Category: Europe

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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Corporate Britain trying to appeal to Muslim customers

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Corporate Britain trying to appeal to Muslim customers

In
today’s Britain, things have moved on with more understanding
of the needs of consumers from a particular segment of society. Slowly
too, and in their efforts to attract new customers, corporate Britain
has woken up to the strength of the ‘halal pound’, and are coming up
with newer and more ingenious ways of appealing to the Muslim customer.
Wander
down the aisles of supermarket giants Asda, and refrigerators full of
halal meat and poultry with labelling from Brazil or New Zealand sit
next to boxed kebabs and minced meat samosas.

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In difference there is opportunity

| 31/01/2008 | Reply
In difference there is opportunity

By
developing high quality food offerings utilising ethnic cuisines and
building strong business format franchises around them, Mahmoods and
wok2go are two examples of the successful integration of British
multiculturalism and entrepreneurialism.

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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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How Safe is Cloned Meat?

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
How Safe is Cloned Meat?

With the US Food and Drug Administration already concluding that cloned meat is safe for consumers and the European food Safety Authority giving their greenlight as well to the consumption of cloned animal products do the public even have any say in the matter? Just like GMO food or farmed fish, will the real results of these ‘frankenfood’ alternatives ever be known in this decade? To then make a fatwa on whether cloned meat is acceptable would take a lot more than one mufti in Malaysia giving his comment.

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Ethnic Trend

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Ethnic Trend

The UK’s
growing Muslim population means that demand for halal ingredients is
also on the rise, with many ingredients manufacturers looking to gain
halal accreditation. “Although we do not specialise in halal
ingredients, we get quite a few demands for them,” confirms Verstegen’s
Neil Bartlett. “We’ve been working towards halal certification for the
last couple of years and have now achieved it, so it might be an area
we develop further in the future.”

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Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

The direction that the Halal Standards debate in Turkey eventually takes is likely to have profound implications both in Europe and throughout the Muslim world. As on of the few major food producers among the Muslim world, Turkey’s stance on whether this is a religious or commercial issue will cause ripples one way or the other. The debate itself is likely to be heated.

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UK Halal Meat firms slam halal monitoring group

| 15/12/2007 | Reply
UK Halal Meat firms slam halal monitoring group

Dramas surrounding the question of Halal meat certification in the UK continue to hinder the industry’s progress.

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UK Dairy opens new Halal cheese range

| 09/12/2007 | Reply
UK Dairy opens new Halal cheese range

Bosses at Dew-Lay Products Ltd of Garstang, Lancashire, established
in 1957, already supply a full range of cheese for major retailers
across the country. But now, they are so convinced of the growing consumer appetite for
Halal produce, they have just been awarded a licence from the Halal
Food Authority (HFA) for formulating and processing Halal named
varieties of cheese for the retail and catering trade with permissible
ingredients and approved methods of manufacture.

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Halal certification opens new markets for UK cheese group

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
Halal certification opens new markets for UK cheese group

European
Muslims could be about to develop the taste for regional cheeses like
red leicester, lancashire and even the humble cheddar following the
recent entry of UK-based processor Dewlay into the halal market.

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Debating Turkey and the EU

| 06/12/2007 | Reply
Debating Turkey and the EU

With Turkey looking into creating a Halal Standard by 2008, this article on how the French President views Turkey coming into the EU is very relevant at this time. With millions of Halal consumers in France and millions of Turks in Germany, having Turkey as a member country will help increase the number of Halal  products able to reach this sector, if Turkey is able to take full advantage of it, as some of the Eastern European countries now are doing. At the moment it is illegal to do Halal slaughter in Germany, perhaps changing this would be a starting point for developing European Islam.

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Ethnic food leads the way

| 24/11/2007 | Reply
Ethnic food leads the way

Halal
exhibitors were once again in abundance at the show from Welsh Country
Foods to Crescent Quality Food. Companies that were previously not
operating in the halal sector are realising there is a gap in the
market to be filled and that Muslim consumers want the same choice of
products as the rest of the population.

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Halal tourism tipped to rise as World Travel Market opens

| 16/11/2007 | Reply
Halal tourism tipped to rise as World Travel Market opens

New trends identified at the opening of the World Travel Market 2007 in the UK
included the rise of Halal tourism in the Middle East, the role of
mobile phones in revolutionizing the Asian travel industry and the
growth of “voluntourism.”

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New Products for Baby’s Health

| 15/11/2007 | Reply
New Products for Baby’s Health

Mumtaz Halal baby foods expansion will be launched at HALAL World Expo in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9-11 December 2007, to combat baby anaemia.

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Asda And National Halal Food Group in Unique Store Link

| 12/11/2007 | Reply
Asda And National Halal Food Group in Unique Store Link

This unique joint venture partnership between the supermarket chain and
Birmingham-based “National Halal Food Group” is seen as a
groundbreaking move for both parties and reflects a growing demand from
the Muslim community for Halal meat and poultry products.

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Asda under fire over plan to sell halal meat

| 08/11/2007 | Reply
Asda under fire over plan to sell halal meat

The deal by the National Halal group in Birmingham to sell Halal meat via their own store-in-store is a ground-breaking move for the UK Halal market. National Halal sell only high quality unstunned meat, and this will naturally cause some controversy, especially in the UK where the animal welfare lobby is very vocal.  National Halal defend their non-stun policy by saying that it is the most trauma-free method, a position that we support.

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Halal skincare launched in the UK

| 09/10/2007 | Reply
Halal skincare launched in the UK


Halo Skincare was launched a fortnight ago by Soni Zuberi Shah, after
her own search for trusted halal skincare products revealed that there
was very little choice in the UK market for those wishing to make a
faith-based skincare purchase.

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Rochdale Subway goes halal

| 09/10/2007 | Reply
Rochdale Subway goes halal

Sandwich franchise Subway continue their rollout of Halal outlets catering to the UK Muslim community.

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Halal grants for new businesses in UK

| 30/09/2007 | Reply
Halal grants for new businesses in UK

UK’s Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB) has joined forces with a Bolton business
support network to boost halal enterprises in the region. This demonstrates the increasing awareness of the significance of the Muslim minority in the UK, and thre role played within the local economy. This trend, already visible in multi-cultural countries like Malaysia, is expected to increase.

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