Category: G-20 News

Chinese halal market seen as source of rich potential

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
Chinese halal market seen as source of rich potential

Thai exporters are being urged to tap into China’s expanding Muslim food market. “China is one of the world’s most eye-catching halal food markets,
as Muslims there total more than 30 million, or 2.3% of China’s
population,” said Srirat Rastapana, director-general of the Export
Promotion Department.

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Halal certification group under fire

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
Halal certification group under fire

An
Islamic group seeking to offer New Zealand businesses a “globally
recognised” halal certification is being criticised by the NZ
Federation of Islamic Associations, which says the Southeast Asian
organisation does not have the resources to do inspections here.

Reza Khedmati, director of Al-Rasoul Halal Certification, said the
company had been set up to offer New Zealand exporters an
“internationally accepted halal certification” as a result of problems
encountered with Islamic countries.

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CAFTA open doors for more Malaysian products in China

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
CAFTA open doors for more Malaysian products in China

The full implementation of the China-Asean Free Trade Area (CAFTA) from
Jan 1 this year will allow more products from this country to be
marketed in China. Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said there would be zero tariff on 9,000 products.

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AANZFTA a boon for Asean, modest boost for Brunei

| 10/01/2010 | Reply
AANZFTA a boon for Asean, modest boost for Brunei

AUSTRALIA’S trade minister Simon Crean welcomed the commencement of
the country’s largest free trade agreement, the Asean-Australia-New
Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), earlier this week in an
announcement on the ministry’s website. Australia’s
High Commissioner to Brunei, Mark Sawers, is focusing on the broader liberalisation
aspect between the three regions. Sawers told The Brunei Times yesterday that the historic
agreement, which spans 12 economies with over 600 million people and a
combined GDP of A$3.1 trillion, will lead to modest improvements in
some particular sectors between Brunei and Australia.

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France today: a tale of halal foie gras and burkas Burka

| 09/01/2010 | Reply
France today: a tale of halal foie gras and burkas Burka

Sales of halal foie gras have increased ten-fold in the last two
years, delighting supermarket chains across France. “It is one of our
bestsellers, we were selling more than 30 a day” said the manager of a
Parisian branch of Carrefour, while a spokesman for a leading meat
wholesalers announced that demand for halal duck and halal capon has
been “unprecedented” in 2009.

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France: Fast-food chain opens halal branches

| 08/01/2010 | Reply
France: Fast-food chain opens halal branches

The Belgian fast-food chain Quick is experimenting with halal restaurants in France (see also here).
Those branches serve only products which comply with the Islamic food
requirements. Since mid-December, eight France Quicks changed over
completely to halal food: Toulouse, Marseille (2), Roubaix,
Villeurbanne, Argenteuil, Garges-lès-Gonesse and Buchelay.

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Global Standards Needed To Promote Halal Industry, Says US Envoy

| 08/01/2010 | Reply
Global Standards Needed To Promote Halal Industry, Says US Envoy

Malaysia and other Asean members need
to come up with universal standards in their effort to promote the
halal industry, according to US ambassador to Malaysia, James R. Keith.

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Halal-Certified Cosmetics – At A Website Near You

| 08/01/2010 | 1 Reply
Halal-Certified Cosmetics – At A Website Near You

Award-winning company, Sunrider International, manufactures
over 415 products including a line of health and beauty products that
are certified as halal by IFANCA. Twenty-year-old CNI Enterprise, a
multi-level marketing company based in Malaysia, also offers its own
range of halal-certified cosmetics.

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Canada drug firm to build halal facility

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
Canada drug firm to build halal facility

A CANADA-based pharmaceutical company is keen to build a Brunei
facility that will make halal pharmaceutical products for the Muslim
world, the High Commissioner of Canada yesterday said during a new year celebration held at the commissioner’s residence
yesterday, Wendell Sanford said the project could cost US$12 million,
but added the figure is still not confirmed.

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Most local food not officially halal: MUI

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
Most local food not officially halal: MUI

The
Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) says the majority of food products
circulating on the Indonesian market have not passed official halal
certification.

“Of
around 30,000 food products circulating in Indonesia, around 80 percent
do not have an official halal certificate,” MUI Food and Drug Analysis
Agency (LPPOM MUI) director Lukmanul Hakim said as quoted by detik.com
at his office in Jakarta on Wednesday.

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Coming Soon….Halal Business Catering in UK

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
Coming Soon….Halal Business Catering in UK

UK Specialist catering company Halalology are launching their new Halal business catering service, specialising in the Halal business lunch. An interesting approach, as there are many times when the Muslims have to pick around the edges or go vegetarian at business functions. The creative approach taken here offers a menu that anyone – Muslim or not – would be really happy to tuck into at a business function. Check out their rather cool online menu!

