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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:27

Hidden on a small farm South of Lethbridge Alberta, two young brothers J.R and Dawson Wikkerink have built a company that is fast becoming one of Western Canada’s fastest growing Non-Dairy Ice Cream Brands. It started back in 2010, Joseph had already joined the Wikkerink family from his native Haiti and was settling into family life in Southern Alberta. Meanwhile his brother David was still stuck in Haiti when the earthquake struck. Forced from his home to live in a tent and while homeless developed cholera.

Meanwhile back in Lethbridge, J.R. had recently celebrated his birthday and was given an Ice Cream Maker as a gift. J.R. had started making Coconut Milk Ice Cream for his younger brother Dawson who was lactose Intolerant. He started using coconut milk because it gave a rich texture and mainly because it was not an allergen. J.R. was convinced that there must be something he could do to help his adopted brother David in Haiti who was still at the orphanage. “I wanted to do something to help the orphanage” says J.R. He used the money from the profits he raised to send money back to Joseph and David’s orphanage. Today Screamin Brothers donates 5% of their net profit to various children’s charities including BC’S Children’s Hospital.

Initially J.R. and Dawson started selling to family and friends, then they started selling at the local Farmers market, where they sold out every time they bought their frozen treats. With a shortage of Dairy free Ice Cream J.R. and Dawson heard many comments about how much a product like theirs is needed in the marketplace. They moved from a small ice cream maker to a larger ice cream maker to keep up with demand. This was Dawson’s idea “to make it bigger so we can help more children” Within a short space of time Grocery stores were asking if they could carry it.

The increase in production has created challenges for the Wikkerink family farm in southern Alberta. What used to be a beef and poultry operation has become a Dairy Free Frozen Dessert plant, with parents Wayne and Ann Wikkerink taking on roles to assist the boys. When asked how did you come up with your name, the boys answer “because David and Joseph like to scream”

Today over 200 retail stores across Canada sell Screamin Brothers Dairy Free Desserts. They are available in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Including leading supermarkets such as Coopers Market, Thrifty’s and Save on Foods.

To watch the boys presentation on Dragon's Den scroll to the 35 minute mark.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification and provides Kosher Certification to companies throughout the Province of Alberta. Alberta is home to two of Canada’s largest cities – Calgary and Edmonton. With a continually expanding energy sector, a massive beef industry, and an important grain industry, Alberta is a national economic leader. Kosher Check can help assist companies tap into that explosive economic growth. Kosher Check provides Kosher Certification to leading manufacturers across the province including Bakemark Ingredients, Sunny Boy Foods, Lucerne Foods, Rock Ridge Dairy and Screamin Brothers.

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 18:31

AstaReal, one of the leading manufacturers of Astaxanthin recently gained Kosher Certification through Kosher Check for their manufacturing facility in Moses Lake, Washington State. AstaReal was the first company in the world to commercially produce natural Astaxanthin from Haematococcus Pluvialis (Micro Algae). Realising the advantages of gaining Kosher Certification, AstaReal gained Kosher Certification to better serve the needs of their pharmaceutical/ Health Supplement and food manufacturers.

Located in Washington State, one of America’s leading agricultural states, known for growing of Apples, Concord Grapes, Raspberries, Cherries and Asparagus. Kosher Check provides Kosher Certification to many companies located throughout Washington State, from Blaine and Lynden in the North to Moses Lake, the Yakima Valley and Walla Walla in the South.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Merck Pharmaceuticals, Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Golden Boy Foods, Legumex Walker to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 18:02

Purdy’s Chocolates is a major Canadian Chocolatier, producing a line of premium chocolates including Truffles, Hazelnut Hedgehogs, Creams, Caramels, Filled Chocolates and more.

In the fall of 2013 Purdy’s Chocolates received the seal of approval from Kosher Check for their Chocolate Bars and Novelty line of Chocolate. After receiving many phone calls and enquiries from the Kosher Consumer regarding Purdy’s other Chocolate products. Kosher Check worked on a strategy with Purdy’s to make some of their premium chocolates such as their signature Hedgehogs Kosher certified. We are pleased to announce that today, many of the products for sale in Purdy’s Stores are Kosher Certified. We know the Kosher Certification of these products will be greeted with much excitement and will continue to work with Purdys on increasing their range of Kosher certified products.

