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Thinking Kosher: An Introduction

An introduction to the meaning of the world of Kosher

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Erie Foods International

The history of Erie Foods International began in 1938. In the beginning, the company produced industrial casein for the adhesive, paint and textile industries. Later, it was the first firm to domestically convert casein to sodium caseinate for non-dairy applications such as coffee whiteners and whipped toppings. Since the company’s expansion from the industrial casein markets in the 60’s and 70’s, the Orthodox Union has been part of our growth.

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Bumble Bee Seafoods – A Kosher Tradition

Today, Bumble Bee® is an integrated seafood company with approximately $750 million in annual revenues and a wholly owned subsidiary of ConAgra Foods, Inc.—one of the world’s largest branded food companies. Each of their brands proudly bears the OU symbol of quality, a certification that goes back for decades. “We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the OU, as we know that its symbol is a critical measure of quality for our consumers.“

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American Casein Company

The cooperation between AMCO and the Orthodox Union is well earned. Historically, AMCO buyers of raw ingredients would travel the world searching for the dairy farms and casein manufacturing facilities that would meet their high standards.

These high standards were now the mutual concern of the company as well as the Orthodox Union. Representatives from both organizations would travel into the far-reaching corners of the world to prepare for and assist in the certification process of a kosher casein manufacturing plant.

Several successful overseas facilities have been certified kosher through the efforts of AMCO and the Orthodox Union working together to meet these high standards.

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We Just Became Kosher

Dave and Betsy Wilcox did not have the money for expensive cuts of meat so they came up with the perfect marinade to help tenderize inexpensive meats. Since then, ALLEGRO has become the market leader in marinades through-out the South. Since becoming certified by the OU, the marketing research has reflected the growing demand for kosher pareve items. “It was worth our efforts after all.”

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A&B Gefilte Fish -No Labor, No Preservatives

A&B Famous Gefilte Fish owes its success to the vision and foresight of Abraham and Benjamin, but in very great part to the OU as well. OU certification opens doors in homes to them worldwide — and when your product is gefilte fish, if those doors don’t open, you are out of business.

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The Vinegar Industry (Halachic Highlights)

A series of questions and answers about the OU policy on kosher issues in the vinegar industry.

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Close, but not quite the same?

In everyday language it is not uncommon to encounter similar sounding words used for very different items. Food ingredients are by no means impervious to this phenomenon, and there are…

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Shechita in America: Past and Present, A Brief Overview

A history of Shechita in American and its Halachic Implications

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Red Flag Ingredients

A partial listing of common “Red Flag Ingredients” which one may come across in the flavor industry as well as other industries.

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