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Food News Roundup – SodaStream, 100-calorie club, Rosh Hashana products and more

1. The possible closing of the SodaStream factory in Mishor Adumim went viral on social media but according to the company they are NOT closing down the factory and moving to the Negev right now.  They are in the process of making a decision as to the fate of the Mishor Adumim facility but if anything does happen, says the Director General of SodaStream, it will be based on financial considerations and not the BDS movement.  SodaStream currently has a factory in Lahavim in the Negev which will be undergoing expansion in the near future.  If SodaStream does decide to fire workers in the Mishor Adumim factory, it will be only be a few hundred and the factory will not close but will continue to hire Palestinians, Arab Israelis, and Jews.  Source: Yisrael HaYom

2. One of the biggest difficulties I have found when trying to diet here is the nutritional labeling, which is most frequently per 100 grams and not per serving size.  While using 100 grams allows us to compare the nutritional quality of different products, if I need to count calories, I have no idea how to take that number and convert it to a cup, slice, or other portion size.  Other people, frustrated by the insufficient nutritional labeling in Israel, created a “100 calorie club.”  On their web site, you can find a multitude of products in Israel that are 100 calories (or really close).  Since calories are not the only measure of a healthy diet, the web site also rates each product based on the amount of salt, sugar and fat it contains.  They also have a Facebook page for the latest info.  It doesn’t cost anything to join the club but by joining the movement you are telling manufacturers that they need to provide consumers with practical nutritional information.  Who knows? Maybe even the Ministry of Health will listen and make it mandatory.


3. Tivall has come out with a great new snack- crunchy corn nuggets in flavors such as barbecue and extra spicy.  They got favorable reviews from Yediot Ahronot and from my kids.  Unfortunately I haven’t found a coupon for it but the price pretty low- 8.90 shekels at most stores.


4.  Have you noticed any unusual looking grapes on the market?  Machon Volcani, Israel’s agricultural research center, has developed three new strains of grapes for our culinary pleasure.  “Mitzpeh”grapes are large, purple and with pits that look like seeds.  “Big Pearl” grapes are named for Dr. Avi Perl who is the primary researcher of these new strains. They are pale green with huge pits which can be cracked open in your mouth and a thin peel.  The third strain, “Ancient Red”, is a clear purple with a very fruity flavor and a very high level of antioxidants.   Source

5.  Two honey-flavored products have come out exclusively for Rosh Hashanah. Tenta, whose factory is in Sderot, has a honey-flavored sucking candy with only 14 calories and no artificial colors and Klik has come out with “honey stings”- chocolate with a touch of honey.  Each package is 5 shekels.

6.    Elite has combined my two favorite products- coffee and chocolate- into one 80 ml container.  Each coffee shot has 75 mg of caffeine which is slightly more than a cup of espresso and comes in milk or dark chocolate.   Source

Support businesses in the South without leaving your house

One of the best ways to support Israel is to buy Israeli products.  Between the military campaign and the subsequent drop in tourism, the factories and businesses in the South need your support now more then ever.  You can donate money to people who will go shopping in the South, but did you know there are products in your local supermarket that are manufactured in the South?  The “Made in Israel” campaign has compiled a list of manufacturers that are located in the South, 13 of which are food-related.  Here is the list in English:

(1) Natureza (נטורזה)- sells health food such as acai berries.  For more information call 08-9982428, go to their Facebook page or  web site.

(2) Yekev Kfir (Kfir Winery)- On their web site you can order wine to be delivered to your house.  For more information call 08-8570354 or email them at


(3) Dorot- one of my favorite companies!  They make cubes of garlic, parsley, ginger, chili and more that are chopped and frozen for easy use.  This product is even exported so you can tell your friends in Canada, Hungary, France, South Africa, Spain, the US and the UK to buy it as well.  An international store locator is on their web site.  For more information call 08-6808095 or email

(4) Top-Gam candy- better known as the Tent’a brand (תנת’ה).Not only is the Sderot-based factory staying open, but it is donating packages of candy to the soldiers as well.  You can find Tent’a products in Shufersal and Mega in addition to the US and the EU.  For more information, go to their web site (English), call 08-6616111 or email


(5) Tufinit chocolate- Lots of delicious chocolates such as those given out at smachot.  Their chocolate can also be found at Aroma and Cafe Cafe.  For more information, go to their web site or call 08-9340805.

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(6) Hoshen- boutique honey, olives and olive oil.  For more information, call 1-800-744-657, go to their web site or email

(7) Tibulim- similar to Dorot, they make frozen chopped herbs and spices.  For more information call 08-9930885 or email

(8) Chavat HaBuffalo- dairy products made from buffalo milk can be found in stores such as Shufersal, Eden Teva Market, Co-op , and Aroma cafe shops.  For more information, go to their web site, Facebook page,  call 08-8574508 or email

(9) HaBesor olive oil- award winning and superior in quality.  You can even see the laboratory analysis of their oil’s fatty acid content on their web site.  For more information call 054-6644717 or 052-4874025 or email

(10) The Pita Boutique (בוטיק הפיתה)- All sorts of breads, calzones, and pizza.  You can order online for pickup if you are in the Ashdod area.  They also deliver to the soldiers.  For more information go to their Facebook page or call 08-8562414.

(11) Tivit (טבעית)- “Nature’s Healthy Snacks”- They make healthy granola bars  for what seems to be only private label so I am not sure if you will be able to find it in the stores.  You can contact them by calling 054-3320410 or sending an email to  For more information check out their web site.


(12) Stybel flour (שטיבל)- Although they are national, they have flour mills in Ashdod and Beersheva.  You can order flour online or by telephone to be sent to your house.  If you live in California, you can purchase online from this store.  For more information, go to their web site, call 04-9020114 or email

There are many more factories that are located in the South such as Osem (one factory in Sderot) and Yad Mordechai (Kibbutz Yad Mordechai), but I think the focus was on smaller businesses who are more directly affected by the military campaign.

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