Purdy's Chocolates are available for purchase through their vast network of stores located throughout Ontario including stores located in Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Hillcrest Shopping Centre in Richmond Hill and Vaughan Mills. In Edmonton at the West Edmonton Mall. In Calgary at the Southcentre Mall and Chinook Mall. In Vancouver at Oakridge Mall. For more information regarding store locations, please visit www.purdys.com

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Merck, Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Golden Boy Foods, Legumex Walker to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 13:09

Four of Howe Sound Brewing Company's original ales have been certified by Kosher Check. King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen has been approved by Kosher check and is now a certified Kosher ale. A double gold winner in the North American Beer Awards and winner of Canadian Brewing Gold, this big hefeweizen stands alone among wheat ales.

Fourway Fruit Ale, Whitecap Wheat and You're My Boy Blue Blueberry Wheat Ale are also now certified Kosher. These wheat beers are available in BC and for limited release in some other provinces. King Heffy enjoys wider distribution in the Canadian and US markets.

Richard Wood from Kosher Check stated: "With the advent of microbreweries, it has become common for beer to contain problematic ingredients such as isinglass, gelatin and colouring agents. Some breweries also add dairy ingredients such as chocolate or lactose to beers. Today many people prefer to purchase Kosher certified products including Beer to ensure that no animal by-products have been added. According to market research Kosher has been the most frequent claim on new products launched in North America since 2005, outselling Organic, all natural and no additive products."

Each year, Howe Sound Brewing attempts to provide new and innovative beers to a local and international audience in order to promote Canadian craft beer. "With Kosher certification, Howe Sound beers can adapt to a new and ever expanding marketplace. With over 11 million US residents purchasing Kosher products, it seems a natural fit that a number of our beers should be certified Kosher", said Dave Fenn, co-owner of Howe Sound Brewing.

During 2014, Howe Sound expanded across Canada and into the US, where the interest in craft beer and new artisan styles is growing rapidly. "As a craft brewery, we feel it's important to continually adapt along the lines of new flavours, creative marketing and new forms of certification and market segmentation as well. The Kosher brand is one part of that," said Fenn.
Howe Sound beers are being shipped across Canada and also are now available in the Ontario LCBO as a regular listing. In 2013, 2x4 Brewing and Distribution introduced Howe Sound Brewing into a larger mainstream market in the US, as part of the "Canada's Select Brews" label.

Howe Sound Brewing is based in Squamish, BC and has been brewing delicious craft ales and lagers since 1996. It brews and ships a full range of lagers and ales to BC, Alberta, across Canada and to eleven states in the U.S.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Howe Sound Brewery, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Golden Boy Foods, Legumex Walker to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 22:39

Merck, one of the worlds most well known Pharmaceutical and Chemical companies recently gained Kosher Check Kosher Certification for their production facility in India. Realizing the demand for Kosher Certified products, and with demand coming from Customers based in North America, Europe and Australia, Merck wanted to be able to capitalize on this market.

Over the past decade the demand for Kosher Certified products has increased dramatically. The Kosher market has been growing at an annual rate of 15% for the past several years and kosher certified products continue to outsell both Organic and All Natural. In order to keep up with demand and as Food Manufacturers in North America and Europe looks to new sources of Ingredients, they increasingly turn to Asian countries such as India for new sources.

India has the World's second largest population, third largest economy and is the World's second largest producer of food next to China. AC Nielsen recently named India as a hotspot for food manufacturers, food producers and food ingredient professionals and the country is now becoming an integral part of the global food ingredient network. Given this trend, India has become one of the most important destinations for food investment, with the food industry growing at an annual rate of 17%. As Food exports continue to increase in India, many Indian food manufacturers are now turning to Kosher Certification to assist them in gaining new markets and increased sales.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Merck, Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Golden Boy Foods, Legumex Walker to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 13:58

Please be advised that Yogurt Covered Pretzels and Granola sold by Inno Specialty Foods contain dairy (Not Cholov Yisroel) as indicated in the ingredient list but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted from the label. Corrective measures are being implemented and consumers finding this product are asked to contact Kosher Check at (604) 731-1803.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 15:45

Coconuts and coconut products have been a staple of Sri Lankan cooking for centuries. Sri Lanka is the forth largest producer of Coconuts in the world. Coconuts account for over 10% of agricultural produce in Sri Lanka. Over the past several years Coconut products such as Coconut Water as well as Coconut Cream have become very popular in North America given the health benefits associated with coconuts and coconut by-products.

