Long Branch, NJ— Blackwell’s Organic Gelato is pleased to announce it has gained Star-K Kosher Certification. “I am thrilled that we are able to meet the demands of our customers by offering Kosher certified products,” said Marcia Blackwell, Founder/President of Blackwell’s Organic Gelato. “We began manufacturing our Kosher organic desserts on April 1, which means they should be in consumer’s hands by month end.” To achieve Star-K Certification, Blackwell’s Organic was required to meet very strict requirements. These included providing documentation for kosher certification of all their ingredients, Rabbinic inspection of their manufacturing and processing plant, as well as on-going inspections of documentation, ingredients, and processes.
Being Certified by Star-K is a very prestigious distinction as Star-K is in the forefront of integrating the worlds of Kashrus (referring to Kosher dietary laws) and technology. Their Rabbinic staff is headed by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the integration of the complexities of food technology and Kosher requirements.
The rapidly, rising global demand for products bearing a trusted, recognizable Kosher logo, like Star-K has been similar to the growth in demand for products labeled certified organic. These two intersecting trends have given rise to a growing specialty food category “kosher organic.” Blackwell’s Organic gelatos and sorbettos meet both the strict requirements of Jewish dietary laws and the USDA National Organic Program specifications.
Kosher organic product sales have been growing annually; increasing numbers of kosher consumers are requesting organic foods, and more kosher manufacturers are producing organic foods. There has been a major impact on sales of these doubly certified products, and Mintel research data indicates that, in 2008, both Kosher and Organic were amongst the top ten claims for new products. [Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), Mintel International, 2008.]
About Blackwell’s Organic Gelato
Blackwell’s Organic is NJ’s first and only certified organic, dairy-free gelato and fruit sorbetto manufacturer. The company was started by Marcia and Tom Blackwell in 2005. Blackwell’s Organic is dedicated to using ingredients that come from farmers and suppliers devoted to sustainable agriculture, resource conservation, and Fair Trade. In fact their company has the only frozen dessert line with FairTrade certified ingredients in every flavor.
In the June issue of New Jersey Life Magazine, the editors said “New Jersey-based Blackwell’s Organic creates soy gelato and fruit sorbetto made from the finest organic ingredients that you will not be able to resist. Rather than rely on sugary toppings and wacky combos, quality and depth of flavor reign in Blackwell’s 100% vegan and cholesterol-free treats.”
Blackwell’s Organic can be found at Whole Foods and independent gourmet retailers in 8 states including NY, NJ, PA, CT, KY, MD, OH, VA and Washington DC. To learn more about Blackwell’s Organic, their products and upcoming events please visit: www.blackwellsorganic.com and www.gelatobymail.com .
Blackwell’s Organic Certifications:
USDA Certified Organic
Blackwell’s Organic Awards:
2009 – Company Founder, Marcia Blackwell, named one of NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business
2008 – Reader’s Choice Award: Local Hero-Food Artisan; Edible Jersey Magazine
2008 – sofi Gold award for Outstanding USDA Organic Product by NASFT
2008 – NJ Small Business Development Center Success Award
2006 – NAWBO Central Jersey- Emerging Business Woman of the Year – NAWBO
STAR-K Kosher Certification, a not-for-profit agency, is one of the most trusted kosher certification organizations in the world. With offices throughout the U.S., China, Australia, and Israel, STAR-K certifies food products and establishments, as well as industrial food chemicals, in well over 1,500 locations worldwide. The agency is internationally renowned for its extensive research on the complexities of food science and modern technology, as they apply to the laws of kosher, putting it on the cutting edge of the ever-growing multi-billion dollar kosher food industry. It is one of the foremost experts in the field of kosher pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, and medications. For more information about STAR-K, call (410) 484-4110, or visit www.star-k.org .