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April 20, 2009

New York…It has become fairly common in markets like New York for kosher food products to feature both a national symbol and the certification of a well known rabbi or Chasidic group. The additional kosher certification is welcomed in many Chasidic communities like Williamsburg, Monroe, and New Square adding a market of

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April 20, 2009

Tel Aviv…A record 500,000 Israelis were on the move on the eve of Passover, many flocking to hotel destinations throughout the world. Restaurants, coffee houses, malls and shopping centers all reported an increase in the number of shoppers as compared to last year. Israel Money reports that restaurants and coffee houses

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March 30, 2009

Jerusalem…KT Middle Eastern Bureau Chief and Staff Reporters…It has been one of the big stories to come out of Israel this year, but it may very well be a case of comparing apples and oranges. Sales of matzoh, the unleavened bread for Passover, are rising or falling depending who one talks to and what sales period is

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March 30, 2009

New York…Retailers are noting some changes in the shopping patterns of kosher consumers as the pre-Passover buying season heads into its final 10 days. Many shoppers who previously did the bulk of their shopping in one store are now expanding the experience to several stores, taking advantage of specials at each store.

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March 30, 2009

Vienna, Austria…It is less than three weeks to Passover and in Kosherland there is nary a sign of the looming holiday. Mayer Bochorfoff, who greets his customers in a business suit and tie, explains that he will be displaying his Passover foods about two weeks before the holiday. Although the store has an impressive

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March 30, 2009

Jerusalem…There no longer is a question of whether “going away” this Passover will be a victim of the world economic glut. The only question is by how much and the answers vary from 10% to as much as 25%. European programs are taking the brunt of the belt tightening by traditional Passover vacationers. Some hotel

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March 30, 2009

New York…The big news on kosher wines is that there is no longer the breaking news that kosher wines for Passover are not just the sweet sacramental wines that were traditional staples on almost every Seder table. In newspapers throughout the country, the focus is on how kosher wines compare and in some cases are better

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March 30, 2009

New York… Feature Editor…Yes, Matzohs are still being produced on the Lower East Side. In fact, Streit’s Matzoh produces approximately 37,500 pounds of matzo a day by the same family that has run Streit’s since 1925. Unlike many other large kosher manufacturers, Streit’s is still very much a family business. It

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March 30, 2009

Chicago….The SuperValu chain has taken kosher to a new level with the launch of a new kosher Web page, according to Yakov Yarmove of SuperValu. The site, part of the Jewel-Osco site, was introduced in time for the Passover holiday. Yarmove says that he hopes to be able to roll such a site in more of SuperValu’s chains.

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March 16, 2009

New York…Fears of massive kosher meat shortages for Passover appear to have been premature, say kosher sources. In some areas, flanken may not be as available as in the past and there will be spot shortages of certain products here and there, but on balance there should be enough meat and poultry to go around, say the

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