SaltWorks has achieved Kosher certification for its entire line of smoked sea salts. The company’s traditional artisanal sea salts have been certified Kosher since 2007, but smoked salts required a more exhaustive process to achieve this distinction. SaltWorks chose the Orthodox Union (OU) to oversee the certification; OU is known throughout the world as the most respected Kosher certification agency.
Kosher certification guarantees a certain level of process and quality control in the handling and production of food. Rooted in Jewish tradition, the term Kosher has been adapted within the food and restaurant industry to comprise a set of standards and practices that ensure only the highest quality products make it to the customer’s table or pantry. Indeed, the Kosher label is recognized around the world as an almost unmatched indicator of food quality and safety.
“We are really excited and proud of our smoked salt Kosher certification,” remarked Mark Zoske, CEO of SaltWorks. “This is a great development not only for our retail smoked salt products, but also for ingredients for the food industry. Our customers have been requesting Kosher certification for our smoked salt for years, and now we can deliver.”
Zoske continued: “Our fantastic line of smoked sea salts can now be used in even more applications, expanding our reach. Customers have rewarded us for our hard work with their loyalty and positive endorsement, so we’re happy to listen to them and respond in kind. Likewise, our leadership position has enabled us to continue offering low prices to all of our buyers.”
As an innovator in the gourmet salt industry, SaltWorks has developed a proprietary smoking process that has been unchanged since the first batch was created nearly 10 years ago. The company never uses liquid smoke or additives. Privileging quality over quantity, SaltWorks uses only real wood smoke from bark-free logs, smoking the salt for anywhere from 24 hours to seven days, and producing one handcrafted batch at a time of its gourmet smoked sea salt.
SaltWorks produces the following brands of smoked sea salts:
- Salish® – Alderwood Smoked
- Bonfire® – Extra Bold 7 Wood Blend
- Yakima® – Applewood Smoked
- Durango® – Hickory Smoked
- Fumee® – Oak Smoked
- El Dorado® – Mesquite Smoked
- Wildfire® – Pecan Wood Smoked and Herb Blend
- Hellfire® – Mesquite Smoked and Habanero Blend
SaltWorks expects to produce upwards of one million pounds of smoked salt in 2013, with steady growth thereafter. The company also supplies gourmet salts to its rapidly expanding private label program.