Category: UK

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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Former Halfords in Bradford to become Halal supermarket

| 30/12/2009 | Reply
Former Halfords in Bradford to become Halal supermarket

A former motor store which has become an eyesore since it closed more
than a decade ago is set to be turned into a £3 million Asian
superstore. It is a sign of the times, and another indication of the vibrant role that the Muslim community continue to play in the UK economy. It is also an indication of the strengthening of the Halal consumer market in Europe in general.

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Grey Areas of Halal, Transformation And Assimilation

| 29/12/2009 | Reply
Grey Areas of Halal, Transformation And Assimilation

The Muslim consumer needs to rise to the challenge that they can make the multinational companies look at having their products labeled as Halal. This article goes into the dark tunnel of ingredients in processed food and beverages, which may have no obvious meat source, but which necessitate the need for Halal compliance. This also shows a need for Halal auditors who are capable and qualified to work in these situations beyond the slaughter line.

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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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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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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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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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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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UK flags new rules to strengthen meat traceability

| 10/12/2009 | Reply
UK flags new rules to strengthen meat traceability

New supply chain regulations designed to beef up the ‘farm to fork’
traceability of cattle, sheep and goats sent to slaughter will come
into force in the UK from the beginning of next year.

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Alcohol Free Handwash

| 09/12/2009 | Reply
Alcohol Free Handwash

A British firm said that it had solved a potential hygiene problem
for Muslims by inventing an alcohol-free handwash that has been
certified as “halal”.

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SJK Products Launches Onepure alcohol free, natural sanitising handgel

| 04/12/2009 | Reply
SJK Products Launches Onepure alcohol free, natural sanitising handgel

Based
on a 900-year Old Formula: This combination of natural ingredients was
originally discovered in the 12th century by Genghis Khan’s Mongol
Empire. Its efficacy in killing germs may have been a major
contribution towards bringing about the Mongol Empire’s military
supremacy.

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When Halal Isn’t Enough

| 24/11/2009 | Reply
When Halal Isn’t Enough

Eid al-Adha is almost here and Muslims across the world are preparing
to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son Ismael by
doing what we do best: eating lots and lots of meat. At the heart of this celebration however, especially in the West, is
the controversial issue of what makes our meat halal or permissible.

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Islamic Insurer Closes

| 23/11/2009 | Reply
Islamic Insurer Closes

The first Islamic insurer to be based in the UK has closed its books.

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Somerset Couple Launch First Organic Halal Meat Business for Muslims

| 22/11/2009 | Reply
Somerset Couple Launch First Organic Halal Meat Business for Muslims

After
taking the plunge in their early thirties to split from the capital,
starting an organic halal meat business was the last thing on the minds
of Neil and Nikki. However after witnessing first hand the lack of
standards, ethics and principles in much of the halal meat industry
they decided to address the problem.

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UK Halal meat step closer to assurance scheme

| 18/11/2009 | Reply
UK Halal meat step closer to assurance scheme

UK Halal meat took a step closer to gaining an assurance scheme,
such as the Red Tractor standard, after a meeting between campaigners
and Defra. Minister for Food and Farming Jim Fitzpatrick MP met with the Efra
Select Committee member David Taylor MP and Halal meat campaigner and
Janan Meat MD Naved Syed to discuss gaining ministerial support for a
Halal assurance scheme.

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Asda in Halal Storm

| 08/11/2009 | Reply
Asda in Halal Storm

SUPERMARKET
giant Asda has risked sparking a racial backlash in the place where the
BNP won its first ever council, by closing its traditional fresh meat
counter and replacing it with a halal only section.

The chain has decided to make the move at its large store on the Isle of Dogs, east London.

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Asda launches World Food Store

| 05/11/2009 | Reply
Asda launches World Food Store

Asda has this week launched its first World Food store in Hounslow, West London. Cathryn
Ramsden, emerging markets customer planning manager said: “In the last
year we have seen a 42% year-on-year rise in sales of ethnic products
across our stores, off the back of an 83% increase last year(2008),
showing that there is a real appetite for diverse and specialist foods
from across the world

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Fast Food, Franchising & Me

| 04/11/2009 | Reply
Fast Food, Franchising & Me

Tony
Urwin reflects on the development of the Mahmoods franchise in the UK, which has
built an exciting fast food opportunity on the back of an established
company-owned network.

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