Nearly Half of US Supermarket Foods Are Kosher
The annual KosherFest expo served up a full menu, from kosher popcorn to pomegranate mints, at its recent exhibition and trade fair in
The burgeoning kosher food industry now accounts for 40 percent of food products on American supermarket shelves, according to the Mintel research organization.
Popcorn and chili sauce are also among the 120,000 kosher items on American supermarket shelves as the dominance of kosher food in the American marketplace grows. "Sales of kosher foods in the past year have increased by double digits, significantly higher than the
Orthodox Union (OU) official Rabbi Eliyahu Safran noted that producers of beverages, baking and organic foods are leading the increased requests for certification that their products are produced according to strict Jewish dietary laws.
The KosherFest show offered visitors free culinary demonstrations by the only kosher
Industry officials estimate that more than 10 million Americans, approximately double the number of Jews in the country, buy kosher items.