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10 Most Interesting Kosher Stats of 2006

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Size of Kosher Food Market:

The kosher food market is a $9 billion market today.

Consumer Spending for Kosher Products:

Consumers spent approximately $165 billion for kosher products in 2003, according to data compiled by Integrated Marketing Communications. In comparison, they spent $250 million on kosher products 25 years earlier.

Growth in Kosher Food Market:

The kosher food market is enjoying an annual growth of approximately 15 percent. In comparison, non-kosher food sales in American supermarkets are growing at approximately 4 percent a year.

American Consumers of Kosher Products:

21% of Americans buy kosher food. Less than 25% of kosher consumers in America are observant Jews. 55% of America's kosher food consumers buy kosher products because they believe kosher food is healthier.

Jewish Consumers of Kosher Products:

Some surveys conclude there are 5.2 million Jews in America, while others say there are closer to 6 million Jews in America. Only about 15% of American Jews keep kosher.

Non-Jewish Consumers of Kosher Products:

80% of all kosher food sales are made outside of the traditional Jewish market. Non-Jewish kosher consumers include health conscience, vegetarians, lactose intolerant, Muslims, Seventh Day Adventists and other Christian sects with dietary restrictions.

Kosher Certified Products:

There are more than 100,000 kosher certified products today. Approximately 3,000 new products are introduced into the kosher market each year. Hebrew National sausages made of 100% beef are the top selling kosher brand in America today.

Kosher Products in US Supermarkets:

In 2005, 40% of US grocery sales were certified kosher, according to the Bureau of Census. The average number of kosher products in American supermarkets is 17,000.

Kosher Producing Companies:

There are over 10,000 kosher producing companies today.

Kosher Certifiers:

There are close to 400 kosher certifiers worldwide. 40% of the retail food products sold in the United States today bear some type of kosher certification.

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