Mintel’s exclusive consumer research shows that 28% of respondents have purchased a kosher product. Obviously, kosher food is not just for people who keep kosher. The products are also of interest to Muslims, Seventh Day Adventists, vegetarians, and people with food allergies. The kosher labeling system provides a clear listing of the contents of a product and identifies whether it contains dairy or meat products, which is a “value add” for vegetarian and food-allergic consumers. There is also a strong demand for kosher food because many people believe that the products are produced in cleaner environments and are “safer” than foods produced in non-kosher plants. Read The Full Analysis >>
Continued expansion of the U.S. market for kosher foods has created opportunity for a growing number of start-up companies. The newcomers are capitalizing on such marketplace trends as increased demand for kosher products, organic foods and convenience. Read The Full Analysis >>
Koshering Process in Five Steps:
1. Check Ingredients
You will be surprise to find a lot of your ingredients in the receiving room are already Kosher!
2. Check The Plant
Many food factories are running animal and vegetable lines, or dairy lines at the same time. As long as the plant machinery is set in the proper way, employees aware to it and kosher rules are kept, it is okay.
3. Replace Non-Kosher Ingredients
There are thousands of alternatives for animal ingredient variations. Furthermore, many ingredients known by one name can be of animal, vegetable, or synthetic origin. Good sources of additional information are the Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, or an unabridged dictionary. All of these are available at most libraries. Animal ingredients are used not because they are better than vegetable-derived or synthetic ingredients but rather because they are generally cheaper.
4. Kashering / Clean The Plant
Certain areas in the factory must apply process named “Kashering”, which it means to clean the machinery. We clean it by mainly two ways: Hot water (Agalah) and Kashering with a flame (Libun).
5. Get Kosher Certificate
Kosher Certificate is granted by Authorized Kashrus Council such as OU for USA, or COR Kashruth Council of Canada.
6. Place Kosher Label on Products
What a small kosher sign can do to you business? Foods conforming to Jewish religious law form an impressive market in the US where, out of every US$486 spent on foods, nearly a third is kosher. Further than that, over half the US$500 billion of food ingredients which carry certification from a US certifying agent is in fact kosher, with forecasts that the kosher market will be responsible for 14,000 production plants in 2005, over double the number in 1988.
Note: OU is trademark of Orthodox Union Kosher US, OK is trademark of Organized Kashrus Laboratories NY, Start-K is trademark of Star-K Kosher Certification MD, Kaf Kosher is trademark of KOF-K Kosher Supervision NJ, and COR is trademark of Kashruth Council of Canada. All other trademarks mentioned herein are recognized as the property of their respective holders