Category: Farm-to-Fork News

Growing Halal food market demands greater focus on ingredients

| 21/05/2008 | Reply
Growing Halal food market demands greater focus on ingredients

The
Middle East’s first trade exhibition dedicated to raw materials and
ingredients has generated a strong response from the region’s
fast-evolving manufacturing and processing industry, with particular
interest from groups specialising in Halal food.

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Global food labelling standards

| 20/05/2008 | Reply
Global food labelling standards

THE annual meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL)
was held in Ottawa during the first week of May. Hosted by the
government of Canada, the 36th meeting of CCFL was attended by close to
300 delegates representing 72 member countries, one Member
Organization, European Community and 27 international organisations.

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UAE to Collect Halal Fees on Foreign Plants

| 15/05/2008 | Reply
UAE to Collect Halal Fees on Foreign Plants

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UAE officials indicate that they will approach approved foreign Halal certifiers directly in an
effort to identify slaughter houses that produce meat for export to the UAE for the purpose of
collecting annual Halal fees.

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Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

| 14/05/2008 | Reply
Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

Ingredients Middle East, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre
(DWTC), will take place from 15-17 June 2008 at the Dubai International
Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) and has already attracted some
of the world’s leading ingredient producers.

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Local company signs deal to export halal meat to Malaysia

| 12/05/2008 | Reply
Local company signs deal to export halal meat to Malaysia

Premium Halal Abattoir, a Banglasdesh company, has signed a deal to export
halal meat to Malaysia as local processors are eying to grab a portion
of US$ 50 billion global halal meat market.

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Turkey Impressed With Malaysia’s Promotion Of Halal Standards

| 09/05/2008 | Reply
Turkey Impressed With Malaysia’s Promotion Of Halal Standards

Turkey has complimented the efforts
taken by the Malaysian government to promote halal standards, its
Deputy Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Omer Faruk Dogan said Friday on his visit to the Malaysia International Halal Showcase in Kuala Lumpur.

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Halal variety of luxury Kobe beef takes the spotlight

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Halal variety of luxury Kobe beef takes the spotlight

Le Meridien in Kuala Lumpur is serving a Halal variety of Kobe beef from Australia that is making news at their restaurant. Usually raised on massage, beer and sake, Kobe beef is famed for its marbelled texture and unusual tenderness. Now, Halal diners can taste some for themselves – minus the alcohol.

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Malaysia To Help OIC Formulate Halal Standards

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Malaysia To Help OIC Formulate Halal Standards

Malaysia will help the members of
the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) develop OIC-based halal
standards, a move which will likely pave the way for the evolution of
global halal standards.

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Global Expansion Hope For Malaysia’s Halal Certification Standard

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Global Expansion Hope For Malaysia’s Halal Certification Standard

The halal certification standard used
by Malaysia will hopefully be expanded to other countries including
member nations of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC),
Minister of International Trade and Industry Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
said Monday.

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A T Kearney issue report on Addressing the Muslim Market

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
A T Kearney issue report on Addressing the Muslim Market

“Since Muslims are the fastest growing consumer segment in the world, any company that is not considering how to serve them is missing a significant opportunity to affect both its top-and bottom-line growth. Deciding to serve the Muslim consumer will depend on the ease with which the company can address this market and the opportunity versus the cost of doing so. Although there are political and social pitfalls to consider, the opportunities are so vast and far-reaching that they greatly outweigh the risks. With many of the world’s consumer segments reaching a saturation point, the Muslim consumer is fast becoming a new outlet to build a base for future growth.”


While this quote from A T Kearney’s report, “Addressing the Muslim Market” is not necessarily anything new to many of the Halal sector players, the fact that this report has appeared in the mainstream is itself a clear confirmation of what many of us have been saying for years.

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Thai Airways International Halal Kitchen now Fully Certified

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Thai Airways International Halal Kitchen now Fully Certified

Responding to growing demand from thousands of Muslim travellers every
day, Thai Airways International has signed an MoU with the Islamic
Committee of Samut Prakarn Province to receive permission for usage of
the Halal Logo by the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand.

