Choose New Jersey, New Jersey’s leading economic development organization announced, in partnership with the New Jersey-Israel Commission, a collaboration between Tnuva, one of the world’s largest food manufacturers and a global supplier of kosher products, and the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University. The food innovation collaboration underscores the success of Choose New Jersey’s economic mission trip to Israel in February 2020 nearly one year later.

“When Choose New Jersey embarked on an economic mission trip to Israel nearly one year ago, our goal was to strengthen economic and cultural ties with one of our long-time allies,” said Jose Lozano, President & CEO, Choose New Jersey. “We are excited to continue to see results from our trip to Israel with the announcement of a collaboration between Tnuva and the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University. This partnership is just another example of how New Jersey is the best place to do business and showcases how we are seeing global interest in our state’s thriving innovation ecosystem.”

Tnuva already has a New Jersey footprint with their U.S. headquarters located in Lincoln Park. In February 2020, Choose New Jersey visited the Tnuva headquarters in Israel during a four-day economic mission trip to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The Choose New Jersey delegation met with key industry leaders and community stakeholders to promote New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem, demonstrating how New Jersey is a great place for the international community to do business.

“Tnuva is known as a pioneer in research and development and world leader in kosher food manufacturing,” said Yoram Behiri, President and CEO, Tnuva USA. “We are excited for this innovative partnership between the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University and Tnuva, and we look forward to seeing the results this collaboration will produce.”

The Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University is a unique food business incubator and accelerator that supports established entrepreneurs and food companies recognize their goals from concept to commercialization. As part of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the Food Innovation Center combines its experience and advanced technology to provide businesses with the tools that they need to help run successful businesses as well as promote growth.

“The Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University is dedicated to helping give entrepreneurs and existing food companies the tools and resources they need to succeed,” said Nolan Lewis, Acting Director, the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University. “Tnuva already enjoys a New Jersey presence, and we look forward to helping them continue to grow and thrive through this food innovation collaboration.”

Home to the fourth largest Israel-born population and the fourth largest population of Israeli ancestry in the United States, New Jersey has longstanding ties to Israel. The State of New Jersey demonstrated its commitment to Israel with the formation of the New Jersey-Israel Commission in 1989. The Commission works to promote cultural and educational exchanges and to encourage capital investment and joint business ventures. Choose New Jersey worked in close partnership with the New Jersey-Israel Commission to plan the mission to Israel.

“In a year filled with such uncertainty, it is encouraging to see that our February 2020 economic mission trip continues to produce real results for the State of New Jersey,” said Mark Levenson, Chairman, New Jersey—Israel Commission and Choose New Jersey Partner. “As we look toward rebuilding and recovering in the months ahead, I look forward to seeing how this collaboration will benefit the New Jersey economy moving forward.”

“I am so proud that one of Israel’s most iconic and historic brands, Tnuva, continues to proudly call New Jersey their home in the United States,” said Andrew Gross, Executive Director, New Jersey – Israel Commission, New Jersey Department of State. “This strategic decision to locate to the Garden State many years ago is paying off again today and reminds us that New Jersey’s relationship with Israel is driving opportunity and innovation on both sides of the Atlantic. I welcome this important partnership.”