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November 30, 2021

Elizabeth, NJ…The kosher food industry was saddened to learn of the passing of Samuel Farkas, the Chairman of the Board of Mehadrin Dairy. Mr. Farkas, an ardent follower of the Satmar Chasidic group and a supporter of many community projects, was the trailblazer of Chalav Yisrael products in the US. He presided over

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November 30, 2021

Montreal…The Heinz Co. in Canada has teamed up with MK Global Kosher Certification to kosher certify its products in Canada. The announcement was made recently by Rabbi Ilan Emanuel, Rabbinic Administrator of the MK. After closing its Ontario processing facility in 2014, Heinz resumed manufacturing in Canada

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November 30, 2021

Jerusalem…Just as Israel was preparing to welcome a large number of tourists for Chanukah (eve of November 28- December 5), the country seems to be closing its borders again due to the threat of the newly discovered Omicron variant. According to tourism officials, 30,345 foreign tourists have entered Israel since

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November 30, 2021

Brooklyn…Mark was preparing to have his secretary plan a Chanukah party at his office, something he had not done last year. Although a half dozen of his employees are working remotely and are still not comfortable working in the office, he is planning to hold the party this year for those that are there in person

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November 30, 2021

Chicago…It is the flagship kosher store in the Albertson’s chain. The Evanston Jewel-Osco store reopened its magnificent Kosher Marketplace on November 17th with an impressive layout and design. Many of the innovations at the magnificent kosher supermarket within a large supermarket is the brainchild of Yakov

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November 30, 2021

Chicago…The annual convention of the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) did not take place as usual on the day after Kosherfest. It has been rescheduled for December 26-28 at the Delta Marriott in Woodbridge NJ, according to Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, AKO’s executive director. The Convention is being

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November 30, 2021

Tel Aviv…Israel’s food exports to the US reached $788 million in 2020 despite the pandemic, according to the Israel Export Institute. Kosher food sources told Kosher Today that the Israel food industry “responded big time to our needs despite supply problems from other nations.” The most recent

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November 30, 2021

New York…Despite still being in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic and a slightly smaller show, tens of thousands of people all over the globe followed Kosherfest ’21 (November 9-10, Meadowlands Convention Center, Secaucus NJ) on various social media platforms. Thousands watched videos and live streams from

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November 16, 2021

New York…I spoke to several key kosher purveyors wondering why they skipped the 2021 Kosherfest. I wondered out loud why companies that are an integral part of the kosher community would not participate in the annual gathering of the kosher food industry as other industries do? Some answered that they did not see

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November 16, 2021

Brooklyn, NY…In an ordinary non-Covid year Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, would have been preparing for the annual post -Kosherfest convention for the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO), of which he serves as executive director. He and other leading rabbis agreed that despite the pandemic related issues such as

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