Tuesday, April 01, 2008

This is an outrage!

No, Jimmy, there will not be Tam Tams this year. So the weight loss estimate will be dropped from ten pounds, as was previously estimated by Bear Stearns, to twelve pounds.

What's worse...I had to find out this shocking and outrageous news from a comedian, no less. Not that I mind, I do, but there goes one of my favorite Pesach menu items! Getting rid of the hard as a rock donuts that were kosher for Pesach was the best move ever. But this?!? It's an outrage!

The New York Times reports (and FOX doesn't decide):
Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers — or at least the last 68 of them?

No Tam Tams.

It’s true. Manischewitz, which manufactures the bite-size matzos, says it has temporarily stopped making them at its plant in Newark, leaving many Jews puzzled and disappointed, and officials of the kosher food company scrambling to explain what went wrong.

“What we did was put a brand new oven in our Newark facility,” David Rossi, a spokesman for Manischewitz, said on Thursday. “Much higher speeds, all computer-controlled, a state-of-the-art baking line. That was something we were hoping to have up and running well prior to the Passover baking season. Due to some engineering delays, we missed the window.”

Unfortunately, the plant in Newark is the only one in the world that produces Manischewitz matzos and Tam Tam crackers, Mr. Rossi explained, because the company recently consolidated its operations, which were once in two other New Jersey cities, Jersey City and Vineland.

The news was first reported in The New Jersey Jewish News.
See. There is our problem. It was reported in Jersey's papers. No one reads Jersey's papers. At least I don't. But could one of our friends from Jersey have forwarded it on? Well, it would have been nice.
In December, Mr. Rossi said, company officials were forced to make a difficult decision: temporarily eliminate some of their products or make less of all them. They went with the former, which included halting production of some less popular products like Passover Thin Tea Matzo, Yolk Free Egg Matzo, White Grape Matzo, Concord Grape Matzo and Spelt Matzo.

“Man-Oh-Manischewitz!” sighed Avi Friede, owner of Kosher Nosh Delicatessen in Glen Rock, N.J., invoking a longtime company slogan. “That’s right, I don’t have any Tam Tams on my shelf.”

We mean no offense to the great state of New Jersey.

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