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Minnesota’s Holy Land is leading by example

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
Minnesota’s Holy Land is leading by example

Every now and again you have an experience that reaffirms your belief in all that’s good, in humanity, generosity, good food and good company. Our recent visit to Holy Land in Minneapolis was just such an experience. Holy Land is a multi-functional Halal market zone with a bakery, grocery store, restaurant, catering service and general all-round meeting place that was filled with the hum of a growing community.

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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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OIC: Malaysian FM Yatim adressed the 35th council of foreign ministers

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
OIC: Malaysian FM Yatim adressed the 35th council of foreign ministers

With so much on the agenda at the 35th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC it does not look like Malaysia’s Foreign Minister was able to do much but mention the names of the Halal initiatives that Malaysia is trying to introduce to the OIC in his 15 minute address. Hopefully he was able to gather some support on the sidelines during the meetings. Seems these meetings are just to remind each other what they did not follow up on from the last meeting. Though with such a long list of very serious issues to be addressed during these sessions, adding the development of International Halal
Standards, the International Halal Integrity Alliance, and an International Zakat Organisation to the list might just be asking too much.  Perhaps these will need to be implemented by a different body.

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Understanding Halal Order

| 22/06/2008 | Reply
Understanding Halal Order

With an excellent Halal Standard already created by Brunei Ministry of Religious Affairs, Brunei is ready for the next phase of their Brunei Halal programme which is the training of the relevant users of the Halal certification on the requirements and terms of it.

Brunei will also be holding the International Halal Market Conference on the 15-16 August 2008 in order to further educate their delegates through the experiences of others who have started up in a Halal business, the possibility of Halal pharmaceuticals, and also looking at the new role of Islamic tourism in the Halal industry, among the topics being discussed. But essential to the conference will be the Shariah & Science session with Islamic Scholars, Scientists and the Halal industry experts jointly looking at current issues surrounding Halal.

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Gulfood to expand to become Middle East’s largest trade exhibition in 2009

| 19/06/2008 | Reply
Gulfood to expand to become Middle East’s largest trade exhibition in 2009

Gulfood expanding was inevitable, but adding the new Ingredients Middle East into the show was a good strategic move. Though Gulfood has never focused on Halal as a category in its own right at the show, many of the companies of course are certified Halal to enable them to export to the region. Having the ingredients on board during this huge event will assist manufacturers wanting to enter into the Halal food industry source their certified ingredients. One stop shop.

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Halal butchers under threat from superstores

| 19/06/2008 | Reply
Halal butchers under threat from superstores

Patterns do repeat themselves. With the fierce competition and low margins that the food retailng giants operate with, they are constantly on the lookout for new profit centres. That usually means taking business away from someone else. The traditional corner store has long been a favourite target of the supermarkets, but now those neighbourhood shops are also the Halal shops and butchers.




The big retailers are well aware that the Muslim consumer is doing most of their shopping in the supermarkets – but not buying their Halal meats and other items there. This is partly because of non-availability and partly an issue of trust. Now that the big guns are aiming at the Halal consumer, expect to see more and more Halal produce on their shelves.





And as for the High Street….?

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Halal Tourism

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Halal Tourism

Once again ‘Halal Tourism’ is coming into travel market news. It is a budding industry that cannot be ignored and the interesting thing is that one of the target markets for this sector is the European Muslims.

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5 ways to fly for cheap

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
5 ways to fly for cheap

Here is a Halal tip from HalalFocus. CNNMoney is writing on how to get the discount air fares needed for travel these days when fuel surcharges are hiking prices up – while you can that is!

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Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

Dubai-based
Almulla Hospitality plans an international chain of 150
Sharia-compliant hotels by 2015. Around 90 are planned in the Middle
East and North Africa, but the remainder will be Europe, Asia and North
America – and Almulla says it will develop non-Muslim brand names.

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Brunei workshop on halal certification gets under way

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Brunei workshop on halal certification gets under way

In the run up to their annual Halal Conference and Expo on August 14-17, Brunei Darusslam recently held special Halal certification workshops for local businesses.

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Malaysian delegation to promote Halal standards at next OIC meeting

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Malaysian delegation to promote Halal standards at next OIC meeting

The next session of the OIC Foreign Ministers, due to be held in Uganda on June 18, will among other things, look at the formation of an International Zakat Organisation, and the development of international Halal standards, and the International Halal Integrity Alliance IHI.

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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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Kipp’s healthcheck on Arab brands’ global ambition

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Kipp’s healthcheck on Arab brands’ global ambition

Though there is no mention of Halal product brands in this article it is showing that products going out internationally from this region are going to increase. Let’s see with the recent article we put up about UAE increasing its production of Halal food products whether these manufacturers will also consider the international Halal marketplace.

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Ingredients expo opens in Dubai

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Ingredients expo opens in Dubai

Now we are getting down to the nitty gritty of Halal food production. Beyond the disagreements on stunning and mechanical slaughter what people are wanting to know is, what about the hidden ingredients that make the ‘halalness’ of the everyday products we use dubious. Hopefully at this show people were able to speak with companies to get comprehensive answers on their questions in this regard.

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Meat and Greet – A Halal Tale

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Meat and Greet – A Halal Tale

Here is a tale about a local farmer in Vermont who decided to help out the local Bosnian and Somali Muslims who wanted to slaughter their own Halal meat. Easier said than done, but a happy ending.

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Bid to increase amount of food made locally

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Bid to increase amount of food made locally

The UAE could save billions of dollars and curb soaring food prices by manufacturing more products at home, experts say.

“The halal
industry in this region alone is worth more than Dh73bn. We want a
slice of that market ourselves rather than buying it in,” said Joanne Cook organiser for the new Ingredients Middle East trade fair currently being held in Dubai
.

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Indian classical scholars sign up for courses in finance

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Indian classical scholars sign up for courses in finance

The recent interest amongst Muslims in halal investments, has
prompted several classical scholars to sign up for courses in finance,
accounts and even law in India. 

One only hopes that Muslim businessmen will similarly look at the potential for jobs and career opportunities in the Halal industry, including Halal financing for companies producing Halal products to further develop the shariah compliance of the Halal market.

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Farmers sought for mobile abattoir project

| 15/06/2008 | 1 Reply
Farmers sought for mobile abattoir project

If you go beyong the writer’s labelling of the mobile slaughter unit as a ‘killer on the run’ you will see that in fact in this big country where travelling great distances to get from A to B is the norm these mobile units could be a very beneficial service for the Halal industry. Will Muslims themselves realise an opportunity in this both for employment and assured Halal slaughter? Perhaps one should do a poll amongst the Muslim cab drivers of Alberta, who do not see any other jobs opportunities at the moment, even though they might have excellent qualifications.

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Meat supplier in HMC U-turn

| 15/06/2008 | 1 Reply
Meat supplier in HMC U-turn

The integrity of Halal certifiers is being questioned worldwide. Not only by the consumer, but also by certifiers discrediting other certifiers. The fact that the wholesalers in this story had to submit to the consumers demands shows us that consumer awareness is what needs to be propogated. This is a proof of an emerging market force that is Halal consumer power that will play an important role in the coming years.

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Halal market expansion raises questions of Halal fraud

| 13/06/2008 | Reply
Halal market expansion raises questions of Halal fraud
The industry of Halal, foods that are permitted for
consumption according to Muslim law, is gaining a strong foothold – both
in the United States and beyond – and has an estimated global turnover
of $580 billion a year, catering for many non-Muslims as well as
Muslims. But the swell in demand for halal products has given rise to
fraud, where companies and exporters are labeling foods as halal, when,
in fact, this is not the case.

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