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Jul 11, 2011 04:58 PM

Veggie Patch

So, I remember a time when Veggie Patch used to be Kosher and in the refrigerated section (actually, they still are refrigerated at Shoprite). Anyway, fast forward to today and I see a ton of Veggie Patch in the freezer section in Pathmark near the morningstar farms stuff. Nothing unremarkable, but I decided to check and see if they were Kosher again yet (they started doing mini corndogs and fake schnitzel). Anyway, this stuff is imported by Tribe and MADE IN ISRAEL. Of course, not eveyrhting made and produced in Israel is gunna be kosher, but I'd bet my bottom dollar that this stuff is Tivall or Zoglos.. It is so super frustrating that it is not Kosher. I think we should write to Tribe and get them to certify it. I, for one, would love to try mini corndogs and have a locally available pareve fake chicken schnitzel!

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    I just asked them why not.

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    1. re: Kosher Carnivore

      Look who owns the company:

      Meet the Founder

      Veggie Patch was founded by Eli Soglowek, 37, a native of Israel who fulfilled his life-long dream of attending college in the U.S. While a student at New York University in Manhattan, he became intrigued by the differences in the U.S. and Mediterranean diets, especially by America's lack of readily available, easy-to-prepare, fresh vegetarian fare. Eli says: “In Israel, meatless meals are a part of the mainstream and consumers have more opportunities to buy vegetarian products and eat a more varied diet. In fact, nearly 60% of Israeli households have a soy-based meat alternative in their refrigerator or freezer at any given time. Israelis eat vegetarian meals without being full-time vegetarians."

      So, as an Economics major with a minor in Accounting, Eli picked an appropriate subject for a term project in a marketing class. His assignment was to reposition an American consumer goods product and develop a marketing and business plan for it. Eli chose to reposition an existing frozen meatless soy product into a refrigerated product and received an A in the class. After graduation, he put his ideas into action.

      Eli is not a newcomer to food manufacturing. He comes from a family who has been in the food manufacturing business for three generations. Soglowek-Nahariya Ltd. is a leading supplier of chicken and turkey products, as well as vegetarian alternatives, in Israel. Until Eli was ten years old his family lived in an apartment over the Soglowek factory. It was only when the family’s apartment was needed for offices that they moved to a house. In 1998 Soglowek-Nahariya Ltd. celebrated 60 years of production and is now one of the largest food processors in Israel, employing over 1,200 people. Proud of his family’s legacy, Eli is committed to continuing the longstanding tradition of offering innovative, quality foods. FoodTech International is Eli’s sole responsibility, but his teeth are cut into the original family business.

      1. re: latke

        Ha! I knew it had to be one of the two! This is really annoying.

        1. re: noya

          No response other than the autoreply that says a representative will contact me in the next 2 business days.

          1. re: noya

            Two working days have gone by and no response received as promised by Veggie Patch. Tsk, such poor customer service.

            1. re: Kosher Carnivore

              I also emailed them, and have yet to receive a response

            2. re: noya

              I finally got a response saying the products are not kosher. No answer as to whether they're looking into kashering, so I assume they are not. Too bad!

              1. re: noya

                I finally got an email from VeggiePatch saying they are not kosher, but are looking into it.

                1. re: Kosher Carnivore

                  Maybe some emails from those of us who would buy their stuff might convince, or at least sway, them.

                  1. re: Kosher Carnivore

                    i got this email:
                    Dear Marissa,
                    Thank you for your inquiry. Veggie Patch, as of right now, is not certified Kosher. We are looking to change that in the future. Thank you again,

            3. I had contacted Veggie Patch when they dropped the certification. I received a reply from a marketing manager that they had either a new plant or equipment and could no longer afford whatever koshering process was required by the mashgiach. I was surprised at that reply as I was aware of the CEO's background and an original commitment to kosher products.

              In regard to the Israeli products, at one time a while back Veggie Patch did a demo of these in the Lawrence Costco. The cartons on display did carry Israeli certification. This demo was at the time of a Costco Kosher Fest, but possibly not part of it.

              I miss the Veggie Patch portobello burgers and am not aware of anything as good.

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              1. re: susiejane

                A good variety of vegetarian meat substitutes is distributed by Food For Life (the company that distributes Ezekiel bread). They have "chicken" patties and nuggets and "beef" hamburgers. Their products are pareve (Kaf K supervision), vegan, and contain less fat than a typical vegetarian meat substitute IMO. I have bought these products at Wild by Nature and Whole Foods.


                1. re: moonlightgraham

                  True they are around, and true they have a lot less fat, but IMVHO these are the worst veggie products I have ever tried! (maybe cause they are baked, not fried?!)

                  1. re: marissaj

                    Another company that has kosher vegetarian meat products is ND Labs. These products come with dry ingredients that have to be cooked. They are very practical for the 9 Days.

                    1. re: marissaj

                      I like some of the Morningstar Farms stuff, especially their Buffalo "wings," which are fairly spicy, their Recipe Crumbles which I use for a meatless chili, and their Chick'n Strips, which I use in stir fries, when I don't want to do a meat-based one. The Trader Joe's Chickenless Nuggets are also pretty good.

                      Note that a couple of these are dairy, and a couple are parve.

                      1. re: queenscook

                        FYI, the chick'n strips recently lost their hecksher due to being manufactured in a different plant. Sad, but true.

                        1. re: CloggieGirl

                          I thought it was just that the local stores were out of it. That's really disappointing.