Matza exports reach record highs

As Jews in North America, Europe and Asia prepare for Pessah, matza exports total $8.1 million.

March 29, 2012 22:59
1 minute read.
Orthodox men prepare matza

Orthodox men prepare matza 390 (R). (photo credit: NIR ELIAS / Reuters)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Export revenues of Israeli-made matza have reached record highs this year, as Jews in North America, Europe and Asia prepare for Pessah.

According to the Israel Export Institute, matza exports totaled $8.1 million in December and January, up 8 percent compared with the corresponding period the previous year. These are usually the two busiest months for exporting matza to retailers abroad.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

In 2011, exports rose 2.5% to $13.1m. Sales to the United States and Canada dropped 7% to $7.5m., but sales to all other regions rose: Europe, up 9% to $4m.; Africa, up 64% to $638,000; Latin America, up 16% to $432,000; Oceania, up 1.5% to $312,000; and Asia, up 178% to $83,000.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce has forecast that sales in the retail sector will be 18% higher in the month leading up to Pessah than in average months.

However, it expects overall Pessah revenues are expected to be lower than the past decade’s average due to the relatively lower prices of certain products.

“In the shadow of the ongoing social protest, the stiff competition between retail chains will grow, leading to a fierce price war, the reverberations of which are already being seen in advertising,” said Reuven Shlissel, chairman of the FICC’s Food Industries Division.

Related Content

The Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
April 30, 2015
Teva doubles down on Mylan, despite rejection