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Top Ten Jewish Brands Owning Today's Global Marketplace
Just a bit of fun, and in no way a comprehensive list, but here's a list of a few chosen companies run by Members of the Tribe, and yes there quite a few food and beverage brands on the list... what can I say, we Jews like our food !
1. Manischewitz Kosher Wines
Where would Friday night be in American Jewish households without a Kiddush cup full of sweet cough syrupy Manischewitz wine. And according to the Wall Street Journal, it's developing a bit of a cult following among non-Jews!
This Israeli company has taken the world by storm with its easy, cost-effective way to make soda at home. SodaStream drinks are a healthier alternative to commercial sodas, and making your own flavors is pretty simple.
3. Hebrew National Kosher Hotdogs
Ironically, the most famous Kosher food brand of them all isn't considered Kosher by most observant Jews !
Originally given the catchy name "Free map Israel," WAZE has become the most popular GPS app in the world. The company is based out of offices in Ra'anana, Israel and was acquired by Google in June 2013 for $1.1 billion.
The film production company that brought us "Meet the Fokkers," "Saving Private Ryan," "Shrek," "Anchorman" and most recently "The BFG" was founded and owned by three proud members of the Tribe - Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen.
The taste of peanut, the texture of chalk. American Jews may not be familiar with Israel's favorite snack, but in it's home country, Israel, Bamba has a 25% market share. There is serious research showing that Bamba consumption by toddlers and young children is why rates of peanut allergies in Israel is the lowest in the world!
7. SanDisk - a.k.a. the flash drive
We all have at least one of these tiny portable storage devices with absurd amounts of memory, invented by Dov Moran through the use of flash memory and USB interface for connection to personal computers.
8. Dunkin' Donuts
This is here due to the writer's personal donut bias, but I think we can safely claim Dunkin' Donuts is Jewish. It was founded in 1950 by William Rosenberg and was run by the Rosenberg family for the next 40 years.
The worldwide pioneer and leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation, starting from the idea of Israeli engineer Simcha Blass for releasing water in controlled, slow drips to provide precise crop irrigation. The kibbutz-owned company operates in 112 countries with 13 factories throughout the world and claims to have fed a billion people with 50% less water - are you watching California?
We featured Netafim in our award winning documentary Israel Inside.
10. Teva Pharmaceuticals
If you pop a pill there's a good chance Teva made it. Teva is one of the world's largest major pharmaceutical companies, employing nearly 40,000 people worldwide. Teva was started in the 1930's in what was then British mandate Palestine.