Data released by the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI) show that Israel’s food exports to North America are headed to a record US$340 million, provided the numbers for the first half of 2015 hold up.
According to the Israel Export Institute, Israel's food industries exported US$135 million of processed food and beverages, a growth of 5% from first half in 2014. Exports of fresh fruits and vegetables reached US$33million, a growth of 13.6% from first half in 2014.
The IEICI noted 30% of the total food and beverages exports were to North America. The IEICI also noted that one reason for the extraordinary growth is that many kosher companies are now importing many items under private label. “Israel is producing innovative, different and even healthy products that are kosher and not available elsewhere,” said one importer.