The Jewish Star
By Malka Eisenberg
Issue of July 10, 2009 / 18 Tammuz 5769
Costco in Lawrence now stocks kosher meat from Empire. (Photo by Malka Eisenberg)
You won’t find the cheapest kosher meat in the Five Towns at a kosher supermarket. It’s actually at Costco on Rockaway Turnpike, believe it or not, vacuum-packed by a new sister brand of Empire Kosher Poultry, and jointly supervised by the OU and Star-K.
“Costco has taken a variety of cuts as tests into their Brooklyn and Five Towns stores to see how well they do,” said Elie Rosenfeld, a spokesman for EKB Kosher Beef, LLC of Mifflintown, PA.
First-cut brisket, rib steaks, ground beef and chuck roast are available in “vacuum-packed packaging, so the quality is just as fresh as if they went into the butcher and the butcher cut it that day,” Rosenfeld claimed.
Shoppers at the Lawrence Costco offered exclamations like, “Wow!” and “It’s amazing!” earlier this week as they clustered around refrigerator cases marked “Kosher” that were filled with factory-packed kosher meat and fresh poultry. The chicken is standard Empire fare, under the supervision of the Orthodox Union and KAJ.
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