This has lead many manufacturers of Coconut Products in Sri Lanka to seek Kosher Certification. Recently Sanmik Foods a leading producer in Sri Lanka achieved Kosher Certification through Kosher Check. Sanmik Foods commenced operations in 2003 and started exporting products in 2007. Recently Sanmik expanded their processing facility and immediately decided to gain Kosher Certification, in order to meet customer demands. In addition to producing Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk and Dessicated Coconut, Sanmik also produces a variety of Dried Fruit and spices. Within a short time of gaining Kosher Certification, Sanmik has noticed a difference. As more and more Sri Lankan food manufacturers look to increase sales and export to North America, Europe and beyond, many are turning to Kosher Certification to assist them in opening new doors.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Golden Boy Foods, Legumex Walker to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 15:48

Recently, I have received many emails and phone calls regarding the Kosher Status of Frozen Yoghurt and Ice Cream Stores in Vancouver. At present there are no Kosher Certified Ice Cream/ Frozen Yogurt stores, however there are some that claim to be Kosher.

Since these establishments are not certified and there is no Mashgiach visiting the store on a regular basis there can be many issues. Typically the store will purchase a prepared Ice Cream or yogurt base. This base will contain various ingredients including, milk, milk powder, stabilizers, thickening agents, cultures and possibly other ingredients including gelatin. Once they receive this, they will mix it with a flavour. E.g. Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla etc. to make the final product. Flavours are very highly kosher sensitive items. Typically a flavour company that is Kosher Certified will employ a full time Mashgiach or have someone that will visit them 3-4 times a week. The reason for this is because they produce Kosher as well as non-kosher flavours. Natural flavours can be extracted from animals or plants and artificial flavours are extracted from chemicals and other ingredients. For many years we certified a flavour company in Greater Vancouver that produced kosher flavours as well as Non-Kosher flavours such as a Strawberry flavour from Cochineal (an insect) .

When you as a customer visit the store, it can be very reassuring that the staff hand you a thick binder showing you all of the Kosher Certificates for their ingredients. However unless you have a deep understanding of the halacha’s of kashrus and check each ingredient, you will not actually know if they are kosher or not. Because the store is not certified, they are not bound by any legal agreements or surprise inspections by a Mashgiach. The only word you have that the ingredients are kosher is that of the store attendant. In addition the Kosher Certificates that they showed you, may no longer be valid or they could have since changed to a non-kosher supplier.

There is also the concept of Maris Ayin. If someone sees a Frum Jew going into or purchasing something such as Ice Cream from an uncertified store, they may unknowingly feel that everything is kosher and decide to purchase an Ice Cream with non-Kosher toppings. Even if you as the customer find out that it is no longer kosher, the person who saw you there may unknowingly still be going assuming it is kosher because he saw you there.

The ideal situation would be to have a Kosher certified Ice Cream/ Frozen Yogurt store. Until that opportunity arises I recommend not patronising these establishments. If we continue to take our families there, they will have no reason to obtain Kosher Certification. I would also suggest giving feedback to the particular companies via letters, emails, facebook etc. suggesting that they get Kosher Certification.

Richard Wood
Kosher Check Kosher Certification

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 17:44

Brazil's largest exporter of Peanuts recently gained Kosher certification through Kosher Check. Coplana Cooperativa located in the Jaoboticabal region of North-East São Paulo state, with ideal growing conditions for nuts, has helped the company increase its market share to the number one exporter of peanuts in Brazil over the past few years. Many companies in Brazil are now taking advantage of Kosher Certification to help them gain access to new markets such as North America where one third of food manufacturers already have Kosher Certification.

