Category: The Americas

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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Muslims, Arab Americans are big players in economy

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Muslims, Arab Americans are big players in economy

Arab Americans and Muslims account for nearly 6% of the workforce and earn between $5.4 billion and $7.7 billion a year in southeast Michigan, according to a Wayne State University report. The retail purchasing power of the US Muslim community continues to be an unrecognised force, but we expect to see this oversight changing in the short to mid-term.

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Kosher food label fastest grower in US consumer market

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Kosher food label fastest grower in US consumer market

“Kosher”
was the most frequently used claim on products launched in the US this
year, according to figures from a global products database. The “Kosher” label beat out “All Natural” and “No Additives or
Preservatives,” which were among the other most popular claims found on
products in 2007, according to figures from Mintel’s Global New
Products Database, which monitors worldwide product innovation in
consumer packaged goods markets.

This past year, 3,984 new kosher food products and 728 kosher beverages were launched. Given that the US Muslim population is approximately double the Jewish population – and growing as opposed to shrinking – we can get some idea of the staggering room for growth in the US Halal market.

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Judges prevents Muslims from Eid sacrifice

| 23/12/2007 | Reply
Judges prevents Muslims from Eid sacrifice

A
North Carolina judge has issued a 10-day injunction against the planned
slaughter of hundreds of lambs by Muslim families for a religious
festival. At officials’ urging, a Johnston County judge told a
farmer Friday he couldn’t open his farm next week to 250 Muslim
families planning to slaughter lambs as part of the three-day festival
known as Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, which begins
Wednesday.

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G. Willi-Food in negotiations to acquire 51% stake in Baladi Ltd.

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
G. Willi-Food in negotiations to acquire 51% stake in Baladi Ltd.

G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (NASDAQ:WILC) said Thursday it is
in ‘advanced negotiations’ to acquire a 51% majority interest in Baladi
Ltd., a private Israeli company and a large kosher and halal meat
processor.

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Halal Iranian Restaurant in Nova Scotia

| 06/12/2007 | Reply
Halal Iranian Restaurant in Nova Scotia

Resident’s in Bedford, Nova Scotia can now enjoy Halal Iranian cuisine. To enhance the experience Mr Jor, an Iranian entrepreneur is also supplying music and special dishes at the end of each month. As a new immigrant to Canada through a special programme developed in Nova Scotia this is one way of introducing yourself to your new community.

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Midamar to launch Halal consulting services

| 04/12/2007 | Reply
Midamar to launch Halal consulting services

Midamar, North America’s largest supplier of high quality US
Halal meats, will unveil a new consultation service for Middle East
companies aiming to capitalise on huge market growth in the US at Halal
World Expo in Abu Dhabi next week.

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Uruguay Eyes M’sia As Springboard To Asian Market

| 26/11/2007 | Reply
Uruguay Eyes M’sia As Springboard To Asian Market

Uruguay wants to form a partnership
with Malaysia to export its halal beef and make the latter a
springboard to enter Asian market, said its Ambassador to Malaysia
Pablo Sader.

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Muslim-owned businesses

| 25/11/2007 | Reply
Muslim-owned businesses

Shahed Amanullah, Editor-in-Chief, AltMuslim.com, has given his commentary on the recent acquisition of Al-Safa Halal. Hopefully this sale of a non-Muslim owned Halal business to a Muslim will create a higher awareness of the opportunities available in the market for Muslims to take advantage of. Men like David Muller saw a potentially profitable business idea and took full advantage of it. He complied to the requirements specified to make the products Halal, just as many non-Muslim run companies do around the world, including Nestle. What is notable here is not that there are non-Muslims running Halal businesses, but that there are so few Muslims in upper management of the production of Halal food internationally.

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Iowa halal turkeys grace tables abroad

| 24/11/2007 | Reply
Iowa halal turkeys grace tables abroad

To
assist Muslims wishing to recreate the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in their
own homes in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Kuwait and Singapore this year,
Midamar has shipped overseas about 25,000 halal turkeys. An additional
10,000 halal turkeys have been delivered to Muslim homes in the United
States.

