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2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

Empire Kosher Poultry

Est. 1938

Empire Kosher is the largest producer of kosher poultry in the U.S. The company began in 1938 when Joseph N. Katz, an Austrian immigrant, recognized that the Jewish population in America’s suburbs and rural areas couldn’t find kosher foods. He sought to change reality and started his own company on a shoestring budget in a garage in the small town of Liberty, N.Y. and named his new company after the Empire State. He recruited some of the most diligent rabbis from Israel and Europe and invested a lot of time learning to clean and dress chickens under the rabbis’ watchful eyes.

Empire Kosher relocated to Mifflintown in the early 1960’s when Katz purchased a small processing plant. All of Empire Kosher’s products are “natural, free-roaming, antibiotic-free and 100 percent vegetarian-fed poultry with no growth hormones added.” Products provided by the company include chicken, turkey and deli meats. Practicing sustainable farming, promoting social justice, and strictly observing the Jewish dietary laws, Empire Kosher dependably produces the best tasting and highest quality all-natural poultry products.

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