Midwest's Largest Kosher Food Distributor Stops Deliveries

Updated: 12/06/2012 8:44 PM KSTP.com By: Katherine Johnson

Cecil's Deli is the largest Jewish deli in the state. For 40 years, the shelves have been stocked with kosher items delivered by Twin City Poultry.  But two months ago, those shipments suddenly stopped.

"I've called a couple of times and they've said yes, we'll deliver," said Cecil's owner David Leventhal.  "Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.  My last order, I ordered 61 items. I got 18."

At Twin City Poultry in New Hope the doors were locked and the lights were off. There was a notice on the door from Xcel Energy, however, warning the company they owe more than $5,000 in energy payments.
The State Department of Revenue filed a lien against the business because it owes the state more that $60,000.

"They were the biggest kosher food distributor in the upper midwest," said Leventhal.  "They had customers in Chicago, they had customers in Texas , Colorado, Missouri..."

"One customer came and he was looking around and he said, 'Where's all the food?!'" said Cooper's Supervalu owner Sara Cooper.

Cooper is only now restocking the empty shelves at her store after months without shipments but it comes at a cost.

"Right now we have three different trucking companies bringing us things from different parts of the country," she said.

At Cecil's, David Leventhal thinks his loyal customers will understand the situation.  As a loyal customer of Twin City Poultry, Leventhal would like some answers.

"No one knows what's going on and they're not saying anything," said Leventhal.

Twin City Poultry spoke to a trade newspaper in October about it's financial trouble.  The owners said the company had a plan in place to rebuild and restructure.  We've been unable to find them for comment.

We also spoke with a local Jewish school that keeps kosher. The Rabbi there said without the local supplier, he estimates food costs will go up about 20%.