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 October 26, 2003
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Kosher foods giant Bernard Manischewitz dies
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Verona, New Jersey-AP -- The last of the Manischewitz (man-uh-SHEV'-itz) family to run the kosher foods company has died.

Bernard Manischewitz died Saturday at his home in Verona, New Jersey. He was 89 and had been suffering from heart disease.

He took over the company founded by his grandfather in 1888 in Cincinnati. Over the years Manischewitz became synonymous with kosher foods. The company specialized in sweet wine and matzo consumed during holiday meals.

Bernard Manischewitz joined the company in the 1940s and started at the bottom. Eventually he became president and chief operating officer.

The company weathered a scandal during the 1980s, when it was accused of price-fixing and was fined.

Manischewitz was sold to private investors in 1991.

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