Category: HalalFocus Editorials

An Ecosystem of Shared Values

| 22/03/2018 | Reply
An Ecosystem of Shared Values

As the citizens of the world – of every race, colour and creed – recoil from the institutionalised indifference, greed and corruption that threatens us, so we turn and seek ethical, moral and spiritual nourishment from our respective traditions and current thinkers to guide us through these uncertain times

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HalalFocus Supporting Alchemiya

| 15/02/2018 | Reply
HalalFocus Supporting Alchemiya

With the realisation that what we watch – consume – with our eyes and ears and imaginations is just as important as what we put in our mouths, supporting video-on-demand operator is a natural extension of our work on HalalFocus.

More than that, success for Alchemiya also means the spread of the all-important messages of peace, productivity and creativity; messages that are a natural antidote to radicalisation and Islamophobia. Alchemiya brings more peace and well-being to our own lives and the lives of those around us.

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Halal Sector – it is time to step up, no?

| 18/09/2016 | Reply
Halal Sector – it is time to step up, no?

The Halal sector has for too long been obsessed with ensuring technically correct slaughter methods with only minimal regard for the Tayyib components that will ensure real food quality.

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WHS 2015 opens the door on Halal 3.0

| 26/03/2015 | Reply
WHS 2015 opens the door on Halal 3.0

At WHS 2015 will showcase, explore, discuss and probably argue about the opportunities and challenges that the digital world presents to the Halal market players and workers.

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Halal for Everyone? Better think again!

| 25/03/2015 | Reply
Halal for Everyone? Better think again!

New research shows a massive 92% of non-Muslims are negatively affected towards Halal by news stories such as Charlie Hebdo or ISIS. There seems to be a direct link in most people’s minds between these atrocities, and eating or purchasing Halal food.

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WHS 2015 Opens up New Narrative for Halal Market Ecosystem

| 25/03/2015 | Reply
WHS 2015 Opens up New Narrative for Halal Market Ecosystem

The four specialist Forums at the World Halal Summit cover a wide range of topics for Certifiers, Business, Scholars and Academics. The full range of topics, speakers and panellists is available online; the short version is that there are over thirty sessions and over seventy speakers, panellists and moderators over the two and a half days from 1-3 April. They are also all sold-out.

Reviewing the session contents, there are several themes that are going to form an integral part of the on-going narrative of the Halal Ecosystem over the next five to ten years.

One of the key issues is accreditation.

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Commodity Speculation: Banking on the Hungry Poor

| 19/03/2015 | Reply
Commodity Speculation: Banking on the Hungry Poor

If we are to see any meaningful convergence between the Halal food sector and the Islamic Financial sector, there has to be a voice that emerges from this union to put an end to basic food commodity speculation.

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The World Halal Summit – Energising the Halal Ecosystem

| 05/03/2015 | Reply
The World Halal Summit – Energising the Halal Ecosystem

Halal is on the agenda of an increasing number of governments, multinationals, SME’s, entrepreneurs, investors and market analysts. Recent estimates for the value of the Halal food sector alone for 2013 are over $1 trillion.

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HF Editorial: Is Halal certification about to get disrupted?

| 24/11/2014 | 1 Reply
HF Editorial: Is Halal certification about to get disrupted?

Recent initiatives under the umbrella of the OIC, led by their Standards and Metrology arm, SMIIC, may be the trigger that will initiate irreversible changes to the current status quo in the Halal certification world.

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Opinion: The Problem with Halal Certification

| 09/05/2014 | Reply
Opinion: The Problem with Halal Certification

Until a sufficient degree of transparency and oversight is practiced in the Halal sector, there will continue to be fraud, infighting and a lack of both consumer and investor confidence in the Halal market space.

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Islamic finance and food sector need convergence

| 27/10/2013 | Reply
Islamic finance and food sector need convergence

Islamic finance has excess liquidity and limited Sharia-compliant investment opportunities; the expanding Halal food sector is under-supplied and in need of capital. So what is stopping these two from working together for their mutual benefit?

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Under-defined, Under-regulated, Under-served…but not Understood

| 11/10/2013 | Reply
Under-defined, Under-regulated, Under-served…but not Understood

The concept of the Islamic Economy is only now starting to take shape. It is full of big numbers, big opportunities, and big gaps in general perception. Dubai is hoping to change all that.

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On Track to an Islamic Economy

| 25/09/2013 | Reply
On Track to an Islamic Economy

The notion that Islamic Finance and the Halal food sector ‘belong together’ in a holistic rather than a circumstantial way, is starting to gain a bit of traction, not just on the conference circuit, but also around the tables where Big Decisions get made.

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EU: Dutch press EU study on labeling meat produced without stunning

| 24/07/2013 | Reply
EU: Dutch press EU study on labeling meat produced without stunning

The Commission included a study into informing consumers about animal stunning in its list of planned actions 2012-2015 animal welfare strategy.

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Opinion: The Porkgate Opportunity

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: The Porkgate Opportunity

The recent scandal from pork DNA being found in Halal certified food actually highlights an opportunity. With the majority of the Muslim world importing food from non-Muslim countries, there is an opportunity to become a trusted supplier of Halal food.

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Oman: A’Saffa Foods sets up its own specially branded restaurant outlet

| 17/07/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’Saffa Foods sets up its own specially branded restaurant outlet

This year the company has decided to establish its own “A’Saffa Restaurant” on the site of the Khareef Festival ground providing tasty, healthy and 100 per cent pure Halal snacks at great value prices.

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Halal in Europe – the European Complex

| 03/11/2010 | Reply
Halal in Europe – the European Complex

A series of recent events relating to the Halal market in Europe all point to the fact that the Halal sector is really starting to come of age. Along with the opportunities that accompany any coming of age, there are also the inevitable responsibilities to be shouldered and dilemmas to be resolved. The European picture is complex. There are distinct nation states with their own national issues, their own Muslim communities, their own market interests and their own geo-political dynamics.

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Export Strategies for Halal Producers

| 08/05/2010 | Reply
Export Strategies for Halal Producers

The Halal market is on the move. Since the first Malaysian International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) in 2004, and the first World Halal Forum in 2006, you can now attend Halal trade shows and conferences all around the world practically every month of the year. Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Dubai, France, USA, Indonesia, and South Africa, are […]

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KFC Halal issue shows Halal is an identity issue

| 28/04/2010 | Reply
KFC Halal issue shows Halal is an identity issue

By Abdalhamid Evans, Founder, HalalFocus The extent to which the KFC Halal trial has stirred public interest, both online and in the streets shows how much of an issue this is…and how deep it goes. Naturally for the Muslims, eating Halal is an identity issue, especially for those of us who live in a predominantly […]

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KFC’s UK ‘Halal Trial’ put on trial…and found guilty

| 18/04/2010 | 2 Replies
KFC’s UK ‘Halal Trial’ put on trial…and found guilty

by Abdalhamid Evans, Founder, HalalFocus In the UK, KFC’s now infamous ‘Halal Trial’ has taken a turn that may well prove to be a pivotal one in the shift of Halal into the mainstream. In any event, it has uncovered a series of misconceptions that can now be seen in a better light. KFC’s 80-plus […]

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