Category: Research

Halal – Missing the Boat? (Part I & II)

| 16/06/2009 | Reply
Halal – Missing the Boat? (Part I & II)

The Halal industry is rapidly expanding as a global phenomenon, and corporations large and small are working to carve out their niche in this lucrative market. But there is a noticeable lack of Muslim, and especially Arab, participation as active entrepreneurs and investors. Have we missed booking a passage on our own boat?

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Halal Market Intelligence Newsletter May 09

| 28/05/2009 | Reply
Halal Market Intelligence Newsletter May 09

The May 09 Halal Market Intelligence Newsletter from HalalFocus looks at the the formation of the American Halal Association, a new non-profit organisation to represent the interests of the Halal producers and consumers in the USA. Plus articles on how Halal is beating the recession and the rise of Halal consumer power as a new market force.

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Gold medal for UPM don

| 18/05/2009 | Reply
Gold medal for UPM don

Lecturer, Prof Dr Jamilah Bakar of the Food Technology and Food Science
Faculty, won a silver medal for her product Halal Collagen from
Freshwater Fish Skins.





She said that research to produce halal collagen products from the
skins of freshwater fishes is increasing as ingredients in formulation,
food processing, pharmaceuticals and the cosmetics industry.

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US: Kosher food sales up to $200 billion

| 27/04/2009 | Reply
US: Kosher food sales up to $200 billion
Sales of kosher foods through grocery stores has risen to over $200 billion in 2008.
The
increase is from about $150 billion in 2003, showing yearly growth rate
twice that of the overall food market, according to Packaged Facts’ new
study, “Market Trend: Kosher-and Halal-Certified Foods in the US.”

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Search for a new growth model

| 26/04/2009 | Reply
Search for a new growth model

“NEVER
waste a crisis” has become an increasingly popular line among political
and business leaders these days as the world continues to battle one of
the toughest economic challenges that most of us have ever experienced.

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Spotlighting Europe’s Muslim consumers

| 25/04/2009 | Reply
Spotlighting Europe’s Muslim consumers

Islam
is the religion of a vast and growing number of consumers around the
world. There is strong evidence to suggest that religious affiliation
plays a significant role in consumer behaviour. As sources like the
Journal of Euromarketing point out, enhanced knowledge of religious
differences in consumer decision-making can have a marked impact on the
effectiveness of global marketing strategies.

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Kosher, Halal Foods Meet Demands of Today’s Consumers — But Most Don’t Know It Yet

| 17/04/2009 | Reply
Kosher, Halal Foods Meet Demands of Today’s Consumers — But Most Don’t Know It Yet

In kosher and halal food production, sanitation
requirements are more exacting, supervision is more rigorous, inspection is
more frequent, prohibitions against certain ingredients and contaminants
are stricter, and label information is more forthcoming than required by
federal law. And unlike federal law, these ancient standards are not
subject to negotiation.

Market Intelligence company Packaged Facts’ new report, “MarketTrend: Kosher- and
Halal-Certified Foods in the U.S.” investigates the current and potential market penetration for these sectors.

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Marketing to Muslims…the trend continues to grow

| 01/12/2008 | Reply
Marketing to Muslims…the trend continues to grow

The trend to recognise Muslims as a potentially powerful consumer force continues to gather steam, with a new report from JWT and AMRB. Results from studies in 10 predominantly Muslim countries confirms the view that Muslim Consumer Power is an untapped and very significant resource. The Halal movement is likely to be a major beneficiary as this force gathers pace, as corporations and suppliers will beome increasingly willing to cater to the Muslim consumer, especially in these turbulant economic times.

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Globalisation of McDonald’s: Comparative Study Morocco and France

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Globalisation of McDonald’s: Comparative Study Morocco and France

This article is research for those who want to see how global giants market to the masses so as not to miss out on any corner of the market.

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Thai university, IPB to share information on halal food production

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
Thai university, IPB to share information on halal food production

Thailand`s Chulalongkorn University has reached
an agreement with the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) in Bogor,
West Java, to share information on halal food production. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cooperation was signed here
Thursday by the director of Cuulalangkorn University`s Halal Science
Center, Dr Winai Dahlan, and IPB Deputy Rector for Research and
Cooperation, Dr Anas Miftah Fauzi.

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America’s Shrinking Food Wraps

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
America’s Shrinking Food Wraps


American supermarkets are epics of excess: it often seems like every
item in the store comes in a “Jumbo” size or has “Bonus!” splashed
across the label. But is it possible that the amount of food Americans
are buying is, in fact… shrinking?

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Kyrgyzstan Keen To Learn Malaysia’s Model Of Islamic Economy

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Kyrgyzstan Keen To Learn Malaysia’s Model Of Islamic Economy

The Kyrgyzstan government plans
to introduce takaful (Islamic insurance), Islamic bond and production
of halal products after having introduced Islamic banking
one-and-a-half years ago, said Shamil M. Murtazaliev, advisor to the
president of Kyrgyz Republic.

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Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

The issue of cloning certainly goes well beyond whether or not an animal is stunned before Halal slaughter and the method used in the slaughtering of it. This also comes under the category of ‘ethical’ which is also now a much broader issue with the production of food today. As this question becomes better researched from a Halal perspective perhaps the wisdom of the Islamic shariah will bring clarity on this for everyone questioning whether it is ethical to produce cloned animals for human consumption. Perhaps this is an issue to be addressed to the Shariah scholars and scientists at the upcoming International Halal Market Conference being held on the 16-17 August in Brunei Darussalam.

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The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals

What I find interesting about this ranking is that at first glance one is impressed at how the top 10 intellectuals voted for are all Muslim. Then you read that 500,000 ballots were cast in 4 weeks, which also is impressive. However, when you carry on reading the article look and see how the candidates themselves were instrumental in campaigning to put themselves into the top 10 through their own publications and websites! This is the power of the press and the internet.

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The Eye of the Female Consumer

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
The Eye of the Female Consumer

An interesting article on the female consumer for anyone interested in branding and marketing. Might also help a few women explain to their male counterparts why their visions may differ.

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A T Kearney issue report on Addressing the Muslim Market

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
A T Kearney issue report on Addressing the Muslim Market

“Since Muslims are the fastest growing consumer segment in the world, any company that is not considering how to serve them is missing a significant opportunity to affect both its top-and bottom-line growth. Deciding to serve the Muslim consumer will depend on the ease with which the company can address this market and the opportunity versus the cost of doing so. Although there are political and social pitfalls to consider, the opportunities are so vast and far-reaching that they greatly outweigh the risks. With many of the world’s consumer segments reaching a saturation point, the Muslim consumer is fast becoming a new outlet to build a base for future growth.”


While this quote from A T Kearney’s report, “Addressing the Muslim Market” is not necessarily anything new to many of the Halal sector players, the fact that this report has appeared in the mainstream is itself a clear confirmation of what many of us have been saying for years.

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Hannover University ‘Stunning versus Slaughter’ research report

| 16/07/2007 | Reply
Hannover University ‘Stunning versus Slaughter’ research report

This is a translation of the study conducted by the Hannover University in 1978 on the effects of stunning and Halal slaughter on sheep and calves. It provides a strong argument that the Halal method is effectively painless for the animals, as opposed to the captive bolt stunning method which caused measurable trauma.

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