Category: Food Service

UAE-NZ ties growing

| 31/01/2012 | Reply
UAE-NZ ties growing

Trade figures show New Zealand exports to the GCC have grown from $695 million in 2009 to $1.2 billion in 2011 that shows a 71 per cent increase over the two-year period. Dubai’s attraction to more tourists will increase demand for food and beverage products and it will provide opportunities to New Zealand companies to boost exports.

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UAE: Marketing Survey Suggests that UAE Residents Eat Out 11 Times a Week

| 27/01/2012 | Reply
UAE: Marketing Survey Suggests that UAE Residents Eat Out 11 Times a Week

This latest report was commissioned by LivingSocial as part of its ongoing efforts to discover and share information about local social trends. The survey itself was based on the dining habits provided by 1,131 residents.

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Dubai: Corruption rife in Dubai hotel F&B supply chain

| 10/01/2012 | Reply
Dubai: Corruption rife in Dubai hotel F&B supply chain

Bribery in the sale of poor-quality food and beverage products to hotels in Dubai is common, industry sources have told Hotelier Middle East. They reported that the head chef and the butcher at the Burj Al Arab were being tried in court for taking kickbacks of nearly AED 900,000 in return for buying poor-quality food at inflated prices from four suppliers.

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Are airline meals labeled Muslim Meals really Halal?

| 21/11/2011 | 2 Replies
Are airline meals labeled Muslim Meals really Halal?

The MOML – “Muslim Meal” is just a meal “without pork and without Alcohol “(In the jargon Airline Caterer term it is called a “Non-Pork”-Meal). Everything else does not meet the Islamic dietary laws. It is also not the laid down claim that the meat would be Halal slaughtered or the ingredients are Halal-compliant.

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Appeal to change airline catering label from “MOML” (Muslim Meal) to “HLML” (Halal Meal)

| 31/10/2011 | 1 Reply
Appeal to change airline catering label from “MOML” (Muslim Meal) to “HLML” (Halal Meal)

Mohamed Jinna, CEO of Halal India is trying to assist with raising awareness amongst Halal certifiers internationally to address the issue of the labelling of Halal meals on airlines worldwide.

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UK: New Range of Halal Stocks available for caterers

| 18/10/2011 | Reply
UK: New Range of Halal Stocks available for caterers

Essential Cuisine has launched a chef-inspired range of halal-approved stocks to give caterers complete peace of mind when creating dishes in today’s ethnically-diverse society. The specialist has developed chicken, vegetable, beef and lamb flavoured stocks that meet Halal Food Agency guidelines and give Muslims more choice in what they can eat out. Nigel Crane, Dorchester-trained chef and […]

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Malaysian company wants to expand Halal food services to Russia

| 03/10/2011 | 1 Reply
Malaysian company wants to expand Halal food services to Russia

LSG Skychef-Brahim’s Sdn Bhd, the world’s biggest Halal flight kitchen caterer, is embarking on expanding its services to new markets such as China, Eastern Europe as well as scouting for opportunities in the former Soviet states and the Middle East.

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First international Halal fast food chain opens in Maldives

| 24/09/2011 | 1 Reply
First international Halal fast food chain opens in Maldives

President Mohamed Nasheed attended the official opening of Marrybrown, a Halal Malaysian fast food chain and the first international fast food chain to come to the Maldives. The Marrybrown franchise currently operates in 15 countries worldwide.

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Canada: Ottawa mulling course for all food workers

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Canada: Ottawa mulling course for all food workers

Ottawa Public Health is debating whether to force all food handlers in the city to take a mandatory food safety course. The city now offers a one-day voluntary food safety certification course and demand is high for that course.

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Thailand:THAI operates certified Halal Food kitchen

| 05/08/2011 | Reply
Thailand:THAI operates certified Halal Food kitchen

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has received authorization from the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand for the use of the Halal Logo and HAL-Q symbol.

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UAE: Is Ramadan a month of fasting, or feasting?

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Is Ramadan a month of fasting, or feasting?

Although there are no figures available for Dubai, the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi released figures in August 2010 showing that approximately 500 tonnes of food gets thrown away in the capital during Ramadan. An unholy amount of food gets wasted during Ramadan as hotels outdo each other in putting up huge iftar spreads comprising 40-50 dishes that leave patrons biting off more than they can chew.

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Malaysia: Jakim must carry out thorough tests before rejecting applications

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Jakim must carry out thorough tests before rejecting applications

Halal food producers here have complained of high-handed tactics by the Islamic Development Malaysia Department (Jakim) in the issuance of halal certificates. Jakim had refused to issue them halal certificates after traces of pigs and dogs were detected in their products.

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Opinion: How Gate Gourmet is trying to raise its game in airline meals

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: How Gate Gourmet is trying to raise its game in airline meals

With many taking their summer holidays now, and flights full to places all around the world, here is an article on that famous airline meal that we all dread but still look forward to when we are the trapped recipients of it.

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The Growth of the Halal Market in USA

| 13/06/2011 | 1 Reply
The Growth of the Halal Market in USA

With a population of eight to 10 million Muslims in the United States, plus more than one billion overseas, the Islamic market represents a vast, potentially lucrative market for any company involved in the food industry. The challenge, however, is in providing food that both tastes good and is appropriate for the target population.

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USA: IFANCA presents world’s first Halal Foodservice Kit

| 23/05/2011 | Reply
USA: IFANCA presents world’s first Halal Foodservice Kit

The Halal Foodservice Kit is designed to assist foodservice professionals better serve consumers following halal dietary guidelines – whether hospital patients or college students. American-Muslims, 8 to 9 million, make up the majority of American halal consumers.

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Italy: First ‘Halal’ firm to supply restaurants and canteens

| 21/05/2011 | Reply
Italy: First ‘Halal’ firm to supply restaurants and canteens

Italy’s first-ever ‘Halal’ supplier has opened for business in Italy’s northern city of Bologna, selling meals prepared according to Islamic principles to restaurants and canteens in Italy and abroad.

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UK: Halal Kitchen at Mill Wharf, Birmingham

| 18/05/2011 | Reply
UK: Halal Kitchen at Mill Wharf, Birmingham

Enta, based in Mill Wharf, provides halal food to businesses, social events and nurseries in the city. The Mill Wharf site, which offers catering and deliveries, was built by the social enterprise’s own construction trainees and tutors.

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Australia: Premier rules out funding for halal businesses

| 18/05/2011 | Reply
Australia: Premier rules out funding for halal businesses

PREMIER Ted Baillieu has quashed a Muslim organisation’s call for taxpayers to pay for the expansion of Islamic schools and halal food outlets into mainstream suburbs.

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USA: Food Service offering Halal options at Catersource trade show

| 22/02/2011 | Reply
USA: Food Service offering Halal options at Catersource trade show

Minnesota based Food Service Express (FSE), will offer one of the first ever initiatives to introduce attendees to halal catering. An expert on halal for food service, Food Service Express has been committed to demystifying halal and connecting the dots between suppliers and consumers.

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Appeal to change labelling airline meals to Halal Meal instead of Muslim Meal

| 12/02/2011 | Reply
Appeal to change labelling airline meals to Halal Meal instead of Muslim Meal

The following letter has been sent to Senior management in International Air Transport Association IATA, by the CEO of Halal India, in order to request a change in the labeling of meals served to Muslim travellers to ‘Halal Meal’. In some instances the label ‘Muslim Meal’ has not guaranteed an actual Halal certified meal being served on the aircraft when requested. They may just have ensured there were no pork dishes.

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