Data from the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry Shows that Exports of Matzos from Israel in 2015 Stood at $12 Million, Wine $36.5 Million. Aside from major Jewish Communities Abroad, Israeli Matzos also Exported to Hong Kong, Latvia, Nigeria, Mexico and More.
Ahead of the Passover Holiday, the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry examined the scope of matzo exports from Israel. The data shows that the U.S. leads, importing $7 million worth of matzos, while European countries import $5 million worth of matzos. Most exports to Europe go to the U.K. — $1.7 million, followed by Italy ($1 million), France ($700,000) and Belgium, which imports matzos worth $600,000.
The data also shows that Argentina imported matzos from Israel at $130,000, Holland bought $103,000 of the holiday staple, Brazil bought $88,000, Romania $25,000, Azerbaijan $19,000 and even Nigeria ($4,500) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($1,600) imported matzos. The main types of matzo exported from Israel are special "shmura" matzos, diet matzos, whole wheat matzos, organic matzos, rye matzos and – of course — chocolate covered matzos.
Israeli wines also have many devotees around the world – the country’s wine exports in 2015 reached $36.5 million. Two-thirds of the wine was exported to the U.S. and Canada and a quarter was sent to European countries, led by France, which imported $3 million worth of Israeli wines, with Britain, $1.7 million. Israeli wines were also exported to Germany, Belgium, Italy and other countries.
Over the past three years, the Invest in Israel Division at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry supported Israeli wineries with grants worth NIS 4 million. This support was intended to expand sales to markets abroad and to increase the number of people employed in the industry. According to the Industrial Department at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, 160 wineries are active in Israel, and are working at full capacity ahead of the Passover Holiday.