Brazil is the Worlds fifth largest country and the worlds largest producer of Coffee, Sugar and Orange Juice Concentrate. Second largest producer of Soy Beans and third largest producer of Corn. As many food manufacturers in Brazil are looking to export in increasing numbers, many of them are now turning to Kosher certification to help them do so.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Golden Boy Foods, Legumex Walker to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:28

Howe Sound Brewing, a leading craft brewery based in Squamish, British Columbia recently gained Kosher Check certification. Originally starting off as a Micro Brewery, Howe Sound has rapidly grown to become a leading craft Brewery. Now selling Kosher certified Beer throughout British Columbia, Alberta and at over 100 LCBO liquor stores throughout the province of Ontario. In addition Howe Sound Beer is available throughout 26 states within the US. Howe Sound Beer is unique in that they use re-closable bottles known as a “pot-stopper”.

Howe Sound Beer recognized that becoming Kosher certified open an untapped market. Making them the first Kosher Certified Brewery west of Toronto. With only a few breweries currently certified throughout North America. Becoming Kosher has opened the door to over 11 million adult shoppers actively seeking out Kosher Certified products including Kosher Beer.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Golden Boy Foods, Legumex Walker to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 16:49

STEM is a leading Egyptian company which cultivates and exports herbs and Spices. The company is quite distinguished with the privilege of having its roots down to 1950s; where the owners had been granted the advantage of being cultivators having their own apt lands for cultivating herbs, spices and other agricultural products.

Today Stem sells product around the World. This recently lead them to contact Kosher Check. A Globally recognized Kosher Certification Agency to take care of their Kosher needs.

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 16:23

Mentha & Allied Products Limited, popularly known as "Mentha" is one of the India's oldest and largest Natural Menthol, Essential Oils and Aromatic Chemicals manufacturers. Ever since it came into being, the Company has emphasized the best-in-quality products. Realising the demand of Kosher Certified Products. Recently Mentha Chose Kosher Check as its choice of Kosher Certification.

India is the largest producer and exporter of Menthol Oil in the world. Over 70% of the world's mint is grown in India. Today many Menthol Oil and Essential Oil Manufacturers in India are turning to Kosher Certification to assist them in opening new markets. Menthol Oil and its derivatives and commonly sought by manufacturers of Chewing Gum, Peppermints, lozanges, toothpaste as well as in use by many of the large industrial flavour houses. Today food manufacturers in North America turn to suppliers in other parts of the world including Asia and Europe. In turn these manufacturers are now turning to Kosher Agencies such as Kosher Check to assist them with their Kosher Certification needs.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:26

Over the past decade the demand for Kosher Certified products has increased dramatically. The Kosher market has been growing at an annual rate of 15% for the past several years and kosher certified products continue to outsell both Organic and All Natural. In order to keep up with demand and as Food Manufacturers in North America and Europe looks to new sources of Ingredients, they increasingly turn to Asian countries such as India for new sources.

India has the World's second largest population, third largest economy and is the World's second largest producer of food next to China. AC Nielsen recently named India as a hotspot for food manufacturers, food producers and food ingredient professionals and the country is now becoming an integral part of the global food ingredient network. Given this trend, India has become one of the most important destinations for food investment, with the food industry growing at an annual rate of 17%. As Food exports continue to increase in India, many Indian food manufacturers are now turning to Kosher Certification to assist them in gaining new markets and increased sales.

As a part of this trend Kasyap Sweetners, India's largest producer of Sorbitol recently turned to Kosher Check to gain an internationally recognized and accepted Kosher Certification.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 16:00

Catalyst Development and their brand of Gnubees natural fruit drinks recently gained Kosher Check certification. Catalyst Development is a manufacturer of Pouched beverages. For more information please visit www.catalystdevelopment.ca

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 17:30

On Tuesday January 7th, Rabbi Mendy and Steve Burton creator of Icicle Food Safety Technology ran a joint webinar. They discussed the relationship between Kosher certification and HACCP-based food safety. Giving a background on both and demonstrating how both can be managed on the same platform using the Icicle food safety technology developed by Burton Software Inc.

Watch the Webinar and learn more!