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New Halal meat cultures expand Chr. Hansen’s palette of solutions

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
New Halal meat cultures expand Chr. Hansen’s palette of solutions

“After many
customer requests Chr. Hansen has partnered with the Islamic Food
Council of Europe to offer Halal certified meat cultures to the meat
producers who wish to manufacture products according to the Halal
rules,” says John Jensen, Marketing Director, Meat Cultures, Chr.
Hansen.

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Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

| 06/01/2010 | Reply
Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

The question of stunning animals used for halal meat has become
somewhat of buzzword amongst some UK Muslims. This is mainly due to
poor communication from the relevant bodies on the differences in
stunning techniques and what the shariah (and scholars of fiqh) actually say about the matter of stunning. This short article outlines the approach of Abrahams Natural Foods to stunning. 

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Halal makes it into top ten good news stories of 2009

| 04/01/2010 | Reply
Halal makes it into top ten good news stories of 2009

AltMuslim.com‘s Zahed Amanullah recently put up his top ten Good News stories for 2009. Interestingly, he sees 2009 as a ‘tipping point’ for Halal food with heightened exposure and demand, and as he points out, none of this increase is ideological. Its all down to good old market savvy. We also see many good things ahead for Halal in 2010.

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Eurabian Follies

| 04/01/2010 | Reply
Eurabian Follies


By 2050, Europe will be unrecognizable. Instead of romantic cafes,
Paris’s Boulevard Saint-Germain will be lined with halal butcheries and
hookah bars; the street signs in Berlin will be written in Turkish.
School-children from Oslo to Naples will read Quranic verses in class,
and women will be veiled.

At least, that’s what the authors of the strange new genre of
“Eurabia” literature want you to believe. Not all books of this
alarmist Europe-is-dying category, which received its most
intellectually hefty treatment yet with the recent release of
Christopher Caldwell’s Reflections on the Revolution in Europe,
offer such dire and colorful predictions. But they all make the case
that low fertility rates among natives, massive immigration from Muslim
countries, and the fateful encounter between an assertive Islamic
culture and a self-effacing European one will lead to a Europe devoid
of all Western identity.

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KFC’s Halal Trial in the UK

| 03/01/2010 | Reply
KFC’s Halal Trial in the UK

KFC is continuing to roll out Halal-certified outlets in certain areas of the UK as part of what they call “Our Halal Trial”. This is a significant move within the UK restaurant business, and this has prompted us to put up the relevant page from the KFC website. KFC is clearly making an effort to be sensitive to animal welfare issues, as well as to the sensibilities of their halal consumers by clearly stating that they are only using stunned poultry. Because there are Muslims who prefer not to eat meat from stunned animals, KFC are giving them the option to make their own decision as to whether they want to eat there. By locating the Halal outlets carefully, they are also ensuring that both Halal and non-Halal options remain within easy reach of all their customers. A carefully-considered move that we will watch with interest.

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ASEAN-6 zero tariffs take effect immediately

| 03/01/2010 | Reply
ASEAN-6 zero tariffs take effect immediately

Tariffs
on 7,881 goods traded between six ASEAN founding nations were lifted
Friday, signaling better economic prospects for producers and consumers
alike.

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Arabia takes the New Silk Road to China, spurning the West

| 02/01/2010 | Reply
Arabia takes the New Silk Road to China, spurning the West

The link between China and the Middle East is not immediately visible to the distracted Western eye. You have to know both regions intimately, and speak
both Arabic and Mandarin. One of the few to combine these skills is Ben
Simpfendorfer, China economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland and author of The
New Silk Road
.


“These are regions with very rich civilisations that both experienced
colonial occupation, and feel that they have fallen. Both peaked around the
same time in the golden years of the 1500s, and now there is this sense of
shared destiny that China and the Middle East are back and rising again
together,” he said at the annual FIKR Arab Thought summit in Kuwait.

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Introducing Campbells Halal Certified Products in Canada

| 01/01/2010 | Reply
Introducing Campbells Halal Certified Products in Canada

Campbells Canada launches a selection of Halal-certified products.

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Industry Players Competing For Slice Of Europe’s Halal Market

| 31/12/2009 | Reply
Industry Players Competing For Slice Of Europe’s Halal Market

Industry players are now
competing to get a significant share of the halal industry market in
Europe which has a population of 51.2 million Muslims. “Everyone now wants a slice of the halal market,” said Dr Cedomir
Nestorovic, a professor at the ESSEC Business School Paris in France. According to him, halal is now regarded as a “big thing” in Europe and is no longer a taboo subject in the mainstream media.

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