Steven Genack

Steven Genack has worked at OU Kosher for more than ten years with a specialty in ingredients. He is an attorney and former editor of a newspaper. He has a wide array of interests including playing tennis, golf and basketball and reading biographies and memoirs.

Investment and Innovation in the Upcycled Food Arena

The upcycled food market is booming, with a projected global market valuation of $94 billion by 2032 (Global Market Insights). Many OU kosher-certified companies are leveraging their manufacturing capacity to capitalize on this trend. By upcycling food waste into nutritious products, this industry reduces the environmental impact of landfills, which emit harmful toxins like methane. […]

Passover Egg Crepes

We’ve discussed the tortilla wrap hack and Yemenite breads – both flour-based – in the past, but with Passover approaching there’s an exciting alternative that fits the gluten-free theme. This option manifests itself in the form of egg crepes that are simple to make and encourage creative fillings. An added health benefit originates from the […]

Speaking With Furmano Foods

I had the privilege to speak with Frank Furmano, the Director of Sales for Foodservice Corporate Accounts at Furmano Foods. This dexterous OU kosher-certified domestic and international food service manufacturer, which offers retail products as well, specializes in producing top-grade beans, grains, tomatoes and sauces. We discussed the nature of their business as it relates […]

Creating a Kosher for Passover Certified Product 

What Is Kosher for Passover? Every year, OU Kosher certifies thousands of products with a special OU-P (P for Passover). The OU-P symbol indicates that all the ingredients have been approved for their Passover status, the production equipment has been inspected and is Passover-compliant, and an OU inspector was present for a special Passover production. The Expanding […]

Approaching a Kosher Mediterranean Diet

For the seventh year in a row, U.S News and World Report rated the Mediterranean diet as the best. Considering that February is American Heart Month and National Self-Check Month, exploring a diet that is both preventative and active in ensuring good health is aptly relevant. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes such foods as legumes, whole […]

2024: A Flavorful Return to Nature

Last year, we highlighted cookie butter as a trending flavor. For 2024, Senior Staff Food Editor for the New York Times, Tanya Sichynsky, sees a new trend, as evidenced by her article, “The Year of the Vegetable.” This is because consumers are returning to incorporate vegetable-based flavors into their diet. In regard to laws of […]

Celebrity Bars

In a recent webinar, Food Business News discussed new developments in the plant-based market. One OU kosher-certified company mentioned in the forum was MOSH PBC that produces a wide array of protein bars, some exclusively plant-based. The name stands for Maria Owings Shriver Health, as Maria Shriver and her son, Patrick Schwarzenegger are co-founders. Though […]

Sustainable and Smart Packaging Solutions

In a green and smart economy, food and beverage companies are looking for sustainable and technology-based solutions for packaging. Nestle and Mars, two OU kosher-certified companies, are heavily invested in sustainability, especially in using recycled plastic and biodegradables in the packaging process. This is reducing a carbon footprint. Smart packaging has entered the market as well. […]

Kosher Wash Stations for Food-Grade Liquid Bulk Tank Trailers

Independently owned OU kosher-certified wash stations clean the interior of stainless steel tank trailers to ensure that they remain kosher compliant. These trailers often carry such items as milk, chocolate, juices, wine, vegetable oils, corn syrup and glycerin. If a tanker trailer is part of an OU kosher-certified dedicated fleet, then only a kosher maintenance […]

The Cottage Cheese Comeback

People have reimagined how cottage cheese can be used. Always a celebrated food, now it’s being blended into its creamy form and standing as the core ingredient to transform other known foods. Popular examples include cottage cheese bagels, cottage cheese pancakes, cottage cheese cookie dough and cottage cheese ice cream. Kosherization of soft cheeses, like […]