Rabbi Levi is the Rabbitical Field Administrator Inspector checking product in the Garden Protein manufacturing facility. Photograph by: Kim Stallknecht, PNG
Friday, November 29, 2013 - 13:06

Everything’s kosher as certified foods move into the mainstream

A reputation for careful production and inspection has driven popularity of food that meets Jewish dietary laws

BY JENNY LEE, VANCOUVER SUN NOVEMBER 26, 2013

Take a little non-profit agency run by an innovative orthodox rabbi — in no way a contradiction in terms — and you get Kosher Check, a Vancouver kosher certification agency that sends rabbinical inspectors as far away as India and China.

“Companies want to get kosher certification because it makes their products easier to sell,” Kosher Check business manager Richard Wood said.

“The majority of people today buy kosher products not because they are Jewish but because they are vegans or vegetarians or celiacs or lactose intolerant,” Wood said. “They could be Muslims or Seventh Day Adventists.”

The primary reason North Americans buy kosher is for its reputation for more careful production and inspection, market research firm Mintel said. In response to the market perception, Kosher Check will now require adherence to advanced food safety protocols such as Canada’s Hazard Awareness Critical Control Points (HACCP). It already requires food manufacturers to meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency minimum standards.

Kosher Check certifies food as having been prepared according to Jewish dietary laws and labels foods as dairy, a meat product or dairy free (pareve).

Certain animals, fowl and fish (such as pork, rabbit, catfish, shellfish and most insects) are not kosher, and even kosher species must be slaughtered and prepared in a prescribed manner. Dairy products must come from kosher animals. Meat and milk may not be combined, and ingredients within a kosher product must be kosher. Fruit and vegetables are kosher, but must be inspected and certified that they are not contaminated by anything non-kosher, such as insects.

Eighty per cent of global kosher sales are outside traditional Jewish markets, Wood said. “Kosher outpaces organic, natural and gluten (free) and continues to be the market leader in North America,” he said.

Only 14 per cent of U.S. consumers buying kosher foods do so because they adhere to Jewish dietary laws, according to Mintel. In addition, 10 per cent of consumers buying kosher foods do so because they follow other religions with similar dietary rules.

India and China have become prime customers for the Vancouver non-profit agency as food manufacturers increasingly seek more affordable, Asian-produced ingredients such as dehydrated onion powder, menthol oil, guar gum and glucose, Wood said.

Kosher Check certifies 14,000 products of which 2,000 are manufactured and certified in Asia.

“Seventy per cent of the world’s mint comes from India. The mint in your toothpaste probably comes from India,” Wood said.

He also recently sent a rabbi to Tanzania and Mozambique to examine cashews.

“Quite often I will refer to (the rabbis) as inspectors, as in many countries they have no idea what a Jew is or what is a rabbi,” Wood said.

Kosher Check, then known as B.C. Kosher, has been certifying manufacturers since 1983 and operating in Asia since 1985, when Rabbi Avraham Feigelstock, the organization’s originator and supervising rabbi, identified an opportunity. Although the service had been available in Vancouver, Rabbi Feigelstock greatly expanded the scale.

Historically, the rabbi in each community would certify the local butcher and baker, but as food manufacturing grew more sophisticated, the Jewish community began to create certification agencies to cope with the intricacies involved. Heinz was one of the first manufacturers to be certified kosher back in the 1920s. In 1935, Rabbi Tobias Gessen in Altanta, Ga., famously certified Coca-Cola as kosher. More than two-thirds of food manufactured in North America is certified kosher.

Kosher Check, an offshoot of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of B.C., is the only kosher certification agency in Canada that operates internationally, thanks to Rabbi Feigelstock’s entrepreneurial mind, and it is the largest agency east of Ontario.

Vancouver has a Jewish population of just 26,000 compared to 189,000 in Toronto and 91,000 in Montreal and not all people who identify themselves as Jewish buy kosher food. Nevertheless, Kosher Check is probably among the top 10 kosher certification agencies in North America, Wood said.

Most agencies are non-profit or run as an extension of a synagogue. There are about 1,000 kosher certification bodies worldwide.

Kosher Check’s 500 customers include local heavyweights Canada Safeway, Rogers Sugar, Garden Protein, Golden Boy Foods and Sunrise Soya. It employs 20 rabbis worldwide to supervise kosher food production and operates across Canada, in 13 U.S. states, and in Chile, China, India, Japan, the Philippines, South Africa and Vietnam.

