Category: G-20 News

Brazil – More Halal beef for Arab countries

| 28/12/2009 | Reply
Brazil – More Halal beef for Arab countries

More Halal beef for Arab countries – Egypt, Libya and Algeria should
collaborate with the recovery of Brazilian bovine meat exports next
year, says Roberto Giannetti da Fonseca, president of the Beef Industry
and Exporters Association.

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RP to host Schwarzenegger-led US delegation

| 25/12/2009 | Reply
RP to host Schwarzenegger-led US delegation

THE
Philippines is scheduled to host a US business delegation to be led by
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in February as part of the
government’s marketing efforts to expand the market of Philippine
exporters and industries.

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Liquorice brand bagged

| 23/12/2009 | Reply
Liquorice brand bagged

This UK confectionery company has gone the extra distance to make sure their products are both vegetarian and Halal compliant for certification to capture the largest consumer group possible for their Pontefract Cakes. Once you start designing packaging that the consumers will read these issues will pop up. Decisions will need to be made about who your consumer is and what their requirements are, and Halal might well be one of them.

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Natural and Organic Food Consumers staying loyal to the category despite recession

| 22/12/2009 | Reply
Natural and Organic Food Consumers staying loyal to the category despite recession

A recent survey from market research firm Mintel shows that nearly
40% of consumers claim they haven’t changed organic product purchasing
habits because of the recession and only a mere 3% have stopped buying
organic products altogether.

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Local Food Campaign back small UK enterprises

| 22/12/2009 | Reply
Local Food Campaign back small UK enterprises

Here is the UK’s answer to the 100 mile diet that they do in Canada to support local producers. Pleased to see that the big superstores are also participating.

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Charles City corporation receives $56,800 grant

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
Charles City corporation receives $56,800 grant

The Iowa Department of Economic Development board
on Thursday awarded a $250,000 loan to help open a poultry plant in
Charles City. The company, Custom Poulty Processing, will focus on specialty market segments including fresh
organic, halal and poultry free of antibiotics.

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Halal Restaurants in the centre of Moscow

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
Halal Restaurants in the centre of Moscow

Now the heart of Moscow, at the prestigious Strastnoy Boulevard,
has two restaurants with fully halal food and the complete absence of
alcohol.

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The Middle Eastern Patient

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
The Middle Eastern Patient

The Middle East has unique dual position in the Medical Tourism
Industry. On one hand, the region’s well-developed hospitals are
preparing to capture the international market for elective procedures
while on the other, international healthcare organizations are tapping
into GCC’s affluent society in search of highly sophisticated and
advanced healthcare services unavailable within the GCC.

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It’s a steal: sales stack up at Asda

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
It’s a steal: sales stack up at Asda

A day in the life at an Asda store where 75% of
the 70,000 customers who visit every week are from ethnic minorities.

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UK Supermarkets seize chance for land grab

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
UK Supermarkets seize chance for land grab

Britain’s supermarkets
are using the property crash to seize sites for new stores in a land
grab that could redefine the retail sector for years to come. The
move will consolidate the supermarkets’ stranglehold over the retail
sector and alarm MPs, small businesses and green groups. Tesco and Asda,
the biggest retailers, are committed to opening 2.5m sq ft of new space
this year, while Sainsbury’s wants to add 2.5m sq ft – 15% of its
floorspace – by March 2011. Morrisons is on track to open 1m sq ft by January 2011.

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The European Halal Market Outlook

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
The European Halal Market Outlook

The demand for Halal products and services in Europe is steadily increasing, and this is driving some changes in the industry that are likely to have ripples beyond the shores of the EU. Halal is now being seen as a potential engine of growth in economies all over the world, and it may well be that the next wave of initiatives in the market will not be coming from the more traditional markets of S E Asia of the Middle East, but from the West.

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Rumors and opinion campaigns (Islamic propaganda) force big brands to certify that their products are compatible with Islam

| 17/12/2009 | Reply
Rumors and opinion campaigns (Islamic propaganda) force big brands to certify that their products are compatible with Islam

It all started about 2 years ago by a rumour: Coca Cola contains alcohol. A silly accusation but immediately spread and accepted by Muslims…..

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Brazil – Halal poultry trade expanding at great speed

| 17/12/2009 | Reply
Brazil – Halal poultry trade expanding at great speed

The Middle East is the main consumer market for chicken produced in the
state of Paraná, according to the Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA). In
2009 alone, up to November, the state shipped 874,200 tonnes to the
region, generating revenues of US$1.34 billion.

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Introducing German food products into local Brunei market

| 17/12/2009 | Reply
Introducing German food products into local Brunei market

Brunei: A
GERMAN shop owned by Imad and Anne Aljandali is the first to introduce
a range of food products from all over Germany into the local market.

The owners, who are both of German origin, stated that the products
are 100 per cent halal and if customers have any queries or doubts
about the products, they would be glad to help and explain the
ingredients or contents.

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Halal standard gets Olympic seal of approval

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
Halal standard gets Olympic seal of approval

THERE has
been a major breakthrough in securing approval of a food accreditation
standard set by the European Halal Development Agency. It comes with the publication of the 2012 Olympic Games food guidelines
that set standards for food including Halal at the games in London in
two-and-a-half years.

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French halal restaurants try gourmet cuisine

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
French halal restaurants try gourmet cuisine

In a stylishly decorated restaurant in the
heart of Paris, tucked between Bastille and Place de la Nation, Sophia
Tabet is perusing a typical French menu, including foie gras, beef
fillet and duck confit. But unlike other French eateries, this one offers no wine list, and
all food is prepared strictly in accordance with the principles of
Islamic sharia law.

How many more of these
restaurants catering to the Muslim gourmet are hidden away in cities
around the world? So refreshing to hear rather than a new Halal
McDonald’s! The Muslim youth of America, and other countries, are no
different to the the French, I am sure they would become patrons of
restaurants of this caliber.

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New industry group formed to focus on Halal Issues within the UK meat Sector

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
New industry group formed to focus on Halal Issues within the UK meat Sector

In the UK the Halal Steering Group, made up of nine members, has been put
together to guide work in the Halal sector and act as a forum for
issues related to Halal meat and will meet for the first time early in
the New Year. The move follows several months of dedicated work by Eblex and industry.

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HIG to host world’s first conference between Islamic finance, halal players

| 15/12/2009 | Reply
HIG to host world’s first conference between Islamic finance, halal players

BRITAIN’S Halal Industries Group plc (HIG) will host the world’s first
Halal Capital Markets Conference in London on 24-28 May 2010. The event aims to bring together players in the halal food production and
Islamic finance.

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Why we must ban export of live sheep

| 15/12/2009 | Reply
Why we must ban export of live sheep

Australians may
think of themselves as animal lovers, yet our laws allow many animals
to suffer a lifetime of cruelty in the name of profit.

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Netherlands: School backs down from halal-only Christmas meal

| 14/12/2009 | Reply
Netherlands: School backs down from halal-only Christmas meal

Nice gesture from a school in the Netherlands to make their annual Christmas dinner Halal for the 10 students in the school who are Muslim. However, I would tend to agree with the parents who opposed the decision on this one. Christmas is in no way a Muslim holiday, so Muslims should be given the option not to attend it or, if they want to attend it, they should do so knowing that they are celebrating with Christians in the way they celebrate their religious holiday. Muslim parents must know these issues will come up when they register their children in a Catholic school in the first place, so should not expect concessions for their children other than permission not to attend. Next stop Easter.

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