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Kosherfest 2013!

Posted on the 09 October 2013 by Mikelumish @IsraelThrives
Mike L.
How exciting is this?
I, of course, have no clue whatsoever concerning Kosherfest 2013! but sometimes focusing on the lighter side makes for a nice break in the clouds.
Hundreds of New Kosher Products in More than 17 Categories Will Be Crowned Best New Product,
Along with Best in Show

October 9, 2013;   Kosherfest 2013 will hold its annual New Products Competition in New York City on October 17, 2013, from among hundreds of entries in more than 17 categories. A panel of industry experts including top kosher retailers will judge the products from categories that include Passover, baked goods, dairy, meats, wine and spirits, and much more.
Exhibitors must have entry forms submitted by midnight on October 9th, while actual products for the judging are due to the competition organizer by October 14th. See for entry forms and additional information.  Winners will be announced on October 18th, and presented awards at the trade show on October 29th.
Kosherfest take place October 29-30, 2013 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, and will feature special events and programs to mark its 25th anniversary as the largest annual meeting place and product resource for the kosher trade industry. (
Kosherfest is the world’s largest kosher-certified products trade show and annual meeting place for the industry's top kosher supermarket, restaurant and foodservice buyers.  According to Menachem Lubinsky, co-producer and show founder, “In the last 25 years we have seen the number of kosher-certified items grow from a few thousand to almost 200,000.  Major food companies have changed their ingredients and equipment in order to get kosher certification, and consumers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, seek the kosher symbol on the food products they buy more than ever before.  Today, Kosherfest hosts exhibitors from countries around the world, from Israel and Argentina to New Zealand and Africa. 
“The growth of kosher wines and spirits has skyrocketed. There is a multitude of award-winning kosher wine from companies large and small, produced at vineyards around the world. These have come a long way from the traditional notion of kosher.  Kosher has truly become a worldwide phenomenon.”  
Products at Kosherfest encompass kosher certified foods and beverages for retail sale and ingredients and prepared foods for foodservice, including wine and spirits.  “No doubt, this is a show not to be missed by anyone looking to grow their kosher business,” said Yakov M. Yarmove, Ethnic Marketing and Specialty Foods, NAI/JEWEL-OSCO, who sources kosher product for one of the largest retail chains in the United States.
Kosherfest gives manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of kosher certified products and services the opportunity to reach thousands of mainstream and independent kosher trade buyers from across the globe.   Kosherfest exhibitors   receive exposure to high volume buyers via the Key Buyer Program, access to education sessions covering the industry’s most relevant topics, media exposure, sponsorship and advertising opportunities, exhibitor-only entries to the Kosherfest New Product Competition, a New Product Showcase (at-show) and promotion of at-show-only exhibitor specials.
Attendees to Kosherfest represent a broad spectrum of the industry, from chain and independent restaurants, caterers and specialty markets, to grocery/supermarket, big box and club chains, independent retailers, manufacturing ingredient buyers, distributors and buying agents, among many other industry professionals. 
Kosherfest 2013 Highlights:
·  25th anniversary celebration – including a Keynote session highlighting the growth of the kosher industry in the last 25 years, and special 25thcelebration product displays by exhibitors; additional events to be announced.·  325+ exhibitors from around the world exhibiting thousands of kosher-certified products and services for the kosher market·  More than 6,000 industry professionals are expected to attend·  The Kosherfest New Product Competition will be held prior to the show on October 17th and awards presented at the show on October 29th·  The Kosherfest New Product Showcase·  The annual Kosherfest Culinary Competition featuring top regional chefs battling in an iron-chef style competition presented by the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (Brooklyn, NY) and sponsored by Jacks Gourmet·  Education sessions focused on the kosher industry’s top issues·  Mashgiach of the Year Award presented by Kashrus Magazine prior to the Culinary Competition on October 30th
·  Kosher Then and Now, a historic showcase of kosher products from the last 25 years·  The Authors Hour – featuring 10 cookbook authors from across the kosher industry
Kosherfest is produced by Diversified Business Communications ( and co-produced by Menachem Lubinsky, founder of Kosherfest and CEO of LUBICOM (, a full service marketing company.

Note to Media:  Qualified Media may register to attend Kosherfest free of charge


For more information including photos, product samples, show coverage, kosher cookbook author information and to arrange pre-show or on-site interviews with exhibitors, the show organizer, and other industry professionals, contact: Vicki Garfinkel, Andover Communications, 201-947-4133, or [email protected]


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