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 the buyers coming during the ongoing Covid concerns. Others said that inflation, supply chain disruptions, and labor shortages simply made them uncomfortable this year.
But almost all of them said that it was merely a hiatus after having exhibited for many years sans last year’s pandemic. “We will be back at the Meadowlands in 2022,” most told me with one adding “if the Messiah does not come and the show does not take place in Jerusalem.”