people.

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May 4, 2009

Los Angeles…Sylvia J. Danzer of The Kosher Maven would not give the kosher industry an ‘A’ for the way they handled this year’s Passover, certainly not in her home city of Los Angeles. In what has become an annual ritual, communities outside of the New York metro area complain about late deliveries, shortages, and

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May 4, 2009

New York…A kosher supervisor (mashgiach) at a restaurant in Flatbush says that he is asked more often about the vegetables that are served than the kashrus of the meats. In fact, he says, some people want him to go into great detail as to how the vegetables were washed and checked. According to Jewish law, it is

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May 4, 2009

Baltimore…The Star-K Kashrus agency is planning its first ever training event for women as kosher supervisors (mashgichot). The major Baltimore, MD based agency currently runs a men’s seminar each year, although it is geared mostly to Rabbanim and the heads of kashrus agencies. The planned women’s conference in the

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May 4, 2009

New York…The Domns, all 7 of them including the two parents, used to eat out every Tuesday, but of late are eating at home.  “I rely on the many cookbooks and recipes I find on-line to make the kids enjoy Tuesdays at home,” says Carla Domn, a part-time substitute at a local school. Cookbooks, like those authored by

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April 20, 2009

New York…Consumer spending this Passover was surprisingly strong despite fears that the deepening recession would make this one of the weakest holiday seasons. A survey of a half dozen retailers offered mixed results. Some retailers were expecting double digit growth while others called sales “flat.” Many retailers

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April 20, 2009

Rockville, Md…Kosher and halal foods hold consumer appeal that goes far beyond any ethnic or religious niche, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. The report, entitled Market Trend: Kosher- and Halal-Certified Foods in the US, resonates with a similar report from Mintel released earlier this year, which

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April 20, 2009

Jerusalem…Many hotels around the world had expected a weak Passover season due to the recession but for some a last minute surge helped stave off a dismal fate. Business was off some 10% - 15% in many hotels in Israel and Europe while there were some reports of a drop-off of as much as 30% in some US destinations. While

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April 20, 2009

New York…Offering a Passover menu to patrons is good business, even if the food is just “kosher style” and not certified kosher. For years, Balducci’s has been offering the traditional Passover foods with the caveat that the food is not kosher. In fact, Balducci’s courts its kosher style patrons during the High

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