Category: Canada

Canada: The halal affair: Shameless prejudice imported from France

| 21/03/2012 | Reply
Canada: The halal affair: Shameless prejudice imported from France

The Parti Québécois, which in today’s incarnation eagerly seizes any excuse to exploit Quebecers’ cultural insecurities for electoral gain, promptly piled on, denouncing the halal propagation as an unreasonable accommodation incompatible with Quebec values.

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Canadian political parties rail against ritual slaughter

| 17/03/2012 | Reply
Canadian political parties rail against ritual slaughter

The pro-independence party said it was worried that mainstream companies are selling halal meat without labeling to unsuspecting consumers. It wants to know how many companies are involved in producing halal meat and the number of animals that are being slaughtered annually under Islamic ritual.

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Canada: PQ claims halal meat ‘slams against Quebec values’

| 14/03/2012 | Reply
Canada: PQ claims halal meat ‘slams against Quebec values’

The Parti Quebecois is sounding the alarm bell over an Islamic food ritual, calling slaughter for halal meat an affront not only to the rights of animals but to the values cherished by Quebecers.

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USA: Muslim Consumer Group Presentation at Riyadh’s Halal conference

| 27/02/2012 | 2 Replies
USA: Muslim Consumer Group Presentation at Riyadh’s Halal conference

Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed, founder & President of Muslim Consumer Group For Food Products USA/Canada presented a paper on Processing Aid or Hidden Ingredients in Food Products & ingredients and their Halal status from US food industry point of view at First International Conference on Halal Food Control at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Canada: Halal meat carving out niche market in growing Muslim community

| 03/02/2012 | 1 Reply
Canada: Halal meat carving out niche market in growing Muslim community

A different category of meat is gracing restaurant menus and filling grocery store shelves in Nova Scotia. As the Muslim community across the province grows, the number of businesses from butchers to restaurants selling halal meat has grown in lockstep.

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Canada: Indian cuisine leader Tandoor Chef now Halal Certified

| 14/01/2012 | Reply
Canada: Indian cuisine leader Tandoor Chef now Halal Certified

Deep Foods, the leading producer of restaurant quality, all natural frozen Indian cuisine, including the Tandoor Chef brand, announces halal certification for all chicken and lamb dishes through the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

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Canada: Winnipeg beef packing project to press ahead

| 17/12/2011 | Reply
Canada: Winnipeg beef packing project to press ahead

A major element of its business plan is to process kosher and halal beef, which requires having religious personnel on site to ensure cows are slaughtered in a way prescribed by Jewish and Muslim dietary laws.

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Canada: Coffee is the newest battleground for fast food giants

| 12/11/2011 | Reply
Canada: Coffee is the newest battleground for fast food giants

There’s some irony in news that McDonald’s and Tim Hortons are jumping into the high-end coffee business. With a Starbucks practically on every corner, it’s become the McDonald’s of coffee in some people’s minds, a mega corporation whose core product is getting mediocre reviews.

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Canada: Popeyes in fight over Halal chicken

| 03/11/2011 | 2 Replies
Canada: Popeyes in fight over Halal chicken

A group of Muslim restaurant franchisees is fighting fast-food chain Popeyes Louisiana Chicken in court over the right to sell hand-slaughtered Halal meat for religious reasons.

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Is the US ready for ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’?

| 09/10/2011 | Reply
Is the US ready for ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’?

Influential American broadcaster Katie Couric has suggested a way to change attitudes to Muslims in the US. Pointing to the success in the 1980s and 90s of TV sitcom The Cosby Show in improving relations between African-Americans and whites, she argues that a Muslim version of the show may counter some Americans’ negative perceptions of the community.

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Canada: Grand opening for Asian Supercentre planned for late November

| 05/10/2011 | Reply
Canada: Grand opening for Asian Supercentre planned for late November

Asian Supercentre will house 18 departments offering the largest fresh and live fish market in Ottawa, fresh produce, fresh Halal meat, on-site baked goods, deli, noodles, sauces, pickles, grains, spices, canned good and fruit. The store is all about multicultural diversity, where variety and choice reigns surpreme.

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USA: Tapping a Growing Halal Market

| 09/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Tapping a Growing Halal Market

Global Islamic finance is now considered to be a nearly $1 trillion industry, while as of last year, the worldwide halal market was worth an estimated $630 billion. The growth of these industries has spurred some investors to develop new financial products that combine bits of both, including halal food indices and equity funds.

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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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Canada: Where’s the beef… from?

| 29/07/2011 | Reply
Canada: Where’s the beef… from?

We love our beef, we humans, so we share our planet with a heck of a lot of cattle. According to Gira, an international market research group, almost a billion beef cattle are being raised for dinner tables worldwide, about 12.3 million of them in Canada, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan. That’s about one head of beef for every three Canadians.

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Pakistan: Engro Foods floating 2.7 million shares

| 23/06/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Engro Foods floating 2.7 million shares

The company is also entering international markets through launch of “Al-Safa”—a halal food business in North America acquired by Engro Corporation at a total cost of $6.3 million.

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Canada: The goat gambol

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
Canada:   The goat gambol

Fuelling the demand is Alberta’s diverse ethnic population. Goat meat is eaten regularly outside of North America and as these communities resettle here in Alberta, so does the demand for goat meat. The most common place to find goat meat today in Alberta is at a Halal meat shop.

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Canada: Global Halal Food Market

| 09/05/2011 | Reply
Canada: Global Halal Food Market

Global Halal Food Market May 2011 The Government of Canada has prepared this report based on primary and secondary sources of information. Readers should take note that the Government of Canada does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information contained in this report, nor does it necessarily endorse the organizations listed herein. Readers […]

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Canada: Supermarket speaks language of Halal

| 08/05/2011 | Reply
Canada: Supermarket speaks language of Halal

Sunny Foodmart is owned by three Chinese Canadians who have stocked food from a multitude of cultures and reached out to Muslim customers with a certified halal meat counter.

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Canada: Kraft calls on star chefs to capture immigrant market

| 13/04/2011 | Reply
Canada: Kraft calls on star chefs to capture immigrant market

Major North American food companies have been expanding their overseas markets for decades. But targeting ethnic consumers on home turf is still relatively uncharted territory. Industry analysts say that’s changing, as shifting demographics in Canada force mainstream food companies to recognize new growth opportunities among domestic minority groups.

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Canada: Quebec mayor reaches out to French-speaking Muslim immigrants

| 17/03/2011 | Reply
Canada: Quebec mayor reaches out to French-speaking Muslim immigrants

Like small-town mayors everywhere, Stéphane Gendron is trying to entice newcomers to settle in his community. But he may be the only one whose enticement offers include a promise to build a mosque and halal slaughterhouse. The mayor says immigrants from the Maghreb, with their French skills and high levels of education, could fill badly-needed manpower needs.

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