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Fish gelatin could be economically beneficial

| 06/11/2007 | Reply
Fish gelatin could be economically beneficial

The question of Halal and Kosher gelatin is being promoted by Joe Regenstein at Cornell University.
Regenstein, head of the Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, said 99 percent of the 272,500 tons of gelatin produced in 2003 came from pork or non-religiously slaughtered beef. Clearly, with 2 billion Halal consumers, there is a potential market for fish-based gelatin products.
“When we talk about globalization, the fact that we don’t talk about
halal foods in most cases is a major oversight,” Regenstein said.

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Canada backs halal industry in Mindanao

| 18/09/2007 | Reply
Canada backs halal industry in Mindanao

The Canadian International Development Agency, through the Private
Enterprise Accelerated Resource Linkages Phase 2 project (Pearl2), and
the Armm Business Council (ABC) have forged a memorandum of
understanding to boost support to the halal thrusts of the region.

It remains to be seen just what this will turn into, but with Canadian beef now increasingly cleared for overseas markets, Halal is becoming an important market for them. With the recent creation of the Canadian Halal Exporters Alliance, can we expect to see Canada focusing on a Halal awareness drive? If they mounted a successful campaign, it could potentially position Canadian meat up there with Aussie beef, the current choice for premium meat in the Halal market, especially in the lucrative GCC region.


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Halal and Kosher options on the rise

| 02/09/2007 | Reply
Halal and Kosher options on the rise

Halal and kosher options in Western public institutions like schools, universities, hospitals and prisons are continually in the news. Further proof of Halal entering the mainstream…and on this issue, the Muslims and Jews have a shared common interest.

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Roll over hot dogs, the shawarma has arrived

| 31/08/2007 | Reply
Roll over hot dogs, the shawarma has arrived

Halal street vendors have been around in New York for years…and now they are making moves on Washington DC. Hot dogs, make way for the future…the shawarma has landed.

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Marketing to Muslims – Food, fashion and faith

| 04/08/2007 | Reply
Marketing to Muslims – Food, fashion and faith

A new study by JWT, an advertising agency, points out that the
6m or so Muslims in America are, on average, richer and better educated
than the general population. Two-thirds of Muslim households make more
than $50,000 a year and a quarter earn over $100,000; the national
average is $42,000. Two-thirds of American Muslims have a college
degree, compared with less than half of the general population. Muslim
families also tend to have more children. So the perception that
marketing specifically to Muslims is not worthwhile would appear to be
wrong.

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US drives global kosher ingredient need

| 02/08/2007 | Reply
US drives global kosher ingredient need

The
growing kosher market is prompting manufacturers in countries without
much local demand to gain certification so they can export to the
high-potential US, and some are exporting continuous kosher production
to keep down costs. This is undoubtedly a trend that the Halal sector will follow, as confirmed by leading Halal food manufacturers comments that their main demand now is for Halal certified ingredients and additives. Ingredient makers take note!

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Halal is the new hotdog

| 30/07/2007 | Reply
Halal is the new hotdog

The kind of food on offer from Manhattan’s street corner food carts, serving food on the go to New Yorkers around the clock, is a special kind of barometer reading, and is yet another zone where Halal food is making its mark. In fact, to the average New Yorker, ‘Halal’ has come to mean a tasty meat and rice dish served up with spices and secret white sauce, yours for $4.95.

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Deciphering markets’ new eco-friendly labels

| 28/07/2007 | Reply
Deciphering markets’ new eco-friendly labels

Efforts
to go green are becoming more and more widespread, and one place that’s
evident is on supermarket and department store shelves. Nowadays,
labels on foods and other household products often display seals and
certifications vouching for their eco-friendliness, but what do those
emblems mean and which ones can you trust?

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