STATISTICS AND FACTS REGARDING THE KOSHER MARKET
Number of kosher consumers in the United States 7,500,000
Number of other religious people with similar dietary concern 2,400,000
Number of non Jewish consumers with dietary needs 2,500,000
Number of kosher certified products 41,000
Kosher domestic food market is a 3.75 billion-dollar industry
In recent years the food industry has witnessed a tremendous growth in products that are kosher certified. Kosher food sales increased drastically, and the total number of consumers is growing at an annual rate of 15%. This is attributed to the fact that “kosher” is identified with quality, health, and fine preparation. According to the Rocky Mountain News Business section, January 12, 2006 “KOSHER IS A $14,6 BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY” and “55% of the people who purchase kosher foods believe the products to be safer and healthier”. Clearly, kosher certification offers manufacturers a decisive edge in today’s highly competitive food and beverage industry.
WHAT IS KOSHER, AND WHO EATS IT ?
Kosher is a term originally used to describe that which is “fit” and “proper”. Most often, it is used to denote foods that are permitted to be eaten by people who observe dietary laws.
Aside from Jewish consumers, many Seventh Day Adventists, Fundamental Christians, Moslems, vegetarians, people with lactose intolerance, and those prone to certain food allergies purchase kosher products for religious and/or health reasons.
Foods are considered kosher when prepared in accordance with the Jewish dietary laws. These laws are complex; supervision by a competent Rabbi is required. However, in a general sense, two issues must be considered:
Foods may be rendered non-kosher for a variety of reasons:
*Species of animals (kosher animals chew their cud and have split hoofs)
*Improper slaughtering or processing procedures
*Mixing of meat and dairy ingredients
*Use of ingredients from non-kosher sources
*Preparation of food with non-kosher utensils or equipment
*Lack of proper certification
THE SCROLL K
The Scroll K is a non-profit kashrus agency that is recognized by rabbinical associations around the world. We enjoy the support and cooperation of thousands of synagogues and rabbis representing kosher consumers.
As a kosher certifying agency, we service food manufacturers, bakeries, candy companies, dairies, snack foods companies, chemical companies, nursing homes, supermarket chains, hotel chains, restaurants, caterers, and independent grocers. In addition, The Scroll K provides lectures to businesses, universities, schools, and hospitals. The Scroll K is also a consultant to the Colorado prison system.
The Scroll K has appeared on television on several occasions, including the Food Cable Network. The Scroll K is the only certification of over 300 kashrus organizations mentioned in the book of “The Jews of America.” The Scroll K has received many certificates of appreciation and achievements from groups such as the ABC Food Group, The Tortilla Industry, and the Snack Food Industry, etc…The Scroll K is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists.
The affixation of the Scroll K symbol is a firm guarantee to consumers and manufacturers alike that its product is in full compliance with the highest kosher standards. Its symbol can be found on grocery store shelves and warehouses across the nation.
The process for certifying your products involves a comprehensive series of procedures designed to be quick and efficient. The process includes the following steps:
1. The application is the first active step towards certification. You may obtain an application by calling our office at 303-595-9349, or download the form from the scroll K website. Our kashrus administrator, who specializes in guiding new applicants through the kosher process, will answer all your preliminary questions. He will be your guide throughout the application procedure. There are charges of $395.00 for the initial inspection, and for expenses incurred. The initial inspection fee should be sent in with your application.
2. The Kashrus administrator will review the application and contact you with any questions he may have. He will also set up an appointment to visit your facility(ies) for an on-site physical inspection. He will look at the following:
a) Ingredients appearing on the application are the same found at the facility(ies).
b) Ingredients that are not certified will be determined if there is a risk of cross contamination or compatibility issues. This will be addressed accordingly during the visit of your plant.
c) Equipment, processing and cleaning procedures
d) Storage facility(ies)
3. The Scroll K will prepare contractual agreements for your review when all necessary requirements have been met. The agreements will outline the guidelines and all fees charged.
4. The letter of kosher certification details which of your products and facility(ies) are under the Scroll K supervision. It grants your company the right to display our Scroll K kosher symbol. The kosher certification letter is granted upon receipt of the signed contract and payment of the first year supervision.
It is difficult to estimate the certification fee prior to our receiving the application and seeing your facility(ies). Our charges are based on the initial set up and supervision cost. Under no circumstances is the fee linked to percentage of sales or labels printed. The Scroll K is a non-profit organization and is committed to remaining economical.
Upon receipt of the signed application and your check for $395.00 (expenses will be billed later), I will call you to set up an appointment.
Once again, thank you for your interest in our organization. Looking forward to a long and successful professional relationship, I remain.
Rabbi Moshe Heisler