Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending my second Kosherfest and my tastebuds are still satisifed from the diverse kosher products available today. I couldn’t wait to arrange a Blog Talk Radio interview with my friend Roberta Scher of KosherEye.com to get the inside scoop on their top ten picks from the show this year.
If you are not familiar with Kosherfest, according to the show’s producer, more than 6700 attended Kosherfest with a 17% increase in key buyers. Why are these numbers so high?
Industry statistics show that the current kosher customer is 40 and under, and looking for gourmet, upscale and healthy kosher products. According to several sources*, the number of kosher consumers in the U.S. tops 12,100,000, and 21% of Americans who regularly or occasionally purchase kosher products do so because the items are kosher-certified. There are approximately 10,650 kosher producing companies and plants, there are 125,000 kosher certified products, 40% of kosher sales occur on the eve of Passover, 19,000 is the average number of kosher products in US supermarkets, and the dollar value of kosher products produced in the USA is $305,000,000,000.
While many of the exhibitors still featured traditional kosher foods such as pickles, pastrami and challah, it was the variety and newness of products that attracted industry professionals from all over the globe, and caught the attention of buyers from SuperValue, Wegman’s, Safeway, Wakefern/Shoprite, Winn-Dixie, HEB, Stew Leonards, COSTCO, Wal-mart, A&P, Kehe Foods, Kroger, Acme and Key Foods, among many other top food purveyors.
After revealing our top ten picks from Kosherfest this year, Benjamin Bauer of Moses Vodka will be joining the show.
So, join our show today and get the inside scoop on more than just kosher food your bubbie used to make. Roberta and I will take you into the 21st Century of kosher food. Follow us on twitter and use the hashtag #kosherschmooze and you could win a copy of Susie Fishbein’s Kosher By Design Teen’s and 20-Somethings.