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U.S.kosher market grows to $12.5b

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New York…An estimated 11.5 million Americans buy $12.5 billion of kosher foods, a new survey byLUBICOM Marketing Consulting shows. Some studies, like the 2005 report by the Mintel Research Organization, put the figure at $14.5 billion. The numbers reflect sales to year-round Jewish kosher consumers, occasional Jewish customers (i.e. holiday shoppers), members of other religious faiths, and Americans who prefer kosher because of health, safety, or taste preferences. In the 2005 study, Mintel indicated that 21% of Americans either regularly or occasionally purchase kosher products because they are kosher (i.e. kosher hot dog).  The number of kosher certified products sold in the U.S. has topped 110,000. Some 2100 products were certified kosher in 2007. In the U.S., 10,650 companies and plants produce kosher products. KosherToday.com

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