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History

From Liberty, NY to Mifflintown, PA

Juniata River and Bell’s Island, Mifflintown, PA c. 1960

Juniata River and Bell’s Island, Mifflintown, PA c. 1960

It all started back 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. Katz sought to change that reality and started his own company on a shoestring budget in a garage in the small town of Liberty, NY and named it after the Empire state. Katz 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.

In the early 1960s, Empire Kosher relocated to Mifflintown, PA when Katz purchased a small processing plant there. Today, still headquartered in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania, Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc. is the largest kosher poultry producer in the United States.

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. Empire chicken and turkey are not only for those who keep kosher for religious reasons; Empire Kosher is the best option for any consumer who wishes to eat healthy and safely, buy responsibly, promote worker and animal rights, protect the environment, and support local farmers and their communities.