Kosher Product Trends for 2020

posted by January 2020

CBD is Leading in Kosher Product Trends for 2020

As another successful year at OK Kosher comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the close to 200 newly certified companies, hundreds of Private Labels and added manufacturing sites for existing clients now part of the OK Kosher family!  And as we began 2020, we noticed some kosher product trends leading the market into the New Year that we’d like to share with you.

  • Hemp & CBD supplements and edibles such as tinctures, teas and gummies, as well as non-food items from creams to facial serums, saw a boom in popularity in the kosher sphere.  All good reasons to kick back and relax.
  • Alongside Beyond’s Meat’s new OK Kosher program came a surge in demand for other plant-based foods dominating the kosher alternative protein space. A win for the environment and for your table.
  • The coconut craze also hasn’t ended yet!  Kosher certifications for dozens of coconut-based products continued to grow, as did our visits to the Philippines, where the majority of coconut raw materials are produced.  Vegans and other Pareve-seeking buyers can rejoice in the health benefits and versatility of these items added to the kosher coconut roster.

Looking to explore new kosher product trends and tips?  Come meet us at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco – we’d love to connect with you!  We’ll be located in the Business Service Row, on the second floor.

In keeping with our focus on educating customers and other food/beverage manufacturers, we’ve published Understanding the Role of the Kosher Contact Person. Be sure to have a look and share it accordingly with your QA and regulatory teams.  Sticking to these guidelines will help you choose and educate personnel who can ensure continued compliance with your kosher program.

As always, if there’s anything we can do to further educate and support your company, simply respond to this edition of QuicKosher, and we’ll be happy reach back out to you.  You can always call up your dedicated account rep or Rabbinic Coordinator, or just send us an email at service@ok.org.

Looking forward to another great year in kosher certification!

Best,

OK Kosher

3 Advantages to Consider for Your OK Kosher Programs

posted by December 2019

Advantages to consider in growing your kosher program

As your partners in kosher certification, OK Kosher appreciates the deep commitment that you have invested in your program with.  We want to honor that and continue to help you grow.  Here are three advantages to consider in maintaining your kosher programs.  Tap into these benefits in order to get more out of your company’s kosher certification.

Speed to Market

  • Our objective is to help you put things in motion. Whether it’s introducing an additional product, Private Label customer, facility, co-packer or toll manufacturer, our support team has the experience and manpower to achieve your deadlines professionally and quickly. If you are not yet familiar with how to request any of the above, please reach out to your contact at OK Kosher, who will be happy to provide further information.

Adding New Products and Ingredients

  • Typically, there is no added fee to certify additional products within an OK Kosher certified facility, if the new product does not increase the number of visits required at the production facility or substantially increase the work volume. In general, our online portal DigitalKosher should be used for these submissions.  In cases where the new approval will cause additional fees, your OK Kosher Account Representative will always provide you with transparent information.

Best Practices Using the OK Kosher Symbol

  • To maximize your investment in kosher, it is important for the kosher symbol to be printed clearly on your labels and website, prominently displayed and large enough that consumers can easily see it.  Remember that OK Kosher is one of your key selling points and should be utilized to the fullest. Visit our Guide for Using the OK Kosher Symbol for the details.

We hope you will make use of these advantages to consider for enhancing what kosher can do for you.  It is our goal that you turn to OK Kosher your in-house kosher experts for any and all kosher matters.  Always feel free to reach out – we’re here for you!