Inspectors arrive unannounced.

“People say we come more often than the Canada Food Inspection Agency,” Wood said. “At the moment, there’s a shortage of coconut product from the Philippines. One of our manufacturers in Coquitlam wanted someone in Sri Lanka certified.”

Kosher certification can get quite complex. Meat must be ritually slaughtered to minimize pain to the animal, separate utensils must be used for meat and dairy, and manufacturing equipment may need to be purged at specified high temperatures.

Kosher Check is now looking to expand its reach in Asia. Toronto and Montreal’s kosher certification agencies have the advantage of being located in major food manufacturing hubs and do much of their work locally.

“We want to become more of a global agency and in order to do that we have to go further afield,” Wood said. Kosher Check is ideally located to work in China and India, the first and second largest food producers in the world, Wood said. The organization’s primary goal is to increase the supply of kosher food for the kosher consumer, he said.

“With the federal government making these free trade agreements with countries like Vietnam, it only encourages food manufacturers there to become kosher certified and we want to be part of that action,” Wood said.

The U.S. kosher food market was worth $12.5 billion US in 2008, a 64 per cent increase from five years earlier, Mintel said. Kosher food sales in Canada are estimated at $500 million, Wood said.

jennylee@vancouversun.com

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Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 07:13

Purdy's Chocolates, a leading Chocolatier has gain Kosher Check certification. Purdy's Chocolates are available for purchase through their vast network of stores located throughout Ontario including stores located in Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Hillcrest Shopping Centre in Richmond Hill and Vaughan Mills. In Edmonton at the West Edmonton Mall. In Calgary at the Southcentre Mall and Chinook Mall. In Vancouver at Oakridge Mall. For more information regarding store locations, please visit www.purdys.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 17:52

For several years Garden Protein has been kosher certified for a few products they manufacture. After several months of hard work due to customer demand we are pleased to announce that Garden Protein and their Gardein Brand are now 100% Kosher. Below is some information taken from a recent interview.

Please describe your history and how you started?

Garden Protein was founded in 2005 by Yves Potvin, founder and former owner of Yves Veggie Cuisine. After leaving YVC, Yves developed a proprietary technology to create GARDEIN – a product that allows plant based proteins to mimic meat in taste and texture, but without saturated fat or cholesterol, and which is environmentally less impactful and also is ‘animal friendly’.

What type of products do you manufacture, how do they differ from other meat alternative products?

GARDEIN uses plant based proteins to create products like Chick’nless Breasts, and Chick’nless Wings, as well as Beefless Tips, and Beefless Strips, just to name a few. GARDEIN is different because it tastes so good !!! Meat alternatives have long had a stigma for tasting like oily cardboard. GARDEIN on the other hand is often confused for real chicken or beef, and can be used just like traditional meat for any recipe with great success. And there are fun foods like the Crispy Chick’nless Tenders that family’s love and can be used as an appetizer or snack that is healthy and great tasting – so not just the main course.

Please explain the process over the past 10 months to make your facility 100% Kosher? Did Kosher Check help and assist you along the way and if so how?

The BCK team has been so helpful in providing us with guidance and the information needed to qualify for Kosher status. They have been very giving and flexible with their time too. And of course BCK is widely recognized as meeting the most stringent standards for Kosher certification. This allows us to put the Kosher Check symbol on all of our products, no matter where we ship to in North America.

We are very honoured to work with Kosher Check to achieve this certification.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 17:37

Export Trade Group a leader in commodity trading recently gained certification for their processing facilities in Tanzania and Mozambique.

Export Trading Group owns and manages the most vertically integrated agriculture supply chain on the African subcontinent with operations spanning in procurement, processing, warehousing, distribution and merchandising. In addition to ETG’s presence in more than 30 African countries, it is actively present in North America, India, China and South East Asia.

For more information visit www.etgworld.com or contact Kosher Check.

Happy Planet Juice
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:21

Please be advised that HAPPY PLANET juices are no longer certified kosher by the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia (BC Kosher). For more information, please contact Richard Wood at (604) 731-1803 ext 103.

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