Category: UK

Ogilvy & Mather launches the first ‘bespoke Islamic branding practice’

| 20/05/2010 | Reply
Ogilvy & Mather launches the first ‘bespoke Islamic branding practice’

A statement from the agency called this practice “the world’s first bespoke Islamic branding practice, offering expert practical advice on how to build brands that appeal to Muslim consumers, globally”. We have always wondered who would be the first…

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UK: Spice Time moves to larger premises

| 17/05/2010 | Reply
UK: Spice Time moves to larger premises

Birmingham-based ethnic foods manufacturer Spice Time is moving into new purpose-built premises this year as it embarks on an ambitious bid to become the UK’s leading Halal foodservice manufacturer.

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New UK Motorway Prayer Facilities

| 06/05/2010 | Reply
New UK Motorway Prayer Facilities

There are two portacabins, complete with wudhu facilities, available for prayer for Muslim travellers. One on the M6 at Junction 10a, the other on the M1 at Junctions 11 & 12. Another bonus for the Halal traveller!

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KFC Halal issue shows Halal is an identity issue

| 28/04/2010 | Reply
KFC Halal issue shows Halal is an identity issue

By Abdalhamid Evans, Founder, HalalFocus The extent to which the KFC Halal trial has stirred public interest, both online and in the streets shows how much of an issue this is…and how deep it goes. Naturally for the Muslims, eating Halal is an identity issue, especially for those of us who live in a predominantly […]

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UK: Meat Packers United

| 24/04/2010 | Reply
UK: Meat Packers United

Scandalous working conditions in industrial chicken sheds have led to a revolution. The labour movement has come back to life in the UK poultry sector– and forced supermarkets to act.

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UK: 2 Sisters adds Storteboom to form £1bn business

| 23/04/2010 | Reply
UK: 2 Sisters adds Storteboom to form £1bn business

Birmingham-based processing company 2 Sisters is to buy the Dutch-based poultry business Storteboom Group. The acquisition of Storteboom adds six sites to the 2 Sisters Group, turning it into a £1 billion-plus turnover business.

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KFC’s UK ‘Halal Trial’ put on trial…and found guilty

| 18/04/2010 | 2 Replies
KFC’s UK ‘Halal Trial’ put on trial…and found guilty

by Abdalhamid Evans, Founder, HalalFocus In the UK, KFC’s now infamous ‘Halal Trial’ has taken a turn that may well prove to be a pivotal one in the shift of Halal into the mainstream. In any event, it has uncovered a series of misconceptions that can now be seen in a better light. KFC’s 80-plus […]

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BBC Radio Four: ‘The Food Programme’ looks at the Halal market in the UK

| 10/04/2010 | Reply
BBC Radio Four: ‘The Food Programme’ looks at the Halal market in the UK

BBC Radio’s ‘The Food Programme takes a serious look at the expanding Halal meat market in the UK, and goes into many of the key issues, such as stunning, and differences of interpretation, and includes a live visit to UK slaughter house to hear at first-hand what is involved.

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Video: Halal integrity issues in UK

| 10/04/2010 | 1 Reply
Video: Halal integrity issues in UK

Informative interviews with Lord Ahmad and David Taylor (RIP) about the issues surrounding Halal slaughter in the UK, conducted by Halal industry consultant Naved Syed.

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New analysis of UK Halal companies available

| 31/03/2010 | Reply
New analysis of UK Halal companies available

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “2010 Plimsoll Analysis – Halal Food – A comprehensive profile of 69 companies operating in the UK market” report to their offering. This edition of the Plimsoll Analysis is the most comprehensive review yet of the UK Halal Food industry. With the market due for a […]

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A Guide to Halal Food

| 30/03/2010 | Reply
A Guide to Halal Food

This is an interesting clip from HalalFood in the UK. They surveyed a sample of 1,000 Muslims in the UK to see their understanding of the definitions of Halal food, as well as consulting some ‘Ulema for their comments and opinions. Informative and nicely presented.

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Waiter, there’s a pig in my chicken!

| 14/03/2010 | Reply
Waiter, there’s a pig in my chicken!

A well presented and rather disturbing bit of investigative journalism about the added ingredients that may be in our chicken products. It is another example of where the interests of the Muslim community and the general public coincide for the common good.

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UK Halal meat ‘Farm to Fork’ video

| 09/03/2010 | Reply
UK Halal meat ‘Farm to Fork’ video

Commissioned by EBLEX, and produced by West Park Media, this project saw West Park Media film across the U.K. and in Spain; on farms, abattoirs and mosques, dealing with the subject of stunning animals in the Muslim religion. The finished film was given out to mosques across the country by EBLEX and in the process, changed English law regarding the stunning of animals.

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KFC increases their “Halal Trial” in UK to 74 outlets

| 09/03/2010 | Reply
KFC increases their “Halal Trial” in UK to 74 outlets

In response to consumer demand, and no doubt with an eye on the bottom line, KFC have increased the number of outlets around the UK offering a Halal menu to seventy-three locations. This is an interesting move, and one that will probably provoke a mixed response – not least because of the Halal Food Authority ruling that allows ‘stun-to-stun’ prior to slaughter, a view that not all consumers are happy with. The fact that KFC have made their position and their definitions of Halal very clear on their website is a commendable move that others would do well to emulate.

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UK Muslim scholars reject mechanical slaughtering

| 18/02/2010 | Reply
UK Muslim scholars reject mechanical slaughtering

Muslim scholars have rejected calls for mechanical slaughtering in the UK halal meat industry, a survey commissioned by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) has revealed. UK scholars were asked a series of questions regarding the acceptance of mechanical slaughtering where, according to the HMC, 95% of the Ulama (Muslim legal scholars) did not accept “mechanical […]

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UK – Halal meat getting recognition at long last

| 28/01/2010 | Reply
UK – Halal meat getting recognition at long last

A research project has been commissioned by the newly-formed Halal
Steering Group, established by EBLEX with key industry figures to guide
work in the Halal sector and act as a forum for issues related to Halal
meat. It will cover the Muslim population growth in England, as
well as demand for Halal products, the supply chain and changing
consumption trends, and build on previous work done to form a complete
view of the Halal sector.

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We are competing with the superstores

| 26/01/2010 | Reply
We are competing with the superstores

A local Halal grocery store in the UK is upping its standards on hygiene, and separating the butcher side of the business from the grocery section for less risk of contamination. They still have to compete with the superstores, but this investment in making their Halal store a hygenic and well organised environment is important for the reputation of Halal in the UK. Young Muslims are looking for these clean modern Halal stores to shop in nowadays.

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Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

KUALA LUMPUR: Five small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers from Malaysia are preparing to ship their halal
food products worth RM600,000 to Britain to be sold at 180 Tesco stores
there as part of the efforts by Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd to bring
Malaysian products to the global arena.

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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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