Israel’s Coca Cola is Kosher L’Pesach

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As is the norm, Israel’s Bnei Brak Coca Cola plant is up and running in Pesach mode far ahead of the yomtov. Coca Cola in Eretz Yisrael is under the hashgacha of HaGaon HaRav Moshe Yehuda Leib Landau Shlita.

The bottling plant is always kashered far ahead of yomtov to enable shipping the product around the world. While Coca Cola prohibits importing the soft drink from one country to another, special dispensations are made in the case of Pesach to accommodate Coke fans who seek Rav Landau’s mehadrin hashgacha for Pesach.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

12 COMMENTS

  1. I cannot believe that it would be economic to “import” a bottle of coke from EY just because it has hashgacha from some rav who may have a reputation in EY as machmir on what is kosher for pesach. A 2 Liter bottle of coke costs about $.99 in Walmart. You’d be crazy to “import” such a proudct to the U.S. even if you believe this rav walks on water…..there are plenty of kosher for pesach drinks in the stores today.

  2. I don’t think Walmart carries kosher l’Pesach Coke, and their regular price on coke is more than $0.99.

    Plus, some people do care enough about what goes into their mouths to spend a few extra dollars on soft drinks, especially for Pesach.

    The proof is that they do export it, despite some people’s disbelief.

  3. How about a little respect for a true adam godol who does not take one agora of profit for his meticulous work in preventing true bnei Torah from ingesting chometz on Pesach (or treyf year-round)? After all, if Coke can give Rav Landa the respect he deserves by breaking its rules so those who want the top level of Pesach kashrus (and drink Coke during Pesach) can have it, Jews should give this ehrlicher rov beYisroel the same respect.

    If there is a market for this Coke, then those who want it will pay the extra cost. No one is forcing anyone to buy it, and importers will or will not handle it depending on whether it pays for them to handle it. Some people, including most Chassidim, who insist on Rav Landa’s hechsher for many products, don’t drink Coke at all during Pesach, but if there are enough people who do want the product, someone will stock it.

    It certainly is not up to you or anyone else who doesn’t have a kosher food import business to determine whether or not there is a market for it.

  4. The article didn’t say the coca cola was being sent to America. There are other countries in the world with Jewish populations that want Pesach coca cola as well, and don’t have the luxury of local coca cola bottlers doing special Pesach runs.

  5. Gadolhadorah:
    Who ever mentioned anything about importing Coke to the US? Outside of your tiny bubble exists a continent where hundreds of thousands of Jews live, aka Europe.

  6. ‘Gadol’hadorah:
    You may be unaware that “around the world” does not mean only Boro Park and the rest of Brooklyn. There are other countries in the world where you cant just pop into KRM or pomegranate and stock up on kosher lepesach food.

    Mods, this person should not be allowed to post on this site as he continually denigrates gedolim and rabonim and people who respect them.

  7. No one denigrated rav Landau….the point was exactly as stated, that it would seem very unlikely that there would be a significant market for peseachdike coke given the costs of transportation would add substantially to the retail selling prices and most large markets have some alternative drinks with equally good hashgacha (albeit perhaps not at the level of rav landau but that was not the point). I can understand paying a premium for a shmurah matzoh or some high valued product but the economics of coke cola don’t seem to warrant imports other than for some specialized niche markets.