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In Israeli Food News...

Is the campaign to boycott settlement produce about to take its toll on one of the world’s best-known heimishe food firms? According to a report in Israeli daily Maariv yesterday, Beigel-Beigel plans to move its Israeli production plant from Barkan, an industrial zone next to the West Bank settlement of Ariel, to a location within Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

The news comes as the founding family of Beigel-Beigel, which started producing pretzels in Poland in 1880 and came to the Middle East with a factory in British Mandate Palestine in 1933, is in the middle of a deal to sell its controlling share of the company to minor-shareholder Unilever Israel. According to the press report, the 140-employee Barkan plant will move once the sale is complete; the plan is, at least in part, motivated by political factors.

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