Category: Asia

Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

About 130 participants consisting industry players, government
agencies as well academicians attended the World Halal Forum Halal Industry dialogue in The Hague where they got an
insight into the prospects of developing the halal industry in the
Netherlands and using it as a springboard to the European countries.



Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC)’s chief
executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin said, Malaysia needs to rebrand its halal concept first before tapping the lucrative European market.
Surprisingly, he noted that most participants were non-Muslims, a
clear indication halal products have certainly garnered attention in
the Dutch market.

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Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

Changing the mindset of the Dutch
about the virtues of halal food, though tough, is still a worthwhile
pursuit as the Netherlands is not only a lucrative market, but a
potential gateway for such products from Malaysia to Europe.

The Hague city Vice Mayor, Henk Kool, said it was possible to
change the perception of the Dutch as “they are open-minded and can be
very enthusiastic about the goodness of halal foods.” Currently, there is a perception among the Dutch that halal food
is only for Muslims. “You have to change that perception,” he said.

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Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

Bilal Gourmet Foods BV, a
Malaysian-Dutch company, is making inroads into the vastly potential
European market for halal products where demand is exceeding supply.

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Jakim’s halal lab to be ready by 2011

| 13/02/2008 | Reply
Jakim’s halal lab to be ready by 2011

The
ever-increasing demand for halal products has spurred the Islamic
Development Department (Jakim) in Malaysia to set up a multi-million ringgit
laboratory that is able to carry out sophisticated and advanced tests
to determine the halal worthiness of any product. 

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Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

| 12/02/2008 | Reply
Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

Rising consumption from affluent global Muslim populations will
drive Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd’s double digit sales growth over that of
last year, according to a local brokerage.
Middle Eastern
countries have been accumulating wealth over the past five years due to
surging crude oil prices and this is expected to spur demand for
consumer products and consequently, robust growth for the relatively
untapped halal food segment.

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Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

The Philippines continues to develop their Halal industry, and the drafting of the Philippine National Standard on Halal Guidelines is the latest move. Being free from bird-flu is also a distinct advantage, and if they can get sufficient investment and start to produce to general international food standards, they could emerge as significant Halal industry players in the South east Asian region.

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Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Monday said the poultry business
suffered billions of rupees loss on account of panic in consumers
caused by, what he called, a propaganda of Bird Flu.

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LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

Haj operator Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is looking at investing
up to RM300 million initially in syariah-compliant equities in the Asia
Pacific, ex-Japan, this year as it simultaneously seeks to leverage on
local companies to become a global halal food producer. LTH chief executive
officer Datuk Ismee Ismail said the organisation was eyeing equities in
syariah-compliant industries, including food, in markets such as Kuwait
and Australia.

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Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

A masterplan for the Malaysian halal industry
will be presented to the government by end of this month, the chief
executive officer of Halal Industry Development Corporation, Datuk
Jamil Bidin, said today at the launch of the World Halal Forum 2008. Jamil said that the masterplan was a comprehensive blueprint
encompassing a three-year roadmap for the development of the country’s
halal industry which is rapidly expanding.

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Brunei exports closer

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Brunei exports closer

The Religious Council of
Brunei is soon expected to authorise commencement of a Halal
accreditation process for interested Australian companies wanting to be
a part of the global Brunei Halal Brand.
The opportunity for Ararat
producers to export Halal certified grain, meat and other products to
Brunei is about to move a step closer.

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Thai Airways receives Halal Certificate

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
Thai Airways receives Halal Certificate

BANGKOK, Feb 3 (TNA) – National carrier Thai Airways International
(THAI) on Sunday received a certificate for Halal food prepared by its
catering department.

No article here, just a notice for world travellers who want to eat Halal food on board.

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Islamic branding: the next big thing?

| 31/01/2008 | Reply
Islamic branding: the next big thing?

THERE is a sense of the arrival of a new “big thing” in the world of
marketing – and it is coloured green; not the familiar grass green of
the environment, but the deeper green of Islam.
For the first time, it is a topic which is receiving serious public
attention; and the future of Islamic branding was in the spotlight at
the last World Islamic Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

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Brunei Partakes In Singapore Halal Expo

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Partakes In Singapore Halal Expo

Singapore Minister for Environment and Water
Resources cum Muslim Affairs Minister In Charge Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
officially opened the inaugural four-day Singapore International
Halal Showcase on January 24.
In attendance were officials from
the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI) and
ADEX Communications Pte Ltd, and entrepreneurs from several
countries such as Australia, Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia,
New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

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Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian halal manufacturers have
been urged to meet the stringent standards set by Europe in order to
penetrate the growing halal market in Europe.




It is important for the exporters to have the right certification,
transport documentation in order to meet the demands of the European
Muslim consumers for “safe, healthy food,” said the managing director
of Eurofrigo B.V, Derk van Mackelenbergh at a seminar jointly organised
by the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands Embassy and the Netherlands
Foreign Investment Agency here Tuesday.

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Brunei-Australia Trade Growing

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei-Australia Trade Growing

Australian food producers are
involved in Brunei’s international halal brand in planning and
coordinating the Brunei Halal Brand product, which is expected to
launch in the middle of this year.

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Southeast Asian Countries Urged To Jointly Market Halal Products

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Southeast Asian Countries Urged To Jointly Market Halal Products

Southeast
Asian countries competing to promote their halal products in the
international markets should join hands instead of trying to outdo each
other, a halal conference in Singapore was told today.

Malaysia’s
Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) chief executive officer
Datuk Jamil Bidin said they should be united so as to position
themselves as a global player or else they will face an uphill battle
to penetrate the world halal market if each goes its own way.

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Brunei Delegation Joins SIHAS

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Delegation Joins SIHAS

Ten local companies, led by the Ministry of Industry and Primary
Resources, exhibited their products during the Singapore International
Halal Showcase (Sihas) 2008 at Singapore Expo in an effort to penetrate
the lucrative halal food industry.

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US recession poses no threat to halal trade

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
US recession poses no threat to halal trade

A recession in the United States will have a minimal impact on the
international halal trade as the need to consume halal products is an
Islamic tenet, said Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation
(Matrade) chief executive officer Datuk Noharuddin Nordin,
speaking
at a press briefing yesterday on the upcoming 5th Malaysia
International Halal Showcase (Mihas 2008).

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More firms eyeing overseas markets seek halal certification

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
More firms eyeing overseas markets seek halal certification

More firms in Singapore are obtaining halal certification in hopes of
a slice of the global Muslim consumer market, Islamic Religious Council
data said on Friday.
Minister-in-charge
of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim told the Singapore International Halal
Showcase that the industry has expanded beyond food and includes health
supplements, cleansing agents and traditional Chinese medicines

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Brunei Needs To Zero In On Few Winning Sectors

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Needs To Zero In On Few Winning Sectors

“The government needs to plan a
framework to allow private sector to determine the relevant sectors”
that it wants to see flourish, Tareq Muhmood, chief executive
officer of HSBC Brunei, told The Brunei Times.

Business areas that the government
may look into as potential winners are tourism, halal food
production and halal certification services,” Tareq said.

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