London – 2015 was a good year for kosher worldwide despite a volatile political climate and even declining numbers in some countries. US sources with contacts in Canada, Israel, Europe, Australia, South America and South Africa say that sales of kosher foods rose by at least 15% in 2015, a far cry from what they believe were flat sales in 2014. Even in France where some 16,000 French Jews have left for Israel in the past two years and terrorism shook the core of the community, sales of Israeli imported foods increased by some 10% as it did in the UK, Holland, and Belgium, the sources told Kosher Today. Israel’s mehadrin and glatt kosher sales is estimated to have grown by nearly 20% largely due to the booming charedi population. This was also the case in many communities in the US with thriving Orthodox Jewish populations. Kosher food continues to be center stage at major international food shows despite the nagging BDS attempts to delegitimize some Israeli manufactured foods. Growth trends, say the experts, are also very much apparent in cities like Johannesburg, Melbourne, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.