Castilian food companies have been investing in R+D to be part of the more than 7,500 new kosher products being introduced annually in the global markets.
14 agrifood companies from Castile and Leon have the kosher certificate and are already exporting milk, wine, dairies and chocolate to Israel and other kosher markets.
Madrid, June the 30th.- The kosher market is not only an opportunity but a reality for the agrifood companies in Castile and Leon in Spain. Quality, excellent raw material, tradition, expertise and a strong Spanish brand recognition are within the secrets for the 14 agrifood companies that have been distinguished with the kosher certification and are already exporting milk, wine, dairies and chocolate to Israel and other kosher markets.
In fact, some of these companies have been showcasing their products in a recent commercial mission in Israel organized by Gedeth Network (www.gedeth.com) and the Innovation Agency for Finance and Business Internationalization (ADE) of the Castile and Leon government.
“Despite the cultural bonds with the Jewish culture, Spanish companies have been ignoring the attractive opportunities of the kosher market and the estimated 600 million dollars in annual revenues. But this is something that is changing now not only for the recognized quality of the Spanish food products but for the innovation efforts being made by midsize companies”, explains Juan Millán, managing partner at Gedeth Network an internationalization business consultancy firm.
Castile and Leon has already a total of 14 food companies that have been distinguished with the kosher certification. 29% of these companies have achieved certification for kosher dairy and cheese products, another 22% for biscuits and chocolates, 14% for wines and the rest is divided between honey, vegetables, sugar, nuts and food additives.
Amongst these companies that are already exporting to Israel and benefiting from the kosher market opportunities we can find regional industry companies such as Gullón (biscuits), Europraline (Trapa chocolates), Elgorriaga (biscuits), Feyce (honey), Quesos El Pastor (cheese and dairies), Lácteas San Vicente (cheese and dairies) y Huercasa (beetroot).