Summer 2017


Ask the OU Kosher Rabbi

Dear Rabbi, We are in the midst of deciding whether to go ahead with submitting our OU application. It has been brought to our marketing team’s attention that there is a growing tendency among kosher consumers to seek OU-certified liquor products.  Is that true? We are aware of requirements for kosher certification of wines, brandies, […]

New to the OU: Italian Puff Pastry Bliss in Your Freezer – “Grazie!” to The Perla Company!

Good news! You don’t have to fly across the Atlantic to enjoy The Perla Company mouth-watering puff Italian pastries. And now they’re OU Kosher! Founded in 1988, the company continues to serve as the leader in frozen puff-pastries specialties. From the beginning, the company’s aim was to achieve a superior quality product. Apparently, they’ve more […]

New to the OU: Nutraceuticals Rule! – Surge of the Supplement Industry

Consumer interest in healthy-living is on the rise. According to a new report by Research and Markets, the U.S. nutraceutical market will reach $75.3 billion in 2017 and grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of nearly six percent between 2013 and 2017. Dietary supplements dominate the market with a 37 percent share, followed […]

New to the OU – Meal Replacement

Renowned NYC restauranteur and kosher cookbook author Levana Kirschenbaum has just launched Levana™ Meal Replacement. Unlike most commercial meal replacements, Levana™ Meal Replacement is made with pure plantbased ingredients and provides the nutrients of a complete balanced meal without chemicals or added sugar. Each flavorful pouch can be mixed with liquid for the nutrition of […]

The Bug Stops Here! – Advances in Insect Inspection

Since kosher law strictly prohibits the consumption of insects, OU Kosher is presented with the challenge of making sure that insect-prone fruits, vegetables, or berries are free of this concern. OU Kosher has made great strides in this area through several successful initiatives. As a result of these advances, many professionals in the field use […]

Special Run High Seas Style – Rabbi Yitzchak Gallor at Your Service!

Quality kosher fish oil is in very high demand.  But, it’s not easy to make and calls for a solid commitment to kosher, in many – unusual – ways. To start, the company needs to have a kosher fishery able to keep by-catch of non-kosher nontarget species to near zero and control a facility which […]

Glucosamine – Is it Kosher or Not?

Glucosamine (glucose + amine) is a sweet-tasting amino sugar known to benefit those who suffer from osteoporosis, as it supports the structure and function of joints. It is commonly sold in tablet form, a ready-to-mix powder, or included in a nutritional bar. Since it is manufactured from the “soft” shells of shellfish such as lobsters […]

Oregon Mini Geese – Succulent and OU Kosher

Having “your goose cooked” could be a good thing. Even for kosher consumers. In spite of the uncertainty that every breed of geese was accepted as kosher, the consensus is that most of them were. In the Middle Ages, it has been noted that waterfowl tended not to be predatory (predators are not kosher). However, […]

Versatile Vinegar

  People have been using it to flavor food for centuries. Although vinegar is commonly added to dressings, marinades, and pickling, it also serves as a medicine, a corrosive agent, and as a preservative. Recently, vinegar has also received a resounding endorsement from the alternative health industry, with claims of health and nutritional value, including […]

Blue Moon and OU Kosher Partner to Bring Kosher-Friendly Beer to 10.5 Million More Americans

New state-of-the-art brewery receives kosher certification from Orthodox Union Denver, May 9, 2017– Blue Moon Brewing Company (Blue Moon), an award-winning craft beer company, announced today that its newest brewery in the River North (RiNo) neighborhood in Denver has been certified as OU Kosher from the Orthodox Union, the foremost authority in kosher certification. While […]

The Beer Essentials

While consumers are always looking for the latest trend, today’s food staples are likely the staples of yesterday. One notable example is the forever popular beverage – beer. Just the other day I read about a recently discovered beer recipe. It was carved into a tablet roughly 5,000 years ago.  Ancient Romans called their brew, […]

OU Kosher’s King of the West Coast

His colleagues call him OU Kosher’s West Coast “main guy.” And rightly so. Rabbi Reuven Nathanson, RFR director of the West Coast region, has put in close to three decades inspecting plants in no less than 10 Western states. His fellow RFRs know they can turn to him for his expertise in kosher – and […]