How Kosher Certification Works
Thank you for your interest in Earth Kosher. We offer affordable kosher certification services to small mom-and-pop’s and start-up’s all the way to large international companies. We’re often asked about the cost of certification and the technical requirements that are required for our services. There are many specifics to your company that influence cost: operations,ingredients, products, and logistics all relate.With Earth Kosher though, one phone call and 15 minutes could save you a lot lot more than 15% on an annual basis when compared to other agencies!
In light of this, we encourage you to contact us and allow us to provide you with a free and customized quote for our kosher certification services and help you to determine that your company will firstly, qualify and secondly, what kosher certification will cost.
Kosher Certification Assessment
The most critical information to help us determine the viability of your company’s kosher certification and what it will cost are:
- What is the exact location where your products are manufactured?
- Is this production facility dedicated to your products alone or do you employ a co-packer?
- What are the ingredients in your products?
These questions apply to basic food manufacturing situations. An entirely different set of questions are relevant for other types of food related businesses. For example, distribution companies and trucking companies can impact certification, so we encourage you to contact us so we can get you a rapid quote that is specific to your company.
Using these 3 initial questions for food manufacturing we can illustrate how kosher certification is unique to a company’s individual operations. Here are a few examples of how these questions impact the cost.
- All things being equal, the same product manufactured in Chicago, IL (a major center of American Jewry) will be less costly to provide kosher certification to than a product manufactured somewhere in the Indonesian Archipelago. This is because the travel expenses and hours involved in providing kosher supervision to a factory in Bali will be significantly greater for our agency than that of a Rabbi going from one point in Chicago to a nearby location to conduct an inspection.
- A production facility that is exclusively dedicated to the production of a stable Kosher product line is simpler, and hence, less costly to provide kosher supervision to than a co-packer. A co-packer is a location where they produce Kosher and potentially non-Kosher foods on the same equipment or even in the same facility. Since the equipment potentially needs to be koshered prior to any food production being performed or there are concerns regarding supply chain errors or cross-contamination, using a location that has kosher and non-kosher foods being produced can be a more expensive route and often is not cost effective.
- Ingredients that can be easily obtained in Kosher and non-Kosher varieties (i.e. glycerin, vinegar, cheese, wine, oils, flavors, etc.) are deemed highly sensitive by kosher certification standards. The use of these ingredients will require more intensive and hence costly supervision by our organization, than foods that contain ingredients that are generally assumed to be Kosher or are almost always Kosher in practice.
These are a few examples of some of the complexities that we encounter during the initial analysis. There are, at times, additional variables that will effect the requirements needed to provide kosher certification to a company. This is why EarthKosher offers customized, rapid and free quotes to companies. This way we can provide your company with real time analysis and understanding and begin the process of establishing a solid relationship with your company as an agency you can trust!