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Wacky weather leads to wacky vegetable prices

I don’t know about you, but every time I go to the store to buy vegetables, I am constantly surprised by the prices.  In the beginning of the year, we were warned of high prices because of shemita and so I prepared accordingly.  Since then, the Russian economy collapsed and the weather in Europe became so pleasant for growing vegetables that they stopped importing Israeli produce.  Add to that the increased demand for Palestinian produce, and the fruit and vegetable prices dropped through the floor.  The farmers were hysterical, leaving food in their fields to rot because they couldn’t earn back the money it cost to harvest the field.

I was quite enjoying my bounty when suddenly before Pesach the prices rose again.  Why?  No mentioned reason- probably because it was pre-Pesach.  Last week, however, the cold weather that caused “the plague of hail” is being blamed for another increase in prices this week.  Avocados, for example, are 15 shekels/kg and white grapes are 30 shekels/kg.  Now it is “sharav”- let’s see if the prices will drop back down again.

Source: Yisrael HaYom

Klik recall update

In an update to my previous post regarding the Klik recall, I would like to emphasize that none of the Klik that is being recalled was exported to the United States.  You can read a letter from Unilever stating this fact: Unilever statement.  I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.


Good news for displaced Israelis- Tnuva cottage cheese to be sold in the US

For those of you have tasted both American and Israeli cottage cheese, you know that there is no comparison.  Americans, on their eternal quest to lower dietary fat, makes a relatively dry and tasteless cottage cheese. Israeli cottage cheese contains up to 9% fat.  It is smoother, creamier and the one product that displaced Israelis say they miss the most.

Tnuva has been unable to export cottage cheese to the US because it has a 14-day shelf life- not enough time to get to the US and stay on the shelf for a reasonable period of time.  They decided to change tactics and have it produced in the US.  Consumers can expect to see it on the shelves in the first half of 2015.  Don’t look for the Tnuva name, however- they have decided to use a name that will assimilate better into the general American market.

Cottage cheese earns Tnuva 300 million shekels a year in Israel.  After all the price wars regarding cottage cheese in 2011, I have to wonder whether Tnuva cottage cheese will be cheaper in Israel or in America????

While I am glad that another Israeli company will be expanding its global share, I hope this won’t become a reason to stay in America!!  Maybe we will need a new slogan: “Make aliyah and eat cottage cheese straight from the source.”

Source: Arutz Sheva

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