What is the benefit of a kosher certification?
As you may probably be aware, a growing number of companies in the food industry are following the trend of obtaining a kosher certification for their products.
Products bearing a kosher certification mark are sought after by many groups of consumers including observant Jews, vegetarians, Moslems, lactose intolerants and others.
In the past 35 years, there has been a surge in demand for Kosher Certification. In 1994, U.S. News and World Report magazine reported that the kosher industry was worth $ 35 billion. Today this figure has grown to more than $ 300 billion according to Integrated Marketing Communications, whose annual report shows that nearly 2,500 new products are introduced into the kosher market every year, which means that the kosher market is rapidly developing at a rate of 15% per year.
Foods certified as kosher and bearing a kosher certification mark are increasingly exported to Europe, America, the Middle East, Russia, Australia, Japan and Southeast Asian markets. Research suggests that obtaining a kosher mark on a food product is a favorable means to fight for more market share. There are currently 9,200 companies producing kosher food. Today there are 65,000 different kosher supermarkets in the United States alone.
An increasing number of consumers view the kosher mark as an essential criterion when buying food products. This has led many supermarkets to follow the consumer trend and devote more shelf space to kosher goods. When the option arises to buy two competing products, the product with a kosher seal is preferred by the supermarket and consumer alike.
A KGC Kosher Certificate will definitely increase your sales and will give your company a better image as one that observes strict hygiene and ingredient separation, and is generally more “serious” about its manufacturing methods and policy,
Furthermore, a KGC Kosher Certificate will place you on the same level as businesses holding international standard certifications, providing you with a great starting point to obtain market introduction and market share in Western and other countries.
The word kosher means fit or allowed to be eaten, and it has informally entered the English language with the meaning “proper” or “acceptable”. Observing Jews must follow many sets of rules prescribed by the bible – among them, eating kosher which very briefly means eating only a small selection of animals only after they have been slaughtered in a specific manner, and a strict separation between meat and dairy.
Kosher laws have their origin in the Bible, and are detailed in the Talmud and the further codes of Jewish traditions. They have been applied through the centuries to ever-changing circumstances, and these rulings, both ancient and modern, govern kosher certification.
You may at present be familiar with some of the more well-known requirements, such as separating milk and meat, but an in-depth look reveals a far more detailed and complex system.
The Bible lists the basic classifications of food items which are not kosher. These include, but are not limited to, certain animals, fowl and fish (such as pork and rabbit, eagle and owl, catfish and sturgeon), and any shellfish, insect or reptile. Furthermore, kosher species of meat and fowl must be slaughtered in a prescribed manner, and meat and dairy products may not be manufactured or consumed together.
Why do so many foods require kosher supervision? For instance, shouldn’t granola bars and potato chips be inherently kosher since they are not prepared from meat, fowl, fish or insects? The answer is that all elements and sub-ingredients in a food item must be Kosher as well. Thus, for example, a granola bar may be non-kosher because it has raisins which are coated with a non-kosher, animal-based glycerin. Potato chips may be non-kosher if the vegetable oil used in the fryer has been pasteurized and deodorized on equipment used for production of non-kosher foodstuffs. In fact, equipment used for hot production of non-Kosher products may not be used for kosher production without Kosherization (a hot purging procedure).
Although they may seem intricate, kosher laws may be applied quite easily when having the right experience and knowledge. Kosherization and keeping Kosher in your factory requires nothing but following a simple set of rules, similar to what you may be already applying as customary and mandatory hygiene and GMP policy.
KGC Kosher was established in 2010 by Rabbi Eliyahu Rozenberg to service the kosher certification needs of hundreds of companies and factories in the food industry.
A KGC Kosher Certificate provides reassurance that your products will be marketable, recognized and accepted by millions of kosher eating consumers and millions more who rely on a kosher certificate for reasons of faith and health. We at KGC are proud of our high standards, our immediate availability in China and the Far East, our excellent and personal customer service and our low rates – all these make us the best choice for a kosher certification in China. Studies have shown that a KGC Kosher Certificate increases sales.
Rabbi Eliyahu Rozenberg was born in Petach-Tikvah, Israel, to Mr. & Mrs. Yaakov and Beyla Rozenbeg.
Rabbi Rozenberg grew up in the orthodox city of Bnei Brak. And studied at the local Lubavitch School. He continued his studies at the central Tomchei Tmimim Yeshiva (religious college) in Lod, Migdal Haemek, Israel and in New York, USA.
In 2004, Rabbi Rozenberg served as teacher and educator in the Oz Meir special education school.
Rabbi Rozenberg served as rabbinic representative in: Murmansk, Russia; Zhitomir, Ukraine; Florence, Italy; Mogilev, Belarus; Miami, Florida, USA; and Caracas, Venezuela.
Rabbi Rozenberg received his rabbinical ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and was ordained as a Kosher Butcher, Torah Scribe, and Mohel (person who performs circumcisions) by Rabbi Shimon Gad Elituv – Jerusalem, Rabbi David Raphael Banun – Montreal, Rabbi Yehuda Giat – Jerusalem, Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yeruslavsky – Kiryat Malachi and Rabbi Chaim Raytfart – Venezuela.
Rabbi Rozenberg is married to Mrs. Pnina Ayala the daughter of Rabbi Josef Yitzchak Lishner, Rabbi of The David Citadel Hotel and Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel.
Rabbi Rozenberg is currently serving as the Chief Rabbi of Guangzhou in Southern China.
As a Chief Rabbi he established a magnificent synagogue with daily prayers, Torah classes, kosher food, Kindergarten & Jewish School, Bar Mitzvah club, Marriage Counseling, and two beautiful Mikvahs (Jewish ritual bath) for men and women.
Rabbi Rozenberg established a kosher certification agency that collaborates with dozens of agencies in Israel and the world. At present, he supplies the expanding kosher needs of the local Jewish community in Guangzhou and all of China by providing special kosher products and kosher Chicken & Meat