How Kosher Certification Works
Thank you for your interest in kosher certification. 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 kosher certification and the technical requirements that are required for our services.
There are many company specific factors that determine both the technical viability and the cost of obtaining kosher certification. 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 obtaining 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 Contract Manufacturer?
- What are all the ingredients in your products?
These above questions apply to basic food manufacturing situations. An entirely different set of questions are relevant for other types of food related businesses. For example, trade and distribution companies and trucking companies can require Kosher certification and we have different information than the above that we need to ascertain, 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 relating to food manufacturing we can illustrate how the cost of kosher certification is unique to a company’s individual operations. Here are a few examples:
- 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 Contract Manufacturer. A Contract Manufacturer is a location where they produce Kosher and potentially non-Kosher foods on the same equipment or at times in the same facility even if not on same line of production. Since the equipment potentially needs to be kosherized prior to any Kosher 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.