How Certification with Earth Kosher Works
Thank you for your interest in kosher certification. EarthKosher offers certification services for small mom-and-pop’s all the way through to large international companies. The most fundamental and pragmatic principle to understand is the technical requirements and what it will cost. These factors are unique based on your company’s operations and how they fit within standards.
In light of this, we encourage you to contact us and allow us to provide you with a customized quote for our services and what kosher certification will cost. Since every business has unique needs and setups, we pride ourselves in customizing our quotes based on your specific needs. We also pride ourselves on always being available to explain what certification will involve for your specific company.
Kosher Certification Assessment
The most critical information to help us assess the services your company will require for kosher food certification and the cost for your company includes the following questions:
- Where is the exact location that your products (that you desire kosher certification for) are manufactured?
- Is this production facility dedicated to your products alone or do you wish other companies, manufacturing or co-packing, that are also there be able to obtain certification through our agency?
- What are the ingredients in your products?
Using these 3 initial questions 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, a product manufactured in Chicago, IL (a major center of American Jewry) will be less costly to provide certification to than a product manufactured somewhere in the Indonesian Archipelago. This is because the travel expenses and hours involved in providing authentication 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 accreditation to than a co-packer. A co-packer is a location where they produce Kosher and non-Kosher foods on the same equipment. Since the equipment needs to be koshered prior to any food production being performed, using a location that has kosher and non-kosher foods being produced or packaged with the same equipment can be a more expensive route.
- 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 standards. The use of these ingredients will require more intensive 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 our process. There are, at times, additional variables that will effect the requirements needed to provide kosher certification to a company or production facility. This is why EarthKosher offers customized certification to companies. This way we can provide the best value to your operation and maintain a good relationship with you as an agency you can trust!