Hungary’s embassy in Tel Aviv organised a conference on the production and market opportunities of kosher-certified food. At the event, Hungarian, American and Israeli experts and businesspeople discussed the rules of kosher food production and the conditions for selling kosher food on the Israeli, European and American markets.
Levente Benkő, Hungary’s ambassador to Israel, discussed the traditions of Hungarian kosher food production through the example of Tokaj wine and noted the kosher slaughterhouse in Csengele, in southern Hungary. Benkő said the 19 billion dollar global kosher food market offered significant opportunities for Hungary’s food industry.
David Deutsch, representative of the European Kosher Organization in Hungary, talked about the process of kosher certification and the requirements for kosher ingredients and production processes. The kosher food market expands by about 12% each year and the prices of kosher products are about 20% higher than those of non-kosher products, he said.
Korin Ketner, manager of Israeli retail chain Shufersal’s private label products, said that on a global scale only 14% of kosher foods were purchased by religious Jews. He said kosher products were becoming increasingly popular, given that they are also accepted by many Muslims and that many people buy them for health reason