Blockbuster move for falafel men

By Candice Krieger, July 22, 2010

One of the UK's leading kosher food manufacturers and one of the world's top film production companies might not seem the most likely pairing for a business collaboration. But that has not stopped Beth Din-supervised Great Food from securing a unique deal with US-based film giant DreamWorks as they look to target the children's healthy food market.


The Brit set to get Israelis shopping

By Simon Griver, February 4, 2010

Richard Hunter is one to watch. The former north Londoner has been appointed CEO of Shufersal (formerly Supersol), Israel’s largest retail chain with 230 supermarkets. He joined from sister company NetVision, a communications provider where Mr Hunter, 40, had been CEO since 2007.

Both NetVision, with an annual revenue of £220 million, and Shufersal, with a yearly turnover nearly £2 billion, are controlled by Nochi Dankner’s IDB Group, a diversified business conglomerate with total assets worth over US$ 30 billion. Mr Dankner is one of the most influential businessmen in Israel.


Halve your kosher meat eating, say campaigners

By Simon Rocker, November 5, 2009

Jews should try to cut their meat consumption by half over the next few years in order to help combat global warming, according to leading Jewish environmental campaigners attending an international conference hosted by Prince Philip.

Representatives of the world’s faiths detailed their ideas to offset the impact of climate change at an Alliance of Religions and Conservation event (Arc) at Windsor Castle this week, attended by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.


No kosher kill-off, Tesco tells customers

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2009

Tesco has moved to reassure customers that kosher products have not been removed from its online sales and delivery service.

Online shoppers in a number of locations across Britain reported being unable to buy kosher food using the grocery service last week.

It sparked fears the range had been removed from the company’s website.

A Tesco spokeswoman said a “technical error” had been experienced and the problem was due to be resolved this week, making kosher items available as usual.


Katie Price's Israeli designer shopping spree

By Jessica Elgot, July 31, 2009

Katie Price caused a stir at Mayfair fashion boutique Doly, with a £42,000 shopping spree on two Israeli-designed dresses.

She choose two handmade dresses by Israeli designer Pnina Tornai costing £42,000 to wear to an event next week.

One of the dresses, a dove-grey ballgown with a diamante corset, fuelled speculation in the tabloids that she was shopping for a wedding dress with new beau, cagefighter Alex Reid.


Pesach protest stripper socks it to supermarket

By Keren David, April 7, 2009

Scrubbing brushes and vacuum cleaners are the recognised weapons in the annual war against all things leavened. But one religious man has found a novel use for the humble sock.

Arieh Yerushalmi, 28, of Bat Yam was so angry about the sale of chametz during Pesach that he stripped naked in a local supermarket — save for the strategically placed sock.

Yerushalmi had been incensed by a court ruling allowing the sale of leavened goods in supermarkets because they are not designated as public places, unlike open air markets.


Kingdom to remain shut at Passover

By James Martin, February 18, 2009

Golders Green supermarket Kosher Kingdom has advised customers that it will not reopen in time for Passover.

The store has been closed since a fire last summer and bosses tried unavailingly to find temporary premises for the lucrative Pesach market.

“Despite our best attempts, we have had to face the inevitable,” Kosher Kingdom’s David Rokach said. “It’s obviously a missed commercial opportunity but it actually hurts us that we can’t service our customers this year as they’ve become so reliant on us.”


Fire leaves Sainsbury’s without kosher bread

By Dana Gloger, June 20, 2008

A major fire has left a kosher bakery unable to maintain supplies to supermarkets.

Less than an hour before the start of Shavuot last weekend, fire tore through the Sharon’s Bakery warehouse in Tottenham, North London, gutting the entire building.

Although the bakery’s individual stores, based in Edgware, Hendon, Stamford Hill and Barkingside, were unaffected, its wholesale operation, which was run from the warehouse, had to be halted.

This has left Sainsbury’s in Finchley Road, London, without supplies of kosher bread.


Butchers’ fees cut by 10pc

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

Surprise cuts in fees paid by butchers of around 10 per cent per kilo on lamb and beef have been announced by the London Board for Shechita.

The cuts, which came into effect on Tuesday, have been introduced to help butchers facing spiralling wholesale prices, in order to limit what they then charge consumers. They have been welcomed by Jacky Lipowicz, chairman of the Licensed Kosher Meat Traders’ Association, the butchers’ “union”.

Prices ought to be limited after new fee cuts


Why I went to Mumbai to make my fortune

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

Nervous about the state of British business? Head to India, advises retail boss Oliver Kaye. Having completed stints at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Arcadia, Mr Kaye, 32, recently moved from North London to India to head up Calvin Klein because — as far as he is concerned — the British retail market is at a standstill.

“Retail in the UK is boring and bland. It’s at complete saturation,” says Mr Kaye. “If you look at what’s going on in the high street, it looks like it’s going to hit a recession.”