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Halal fast food franchise hits UK streets

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Halal fast food franchise hits UK streets

One of the UK’s first Halal fast food franchises has launched after working with a leading franchise expert. Mahmoods, a Halal burger bar and takeaway has just launched its
franchise offer after working with Franchise Development Services
Northern (FDS Northern).

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Minnesota hummus maker expanding business overseas

| 01/05/2008 | Reply
Minnesota hummus maker expanding business overseas

The success story of Majdi Wadi and his Holy Land food brand in Minnesota is an indication not only of the increasing cultural integration in the USA, but also the expansion of the Halal-related food markets there. Minnesota can also claim Keith Ellison, the first Muslim congressman in US history, so clearly some things in the USA are moving in the right direction. With a 9 million Muslim population with substantial disposable income, the US is a lucrative niche Halal market that is overlooked by the majority of manufacturers.

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Fat replacers to spiral in US dairy and meat sectors

| 29/04/2008 | Reply
Fat replacers to spiral in US dairy and meat sectors

Demand
in the US for fat replacers is set to increase as health trends continue, with
particular growth experienced in the meat and dairy sector, according
to a new report. Cargill have reported the development of a Halal fat replacer made from restructured vegetable fat, and there is a clear opportunity for other Halal ingredient manufacturers to take advantage of this growing trend.

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Islamic Chamber of Commerce’s general assembly held

| 28/04/2008 | Reply
Islamic Chamber of Commerce’s general assembly held

Saleh Kamel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Islamic Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the pivotal role the chamber
plays in the service of the Islamic countries’ economies, manifested in
enhancing trade exchange among member countries of the Organization of
the Islamic Conference (OIC). Reviewing the chamber’s accomplishments, Kamel said the chamber serves as a business and
economic hub for Islamic countries and a representative for the private
sector in these countries.

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Nahavandian hails ICC’s General Assembly

| 28/04/2008 | Reply
Nahavandian hails ICC’s General Assembly

Head
of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines on Sunday hailed
the success the Islamic Chamber of Commerce (ICC) General Assembly held
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The assembly
was held to review the international project on Halal brand aiming at
standardization of Halal products.

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Halal-certified businesses on a roll

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Halal-certified businesses on a roll


Over the past eight years, the number of halal-certified businesses in
Singapore has grown nearly four-fold from 530 to over 2,000, and an
increasing number of eateries are catering to more adventurous palates. Observers
said there is still plenty of room for the industry to grow as the
spending power of the Muslim community is going up. That is why more
businesses are keen to tap the global halal food market that is
estimated to be worth over $760 billion.

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Increased corn imports to boost Halal market

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Increased corn imports to boost Halal market

Mindanao
Business Council chair Vicente Lao said in an interview that one major
factor affecting the bid of the Philippines to be the prime exporter of
chicken with the Halal certification is the high price of corn in the
country today.


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Jakim Will Continue To Train Halal Industry Researchers, Says Abdullah

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Jakim Will Continue To Train Halal Industry Researchers, Says Abdullah

The Malaysian Islamic Development
Department (Jakim) will continue to train officers handling research on
the halal industry, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said they must know what are the matters that need to be
understood in determing whether a product is halal (permitted by Islam).

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Inn keeping with changing needs

| 10/04/2008 | Reply
Inn keeping with changing needs

A SWIFT drink down the local has taken on a new twist – at what is thought to be the country’s first Islamic ‘pub’. Reminiscent
of the 19th century temperance bars, the Halal Inn, on Featherstall
Road, Oldham is a public house which has most of the trappings of a
traditional British hostelry, but is missing what many would think is
the key ingredient – alcohol!
Owner Azizur Rahman and
business partner Muzahid Khan spotted a gap in the market and came up
with the idea to provide an alternative social gathering place for
local Muslims.

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