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VERONA, N.J. - Bernard Manischewitz, who represented the last generation of his family to run renowned kosher foods company B. Manischewitz, died Saturday at his home. He was 89.
He had been suffering from heart disease.
B. Manischewitz, known for its sweet wine and matzo, was founded 1888 in Cincinnati by Bernard Manischewitz's grandfather, Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz.
Bernard Manischewitz joined the company in the 1940s, after graduating from New York University. After working his way up, he became president and chief operating officer at age 29. During his career, he expanded the company's line of foods beyond basic kosher products and weathered a scandal during the 1980s, when the company was accused of price-fixing and was fined.
Manischewitz sold the company to private investors in 1991.