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.
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.