Kraft String Cheese is OUD
- tamarw Jun 13, 2014 02:32 PM
So I'm reading here - http://kosheronabudget.com/kraft-stri...
It's not really a premium. They do not benefit from economies of scale the way the big players do. I had a friend who was a mashgiach for Miller's years ago and they did a 2-day run in a dairy on an irregular schedule. So the dairy would be operating 5-6 days a week for the bigger companies and then shut down and kasher the equipment and then run kosher batches for 2 days (in a month or every other month, it varied). He monitored the kashering, the rennet pour and the transfer of the curds to barrels for shipment to Miller's packagers. When you're dealing in relatively small quantities then it's hard to compete effectively on price.
I don't want to come across as an apologist for Kosher cheesemakers, but you gotta give them some credit for addressing the needs of the market. I don't doubt that they would prefer to sell more broadly and at cheaper prices, but unlike kosher meat, where it carries a cachet that may persuade non-kosher buyers to pay a premium, nobody's paying extra for string cheese or American cheese unless it's an issue of dietary observance. So nobody's getting super-wealthy on kosher cheese alone.
And in other news, certain types of Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese are losing their hechshers altogether.
Please be advised that Kraft Foods will be coming out with a new product:
PHILADELPHIA BACON CREAM CHEESE SPREAD
(Kraft Foods – Northfield, IL
)This product is not kosher certified.
It contains actual bacon and does NOT carry a kosher symbol on the package.
This will unfortunately also affect other Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread products. The following products will no longer be kosher certified:
•Philadelphia Original Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia Strawberry Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia Caramel White Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia 2x Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
•Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread
Please use extra care when purchasing Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads and verify that each package bears the OK-D symbol.
I just spotted the Kraft mozzarella-cheddar twists with an OU-D at super Walmart last night. Those were on the Polly-O list, but I never actually saw any with an OU, just KD. So that was a nice surprise.
I'd assumed that the KD versions would phase out when new packaging came in, but that doesn't seem to be the case. It's been quite a while now for Polly-O, and I still see a lot that isn't OU. Hopefully with the Kraft versions switching over as well, that situation will improve.
They were the regular kind, not 2%, at a Super Walmart in Maryland.
I guess it makes sense that the OU is not supervising all runs, but I've seen some of the flavors of Polly-O with and without the OU at different times. I was really happy to hear that the Kraft line was also going kosher.
I really appreciate the fact that some mainstream cheeses are now in theory available all over the country. It may not be gourmet, but it's a great thing to be able to pick up when not anywhere near a kosher store.
PHILADELPHIA CREAM CHEESE SPREADS
RETAIN OK KOSHER CERTIFCATION
(Kraft Foods – Northfield, IL)
After communicating that certain varieties of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads would no longer be kosher certified upon the launch of the new bacon flavor, Philadelphia heard from some fans who expressed disappointment. As the brand is always listening to its fans, Philadelphia is happy to share that, in working hand in hand with the OK, it has been able to make adjustments to ensure the below list of current kosher varieties of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads will remain kosher certified without compromising on any of OK Kosher’s high kosher standards.
Philadelphia Original Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia Strawberry Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia Caramel White Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia 2x Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread
.Update on philly cream cheese
As previously communicated, the new bacon variety contains actual bacon and will not carry a kosher symbol on the package.