Zesty panel at Israeli pavilion breakfast spices up #Kosherfest in NJ (wrap-up)

On Novermber 11-12, the Meadowlands in New Jersey hosted KOSHERFEST, renowned around the world as the premier industry event for the kosher food market.  It is the most important trade show in the United States for the kosher food space, and a must-see for buyers, distributors, sellers, technologies and press in the kosher market.  As always, this year’s show featured a very large contingent from Israel.  Although KOSHERFEST regularly features kosher food products from all over the world, by some estimates, at least 30% of the show could be representative of Israeli companies and brands.

This year’s Israeli delegation featured a wide array of food products.  From the very basic, including spices and baking ingredients, to the finished foods, such as poultry and meat products, processed foods, dips, snacks, cakes, pickles and condiments.  Additionally, Israeli companies on hand will proudly exhibit their specialty food items and spirits, including wine, vodka, soft drinks and juices.

As always, there was a  major Israel Export Institute sponsored pavilion, although Israeli products were also represented by importers throughout the show, and not just in the pavilion.

On the morning of November 12, our office teamed up with IEI to host a breakfast for buyers, importers, distributors and press.  The event featured a panel of VIPs from the supermarket industry, moderated by David Wilson, Head of the Green Seed Group.

  • Steve Ravitz, an owner of ShopRite stores in New Jersey, emphasized the important link between the modern grocery industry and technology.
  • Yakov Yarmove, Ethnic Marketing and Specialy Foods at Jewel Osco Albertsons, touched upon the importance of the kosher consumer and kosher products in the context of the larger market.
  • Hirsch Wise, Kosher Food Coordinator for Harlow HRK and formerly of Kroger, who discussed the progress that Israeli foods  have made specifically with regards to quality and selection.

Additionally, the  panelists discussed benefits and considerations when importing Israeli foods for local consumers of kosher products, and also how producers and distributors of Israeli goods can reach the U.S. market.  MORE PHOTOS HERE

For more information about the breakfast or about the Israeli delegation at KOSHERFEST, please contact Hanna at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.