The 2011 New York’s Jewish Community Study of New York released June 12th by UJA-Federation of New York revealed that the Jewish population in New York was more than 1.5 million. Sales of kosher foods during that same period increased by more than 25%, with an average annual growth of 12%.
Nearly $6 billion worth of foods are sold to Jews, annually, who eat kosher year-round, Jews who frequently eat kosher, and a growing number of non-kosher consumers who covet kosher products.
While the UJA study says that 32% keep kosher homes, the number of Jews who eat kosher during holidays and while entertaining is at least double that number. In fact, UJA says that 68% light Chanukah candles, 69% participate in at least one Passover Seder, and 46% take part in a Shabbat meal.
The level of observance explains the two tracks of growth of kosher in the area; the nearly 500,000 Orthodox Jews accounts for the growth of kosher in both the growing number of independent stores, and the expansion of kosher in supermarkets and discount stores. Retailers in New York and other markets say that many Conservative and Reform Jews, as well as increasing numbers of nonaffiliated Jews, are frequenting the kosher section of supermarkets or independent kosher stores.
“It is amazing that Jews who do not participate in anything [traditionally] Jewish (like going to synagogue) will buy kosher chickens,” said an official at Fairway. Supermarkets also speak of the many non-Jews who buy kosher, which some factor into the dramatic growth of kosher food sales in the past decade.
The New York area represents about 55% of kosher food sales nationwide. The study also revealed that there is a significant amount of poverty in the New York Jewish community as more than half a million people live in poor and near-poor Jewish households.
Report Courtesy of Kosher Today
International latest news1 week ago
‘Jexodus’ Group Helps Jewish Millennials Leave Democratic Party
Op-Ed3 weeks ago
Examining Polish Culpability in the Holocaust
Health3 weeks ago
Medical Cannabis Relieves Symptoms in Children with Autism
New York City News3 weeks ago
NYU to Host Linda Sarsour Despite Her Anti-Semitic Controversies
Health3 weeks ago
Measles Outbreak in Bklyn’s Orthodox Jewish Community Continues to Grow; Health Dept Warns Parents
Travel3 weeks ago
Bigger in Boca: New Facility Opens Doors to Jewish Tourists and Residents
Arts & Culture3 weeks ago
Jewish Leaders Meet with Egypt’s Al-Sisi in Historic Visit
Arts & Culture6 days ago
“Highway Through History” Exhibit to Display Archaeological Finds Unearthed in Excavations at Tel Beit Shemesh