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Halal fast food franchise hits UK streets

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Halal fast food franchise hits UK streets

One of the UK’s first Halal fast food franchises has launched after working with a leading franchise expert. Mahmoods, a Halal burger bar and takeaway has just launched its
franchise offer after working with Franchise Development Services
Northern (FDS Northern).

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Minnesota hummus maker expanding business overseas

| 01/05/2008 | Reply
Minnesota hummus maker expanding business overseas

The success story of Majdi Wadi and his Holy Land food brand in Minnesota is an indication not only of the increasing cultural integration in the USA, but also the expansion of the Halal-related food markets there. Minnesota can also claim Keith Ellison, the first Muslim congressman in US history, so clearly some things in the USA are moving in the right direction. With a 9 million Muslim population with substantial disposable income, the US is a lucrative niche Halal market that is overlooked by the majority of manufacturers.

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Dutch Farmers to visit MIHAS expo

| 30/04/2008 | Reply
Dutch Farmers to visit MIHAS expo

The 23-member group from The Netherlands, comprising representatives from the Vegetable
Marketing Organisation, local farmers’ co-operative societies and
vegetable wholesale merchant associations. They will visit Malaysia’s
wholesale and retail markets, organic and conventional farms,
agriculture research and experiment station as well as the 5th Malaysia
International Halal Showcase.

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UAE emerging as global hub for halal production

| 30/04/2008 | Reply
UAE emerging as global hub for halal production

The nation is emerging as a global leader in the rapidly
growing halal industry as Muslim consumers look to incorporate more
Sharia-compliant products into their daily lives. Worth an estimated Dh7.7 trillion, the industry has broadened in
scope to include everything from food to Islamic fashion and textiles,
pharmaceuticals, lifestyle products such as cosmetics, and Islamic
finance. Dubai is a major halal industry hub, importing and channelling
an estimated Dh550 million worth of halal merchandise each year.

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Fat replacers to spiral in US dairy and meat sectors

| 29/04/2008 | Reply
Fat replacers to spiral in US dairy and meat sectors

Demand
in the US for fat replacers is set to increase as health trends continue, with
particular growth experienced in the meat and dairy sector, according
to a new report. Cargill have reported the development of a Halal fat replacer made from restructured vegetable fat, and there is a clear opportunity for other Halal ingredient manufacturers to take advantage of this growing trend.

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Halal market grows, with potential for non-Muslims too

| 29/04/2008 | Reply
Halal market grows, with potential for non-Muslims too

The
US market for Halal foods is growing according to experts, as US Muslims
grow accustomed to seeing Halal in their grocery aisles, and
non-Muslims see it as healthier.
With eight million Muslims in the US, and the average
family in the country spending around $2100 on food yearly, experts
estimate the US Halal market to be worth $16bn.

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China offers Pakistan joint ventures in Halal Food industry

| 29/04/2008 | Reply
China offers Pakistan joint ventures in Halal Food industry

The Muslim Chinese autonomous region of Ningxia Hui is getting increasingly involved in the Halal market, inviting Pakistan for joint ventures with their Chinese Muslim counterparts. Their forthcoming International Halal Food and Muslim Commodities Festival will be held on 10-13 September in the Ningxia capital of Yinchuan, coinciding with the 50-year celebrations of the autonomous region.

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Islamic Chamber of Commerce’s general assembly held

| 28/04/2008 | Reply
Islamic Chamber of Commerce’s general assembly held

Saleh Kamel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Islamic Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the pivotal role the chamber
plays in the service of the Islamic countries’ economies, manifested in
enhancing trade exchange among member countries of the Organization of
the Islamic Conference (OIC). Reviewing the chamber’s accomplishments, Kamel said the chamber serves as a business and
economic hub for Islamic countries and a representative for the private
sector in these countries.

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Nahavandian hails ICC’s General Assembly

| 28/04/2008 | Reply
Nahavandian hails ICC’s General Assembly

Head
of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines on Sunday hailed
the success the Islamic Chamber of Commerce (ICC) General Assembly held
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The assembly
was held to review the international project on Halal brand aiming at
standardization of Halal products.

