Category: Food Service

USA: Dubai’s AWGAL in talks to purchase Texas cattle farms

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
USA: Dubai’s AWGAL in talks to purchase Texas cattle farms

“The appeal is simply the fact that people prefer American beef; it’s the best. We want Halal-certified American-approved beef,” Zubair A Razzaq, CEO and President, said, declining to give a figure for investment.

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Malaysia: Megacoral targets 15% halal market share

| 14/11/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Megacoral targets 15% halal market share

Megacoral, which specialises in supplying halal Chinese cuisine to hotels under Happy Food brand, is planning to enter the retail market and is investing in a RM1 million new kitchen and headquarter in Kuala Lumpur to carve out 15% of the retail segment in this niche by 2013.

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UAE: Top food retailers, restaurateurs and thought leaders head to SIAL Middle East

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
UAE: Top food retailers, restaurateurs and thought leaders head to SIAL Middle East

SIAL Middle East returns to the UAE from 26-28 November 2012 with a three-day conference programme that focuses on a trio of complementary themes covering food, beverage and hospitality industry developments across the region.

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India: Airline caterers respond to Halal Tourism Requirement

| 10/11/2012 | Reply
India: Airline caterers respond to Halal Tourism Requirement

Halal India, one of the leading Halal certification bodies in the world, has recently certified two major airline caterers in India: TajSATS and SkyGourmet. They sought Halal Certification from Halal India to give more value and credibility to their facilities.

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A Day in the Life of a Mobile Food Mogul

| 13/10/2012 | Reply
A Day in the Life of a Mobile Food Mogul

In his book, The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business, author David Weber offers step-by-step advice on developing, starting and operating a successful food truck business.

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UAE: Franchising expertise and networking at international forum in Dubai

| 29/09/2012 | Reply
UAE: Franchising expertise and networking at international forum in Dubai

More than 50 franchise brands from the Food & Hospitality, Retail, Services and B2B sectors will be presented. Business meetings with the franchisors will be scheduled in advance. Midamar is proud to co-sponsor this event.

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UK: Halal chicken sold at KFC ‘may not be ‘real halal’

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
UK:  Halal chicken sold at KFC ‘may not be ‘real halal’

KFC sales of halal chicken, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, may not meet the requirements of Islamic law, according to a leading group of Muslim scholars in the UK.

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UAE: Hotel Show Saudi Arabia set to revolutionize booming hospitality industry

| 18/09/2012 | Reply
UAE: Hotel Show Saudi Arabia set to revolutionize booming hospitality industry

More than 100 companies from 24 countries representing various supply chains of the hospitality sector across the Middle East and beyond will be participating at the inaugural Hotel Show Saudi Arabia.

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Spending by Muslim Tourists is Growing Faster than the Global Rate

| 30/07/2012 | Reply
Spending by Muslim Tourists is Growing Faster than the Global Rate

A new ground-breaking study, ‘Global Muslim Lifestyle Travel Market: Landscape & Consumer Needs,’ shows that Muslim tourists globally represent a major niche market worth $126.1 billion in 2011 growing at a 4.8% through 2020.

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USA: IFANCA 2012 White Paper: Halal Boosts US Economy & Exports

| 20/07/2012 | Reply
USA: IFANCA 2012 White Paper:  Halal Boosts US Economy & Exports

Cumulatively, halal consumers at home and abroad have contributed to the employment of millions of Americans in the beef, poultry, lamb, dairy ingredients, nutritional foods and nutritional supplement industries.

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UAE: Etihad eyes organic airline food, buys 200 hens

| 21/06/2012 | Reply
UAE: Etihad eyes organic airline food, buys 200 hens

Etihad Airways has announced that it has purchased 200 hens which are being raised free-range at Abu Dhabi Organics Farms, in line with its commitment to offer customers the finest and freshest products.

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London 2012: why feeding 24,000 athletes and team officials is an Olympian feat

| 25/05/2012 | 1 Reply
London 2012: why feeding 24,000 athletes and team officials is an Olympian feat

Providing familiar food, meeting halal standards and not poisoning the competitors are among the challenges for the caterers. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast.

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Jeddah to host major food, hotel, hospitality and packaging show

| 17/05/2012 | Reply
Jeddah to host major food, hotel, hospitality and packaging show

The show has established Jeddah as the hub of the food, hotel and hospitality sector, and the Kingdom as a national showcase and forum where worldwide suppliers present their products and services,

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USA: Prison issues addressed at interfaith meeting in Dearborn Heights

| 20/04/2012 | Reply
USA: Prison issues addressed at interfaith meeting in Dearborn Heights

Some concerns addressed at the meeting included Halal food, which is not provided in the prisons. Also a second article on Halal food in the Ohio prisons.

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UK: London 2012: How do the Olympics handle religion?

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
UK: London 2012: How do the Olympics handle religion?

On more day-to-day issues, the faith services team will be overseeing break-a-fast packs for Muslims observing Ramadan during the Games, while dining facilities at the athletes’ village will be open for 24 hours so competitors will be able to eat before dawn.

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UK: Lord Noon’s Bombay Halwa launches Royal Halal in UK

| 22/03/2012 | Reply
UK: Lord Noon’s Bombay Halwa launches Royal Halal in UK

Lord Gulam Noon, who produces 1.5 million curries a week for various food brands, launched ‘Royal Halal’ meals under his own family-owned brand at the company headquarters, Bombay Halwa in Southall, Middlesex.

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USA: Food trucks on the National Mall being pushed

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
USA: Food trucks on the National Mall being pushed

Harriet Tregoning, D.C.’s Director of Planning, wants the National Park Service to make changes to its regulations to allow food trucks to park and serve customers near the Mall. “Every day of the week, there’s a different selection of food trucks,” said D.C. resident Tore Dyvik. “Monday through Friday you can choose Korean, you can choose Halal.”

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USA: McDonald’s to open 100 new outlets in Middle East

| 22/02/2012 | Reply
USA: McDonald’s to open 100 new outlets in Middle East

At the largest food trade fair in the Middle East, Gulfood, it was revealed that McDonald’s is expected to open 100 new outlets this year with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Currently, the Golden Arches has 833 restaurants in 17 markets in the Middle East and Africa – a growth rate of between 10 to 15 per cent every year.

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Saudi fast food market to hit $4.5bn by 2015

| 20/02/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi fast food market to hit $4.5bn by 2015

Saudi Arabia’s fast food market is expected reach a value of $4.5bn in the next three years, driven by high demand among young, affluent citizens, according to a report by Euromonitor. “Fast food outlets have become important social spaces for a growing cohort of Saudi young people,” said Michael Schaefer, head of consumer foodservice research at Euromonitor.

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Organic food off the menu for UAE hotels

| 09/02/2012 | Reply
Organic food off the menu for UAE hotels

Organic food, which is produced naturally and under eco-friendly conditions, is too expensive for the majority of restaurant-goers, most of whom prefer lower-cost, conventional products, hotel staff said.

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