Category: Opinion

USA: Why is 41% of the country’s packaged food kosher?

| 09/06/2015 | Reply
USA: Why is 41% of the country’s packaged food kosher?

Considering how few people keep kosher in the US—Jews make up less than 2% of the population, and only a portion of them follow Jewish dietary laws.

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China practices double standard with Muslims

| 08/06/2015 | Reply
China practices double standard with Muslims

Chinese authorities ordered Muslim shopkeepers and restaurant owners in a village in Xinjiang to sell alcohol and cigarettes.

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Ethical Eating: The Plants (and Animals) Are Watching Us

| 04/06/2015 | Reply
Ethical Eating: The Plants (and Animals) Are Watching Us

There’s also a whole other realm to consider: the plant kingdom. Are plants just so dim-witted that vegetarians are off the ethical hook?

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Opinion: Who says fasting’s bad for business?

| 01/06/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Who says fasting’s bad for business?

Food business in the UAE is expected to see good times ahead, with local retailers anticipating a ten to 15 percent rise in sales during the period of Ramadan and all the way through Eid.

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Opinion: Can Manufacturers Appeal to all Consumers?

| 30/05/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Can Manufacturers Appeal to all Consumers?

Manufacturers must appeal to Muslims without alienating non-Muslim consumers if they want to maximise sales , say experts.

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UK: Companies must stop self certifying products Halal

| 22/05/2015 | 3 Replies
UK: Companies must stop self certifying products Halal

This is one of the key issues that Muslims face in the UK, when companies do self certification thinking they have the right to actively mislead Muslim consumers.

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Opinion: Islamic lifestyle – The story has just begun

| 19/05/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic lifestyle – The story has just begun

Shariah products and services are an integral part of global economy and are poised to grow with the rise in population.

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Opinion: The Next 1.7 Billion Consumers; Selling To The Muslim World

| 18/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: The Next 1.7 Billion Consumers; Selling To The Muslim World

You have a strategy for China, India, and perhaps even Africa. But what’s next ? What’s the next big consumer play?

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Opinion: Halal – know your market!

| 17/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Halal – know your market!

Why the issue of harmonising halal standards is complex and how the industry can learn from the New Zealand system.

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Australia: Federal government plan to regulate halal certification

| 13/04/2015 | Reply
Australia: Federal government plan to regulate halal certification

Food manufacturers selling on the domestic market would have the choice of obtaining halal certification from a religious body or being able to make a similar claim themselves.

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Opinion: The Halal food challenge in the Middle East

| 10/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: The Halal food challenge in the Middle East

A challenge for the industry is to not make halal certification overly complicated. For instance, ensuring the whole logistics chain is halal.

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Opinion: Austria’s Islamic Reforms

| 09/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Austria’s Islamic Reforms

The reforms follow years of lobbying by Muslim leaders, who argued that their people have effectively remained second-class citizens.

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Opinion: Is halal only a religious product?

| 06/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Is halal only a religious product?

Today, in the bigger picture: Muslims do not control or own of the halal food supply chain, hence, integrity issues have been slowly cropping at all the streams.

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Rise of the digital Islamic economy

| 01/04/2015 | Reply
Rise of the digital Islamic economy

The digital Islamic economy is set double to USD 30 billion by 2018 on the back on rising consumer spending on sharia-compliant services in the Middle East.

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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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Opinion: ‘Islamic Economy is a baseless theory’

| 25/03/2015 | Reply
Opinion: ‘Islamic Economy is a baseless theory’

When Prince Muhammad Al-Faisal, the pioneer of Islamic Banking, was interviewed about Islamic Economy he explained: “What we have today is a baseless theory.”

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Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food

| 19/03/2015 | Reply
Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food

‘Bet the Farm’ is an accessible, sharp critique of how our food system has become increasingly captured by the big banks and giant food and agribusiness companies.

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UK: Rising Islamophobia ‘threat to UK tourism, investment’

| 13/03/2015 | Reply
UK: Rising Islamophobia ‘threat to UK tourism, investment’

An anti-Islamic mood has been spreading across Europe, with Muslim communities particularly wary following the attack in January on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

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Saudi Arabia: Food is being thrown away

| 09/03/2015 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Food is being thrown away

It is estimated that between a third and half of the food produced in GCC countries goes to waste. Despite that, GCC countries are investing in farmlands abroad.

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