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Big China Turnout for MIHAS 2008

| 26/04/2008 | Reply
Big China Turnout for MIHAS 2008

China
will have the biggest international presence at the 5th Malaysia
International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) in Kuala Lumpur next month with
close to 100 Chinese companies and government agencies going to the
five-day event.
Eighteen Chinese companies will exhibit at the fair while
79 other enterprises and government agencies will send 107 buyers and
officials for the business sessions.

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Local Brunei SMEs to participate in MIHAS 2008

| 26/04/2008 | Reply
Local Brunei SMEs to participate in MIHAS 2008

Several Brunei SME entrepreneurs involved in the food processing industry will showcase their products at the
5th Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2008 (MIHAS 2008), which will be held from May 7 to 11 at the
Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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MIHAS 2008 Best Platform To Learn, Adopt Malaysia’s Halal Certification System

| 23/04/2008 | Reply
MIHAS 2008 Best Platform To Learn, Adopt Malaysia’s Halal Certification System

The Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2008 (MIHAS
2008) 7-11 May 2008 will be the best platform for other Muslim or foreign
countries to learn or adopt Malaysia’s halal certification system, says
the organiser. MIHAS chief executive officer, Mohd Shukri Abdullah, said
Malaysia’s halal certification has been recognised internationally and
its acceptance would make it easier for Malaysian firms to establish
business ties with countries around the world.

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Halal-certified businesses on a roll

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Halal-certified businesses on a roll


Over the past eight years, the number of halal-certified businesses in
Singapore has grown nearly four-fold from 530 to over 2,000, and an
increasing number of eateries are catering to more adventurous palates. Observers
said there is still plenty of room for the industry to grow as the
spending power of the Muslim community is going up. That is why more
businesses are keen to tap the global halal food market that is
estimated to be worth over $760 billion.

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British Muslim butchers fear supermarket chains

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
British Muslim butchers fear supermarket chains

The
British Muslim butchers fear that their survival is at stake at the
hands of the supermarket chains which have decided to market ‘halal’
meat.

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Myriad challenges of global image positioning

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Myriad challenges of global image positioning

To
create a world-class image leadership mandate within any mega project
is to define, design and own a master blueprint and to possess the
tools necessary to scan the global landscape during its implementation. For this very reason, there are no major globally recognised brands to talk about, which have arisen out of Muslim countries.

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Increased corn imports to boost Halal market

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Increased corn imports to boost Halal market

Mindanao
Business Council chair Vicente Lao said in an interview that one major
factor affecting the bid of the Philippines to be the prime exporter of
chicken with the Halal certification is the high price of corn in the
country today.


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MIHAS 2008 gets ready for takeoff

| 18/04/2008 | Reply
MIHAS 2008 gets ready for takeoff

As MIHAS gets ready for its 5th year, its is once again clear that this is the big event of the Halal expo calendar. The first mover advantage that was struggled for – against many odds – and gained by pioneering CEO Shukri Abdullah, has really made this KL-based trade show the top venue for all pro-active Halal industry stakeholders around the world. Expect around 500 booths, tens of thousands of traders, lots of Halal big-guns and a few hundred million in trade sales. Thats what I call a trade show. See you there!

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Local Companies Overlook Opportunities In Muslim Minority Markets

| 17/04/2008 | Reply
Local Companies Overlook Opportunities In Muslim Minority Markets

Manufacturers and service providers
have overlooked the opportunities that exist in Muslim minority markets
such as the European Union and the United States, MIHAS chief executive
officer Mohd Shukri Abdullah said Tuesday.

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Jakim Will Continue To Train Halal Industry Researchers, Says Abdullah

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Jakim Will Continue To Train Halal Industry Researchers, Says Abdullah

The Malaysian Islamic Development
Department (Jakim) will continue to train officers handling research on
the halal industry, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said they must know what are the matters that need to be
understood in determing whether a product is halal (permitted by Islam).

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Harrington Picks Malaysia As Hub To Boost Sales To Asia-Pacific And Mid-East Marts

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Harrington Picks Malaysia As Hub To Boost Sales To Asia-Pacific And Mid-East Marts

Herbal products company, Harrington Pte London, has picked
Malaysia as its regional hub to boost the sales of its Virgin Dtox
London products to Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets.

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