Category: Regional news

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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Student introduces Halal foods to University Park campus

| 25/01/2008 | Reply
Student introduces Halal foods to University Park campus

Starting this month, Muslim Penn State students can dine on Halal certified food weekdays on the University Park campus.

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Over US$1 trillion committed to developing the region’s Leisure Landscape.

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Over US$1 trillion committed to developing the region’s Leisure Landscape.

A staggering US$1.006 trillion (US$1006 billion) has been committed
to Leisure projects across the region. Development of the ‘Leisure
Landscape’ is a critical part of a total travel and tourism
investment of $3.63 trillion encompassing hotels, leisure projects,
aviation developments, cruise lines, tourism promotion and supporting
infrastructure, across the Middle East, according to the latest findings
of a major region wide research programme unveiled today.

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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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Jawhara: A Hotel With An Islamic Image

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Jawhara: A Hotel With An Islamic Image

You will notice that the coming trend in the UAE is Islamic/Halal hotels and tourism. This article is just another example of another hotel group seeing the potential of this market. The sooner these venues become international the more muslims will look for them and the number will increase. With Halal food on the menu, once again the Halal industry will find another sector to expand into.

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Islamic hotels to hit the market

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotels to hit the market

Dubai-based Almulla Hospitality is gearing towards making Islamic hotels


a force to be reckoned with in the competitive hospitality sector.



“The Islamic hotel chain is a new industry, a new wave coming through,”



Chairman Abdullah Mohamed Almulla  told BERNAMA on the sidelines of the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum held in conjunction with the Halal World Expo in Abu Dhabi recently.

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North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

Carfrae is the first and longest operating USDA facility in the United

States involved in the processing of Halal meat products under the

Midamar Halal brand, USA’s pioneer and premier Halal Brand

(www.midamar.com). North American Halal Food Industries, doing business as Halal Food Processors of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, acquired the meat processing facility on November 1, 2007 from Steve Carfrae.

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Al Islami calls for UAE to strengthen position in Halal

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Al Islami calls for UAE to strengthen position in Halal

Al Islami Foods has urged the UAE authorities to consolidate the strength of region’s halal market. It
called for consultation with the key stakeholders so that the local
markets develop capabilities to compete with the international players.

These
recommendations were presented by Al Islami Foods marketing manager
Mustafa Jassem to at the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum at Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

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WTO urges Gulf States to Promote Islamic Tourism

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
WTO urges Gulf States to Promote Islamic Tourism

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have been urged to do more to develop and promote the Islamic tourism market. In
its global trends report, the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) said
recently that the region should be more assertive role in pursuing the
wealth of investment opportunities in the market.

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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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Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

| 16/01/2008 | Reply
Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

The
definitions of Halal, while generally agreed upon by Muslims, display
significant gaps when it comes to their application in the industry.
Due to differing Halal standards not only between countries but also
within each individual country (following the presence of various Halal
authorities), confusion, misunderstanding and even abuse in the Halal
audit and certification process have occurred. As a result, supply
chains have been broken whilst artificial shortages of raw material
have emerged as a result of disunity between Halal certification bodies.

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Ottawa urging Canadian food producers to explore global halal market

| 15/01/2008 | Reply
Ottawa urging Canadian food producers to explore global halal market

A growing appetite for halal products around the globe
has prompted the Canadian government to encourage businesses to taste
the market for these foods.

Canada has so far failed to make much
of an impression in the international market for products that respect
Islamic dietary laws – also known as halal. Yet Ottawa estimates the halal industry to be worth between US$500 billion and $2 trillion worldwide.

Now
government trade experts and industry insiders alike are warning
Canadian businesses they can ill afford to ignore the demographic
trends feeding increasing demand for halal and kosher products.

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Halal Vending machines – why not?

| 14/01/2008 | Reply
Halal Vending machines – why not?

Kosher
Vending Industries, based in New York State, operates Hot Nosh machines
that serve up hot, kosher snacks such as hot dogs, cheese pizza,
mozzarella sticks and potato knish. Albany-based Organic Vending stocks
their machines with organic and natural snacks as well as gluten-free
foods, and the company is eyeing possible expansion into Canada. Why not Halal vending machines?

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Halal food in US schools?

| 13/01/2008 | Reply
Halal food in US schools?

The
powerful US Senate is likely to witness a bill from Democrat Senator
John Sabini, who is pursuing to ensure ‘halal food’ for Muslim students
in schools of the city and the state as well. “The ‘Halal Food
Bill’ will be placed before the State Senate shortly,” John said at a
fund-raising meeting in the city on Thursday.

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Filmmakers Turn Lens On Ozone Park Halal Shop

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Filmmakers Turn Lens On Ozone Park Halal Shop

A new documentary film, “A Son’s Sacrifice” looks at the life and times of Madani Halal on 94th Street in Ozone Park. The film, which runs for 30 minutes, will air on WNET (Channel 13) on Jan. 25.

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The Challenge To Achieve The Brunei Vision

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
The Challenge To Achieve The Brunei Vision

Brunei’s current vision to diversify their economy away from dependence on the oil and gas income involves the development of three key niche areas – Islamic Finance, the Halal Industry and Eco-Tourism.

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Canadian vitamin firm wins kosher and halal approval

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Canadian vitamin firm wins kosher and halal approval

A
Laval firm specializing in research and development of medicine for
pregnant women says it has become the first pharmaceutical company in
the country to receive both kosher and halal certification for a
prescription drug.

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Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

Ceratti,
a traditional Brazilian maker of mortadella, has developed a light
mortadella that, since 2005, has been certified halal by the Muslim
Federation. The stamp has already guaranteed growth of 35% in the
volume of company sales of the product.

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GCC Region pushes for Halal committee

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
GCC Region pushes for Halal committee


A new committee will be formed to establish guidelines of the Muslim World League on Halal slaughter and food production. The responsibilities of the new committee will include the development
and implementation of educational programmes for manufacturers on the
approved guidelines for Halal slaughter and processing.

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Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

São Paulo – The Arab countries buy 30% of Brazilian poultry exports.
“It is the most important and traditional market for exports from
Brazil. We have been present in the market for more than 35 years now,”
said to ANBA the president at the Brazilian Poultry Exporters
Association (Abef), Christian Lohbauer. In 2007, sales to the Middle
East totalled over US$ 1 billion.

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