Kosherfest

The kosher world continues to grow and diversify

By HOWARD BLAS
December 13, 2017 18:10
YONATAN GERSHON and daughter Keren are the owners of Neptune Foods of Beersheba. They displayed a wi

YONATAN GERSHON and daughter Keren are the owners of Neptune Foods of Beersheba. They displayed a wide range of sauces and spreads. (photo credit: HOWARD BLAS)

 
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If your bubbe had been one of the 6,000 members of the kosher food industry to attend the recent Kosherfest trade show in Secaucus, New Jersey, she would have barely recognized a single product on display at the nearly 400 booths. Even staples such as gefilte fish and matza have been updated. Gefilte fish long ago moved from jars to loaves (including tricolor plain, salmon and dill). And Passover matzot are now available with pictures and logos, courtesy of 2017 New Product Award-Winner Matzohgram Printed Matzos.

Two long days of walking the eight long, crowded aisles of the Meadowlands Exposition Center provided a unique window into “kosher in action”: new products in search of distributors; store owners inquiring about case prices; kosher certifying agencies, ranging from Sydney to London, explaining the certification process (the OU even has literature available in Chinese!); caterers and restaurant owners looking for that one new item to add to their menus this year.

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