|Limited liability company|
|Predecessor||Sabra-Blue & White Foods|
|Headquarters||White Plains, New York|
|Products||Dips and spreads|
|Revenue||US$90 million (2007)|
|$65 million (2007)|
Number of employees
Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is a U.S.-based company which produces Middle Eastern-style food products, including hummus, eggplant dip, baba ghanoush, and Mediterranean salsa. All Sabra products are certified kosher and vegetarian, and are available throughout the U.S. and Canada. As of 2008, the company held a 34.7% market share for Mediterranean salads, dips and spreads.
The company was founded in 1986 as Sabra-Blue & White Foods. The company was bought in 2005 by Israeli food manufacturer Strauss. In March 2008, Strauss entered a joint-venture partnership with Frito-Lay, a division of the multinational PepsiCo corporation. Strauss owns 50% and PepsiCo 50% of the company. In November 2008, the company announced the construction of a new US$61 million plant in Chesterfield County, Virginia, expected to employ 260 people and come on line in mid-2010. The company grew over 50% between August 2008 and August 2009.
During the run-up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Sabra commissioned sculptor Kirk Rademaker to create busts of candidates John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton out of 100 pounds of hummus.
Sabra launched its first U.S. national advertising campaign in March 2009, with the StrawberryFrog ad agency. In May 2009, the company began a series of promotional events in which it recreated "Mediterranean villages" in 11 major U.S. cities.
In November 2009, Gadi Lesin, President and CEO of the Strauss group, announced that the market share of the Sabra Dipping Company had reached 40% in the United States, making it the largest hummus manufacturer in the world.
Activists who oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestine have called for boycotts of the company's products, alleging the company financially supports the Israeli Defense Forces and their human rights violations against Palestinians. Activists have called for a boycott of the company's products as part of the ongoing global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in supporting of ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine. As of 2014, students from numerous universities in the United States and Canada, such as American University, DePaul University, Princeton University, and the University of Ottawa, have pushed for boycotts of Sabra products.
Sabra's parent company, the Strauss Group, has donated money to brigades of the Israeli military, however it is unclear whether it continues to provide financial support. In 2010 the Strauss group changed a statement that endorsed the IDF from their English website. During December 2010, Princeton University students voted down a referendum to request "an alternative brand of hummus in addition to Sabra" at campus dining facilities. Students at DePaul University also mounted an unsuccessful challenge against the sale of Sabra hummus.
On 8 April 2015, Sabra recalled 30,000 cases of its classic hummus after a tub in Michigan tested positive for Listeria. Inspectors with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) learned of the possible contamination by L. monocytogenes after routine inspections on March 30th at a Kroger in Port Huron, according to MDARD spokeswoman Jennifer Holton.
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