Category: Food Service

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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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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