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GCC Panel to issue halal food guidelines

| 26/12/2007 | Reply
GCC Panel to issue halal food guidelines

Dubai:
An industry panel has been set up to issue guidelines on how halal food
is produced and sold, a move that seeks to streamline the estimated
$500 billion a year global market.
Delegates attending the recent Global Halal and Islamic Business
Forum in Abu Dhabi called for the setting up of “monitoring offices”
around the world to work with “recognised Islamic centres to conform to
the halal protocols for all foodstuffs to be imported into the GCC
region.”

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Abu Dhabi Halal Forum endorces GCC stance on Halal standards

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi Halal Forum endorces GCC stance on Halal standards

Delegates at the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum have
unanimously endorsed recommendations from the Gulf Standards Authority
regarding global Halal industry guidelines. A statement, read out by Mr. Khaled Al Zamoul from the Kuwait
Municipality, confirmed that a committee will be formed to establish
guidelines of the Muslim World League regarding Halal slaughter and
food production.

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Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

The direction that the Halal Standards debate in Turkey eventually takes is likely to have profound implications both in Europe and throughout the Muslim world. As on of the few major food producers among the Muslim world, Turkey’s stance on whether this is a religious or commercial issue will cause ripples one way or the other. The debate itself is likely to be heated.

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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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Pizza Hut introduces halal meat in Sri Lanka

| 23/12/2007 | Reply
Pizza Hut introduces halal meat in Sri Lanka

Global pizza restaurant chain Pizza Hut will offer delectable and sizzling items
made out of halal meat targetting the 1.8 million Muslim population in Sri
Lanka.

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GCC urged to intensify role in Islamic tourism

| 16/12/2007 | Reply
GCC urged to intensify role in Islamic tourism

Halal airlines and women-only hotels are just some
of the up and coming investment trends currently gaining global
popularity, according to a recently released global trends report
published by World Tourism Market (WTM). The
report also said Saudi Arabia and the Gulf should do more to promote
the Islamic tourism market and urged the region to take a more
assertive role in pursuing the wealth of investment opportunities in
the market, noting that “it is critical for Middle Eastern countries to
take concrete steps to develop halal tourism internally.”

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Al Islami Foods sets up exclusive Halal meat shops at al-Ain cooperative society

| 16/12/2007 | Reply
Al Islami Foods sets up exclusive Halal meat shops at al-Ain cooperative society

Consolidating
its presence in the UAE market, Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food
producer in the region, today signed an agreement with Al Ain
Cooperative Society to establish Al Islami Meat Shops in Al Ain Coop
supermarket branches, an initiative to introduce exclusive and
authentic Halal outlets across the UAE.

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UK Halal Meat firms slam halal monitoring group

| 15/12/2007 | Reply
UK Halal Meat firms slam halal monitoring group

Dramas surrounding the question of Halal meat certification in the UK continue to hinder the industry’s progress.

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Move With Trends Or Risk Being Left Behind, SMEs Told

| 14/12/2007 | Reply
Move With Trends Or Risk Being Left Behind, SMEs Told

Brunei must learn to catch up with trends in the global
food industry or risk being left out of the market, according to a
local entrepreneur.

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Abu Dhabi Halal World Expo Declared Success

| 12/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi Halal World Expo Declared Success

The success of Halal World Expo, held at the Abu Dhabi National
Exhibition Centre this week, predicts even greater growth for this fast
growing global industry sector.
“The Halal food market currently accounts for as much as 12 per cent of
the global trade in food products,” said Christine Weaver, Exhibition
Director for Halal World Expo. “The Muslim population is projected to
constitute 30 per cent of the world’s population by 2025, meaning Halal
food could easily account for 20 per cent of world trade in food
products in the future.”

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Khazan to build new Gulf meat factory to drive more Halal food expansion

| 10/12/2007 | Reply
Khazan to build new Gulf meat factory to drive more Halal food expansion

Khazan, one of the Gulf’s
leading producers of Halal meat food products, is to invest AED60
million in a new meat factory in the region as part of ambitious
ongoing expansion plans. The
company made the announcement today from its exhibition stand at Halal
World Expo, the new international trade show taking place at the Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and also confirmed that it is looking
to break into the US$16 billion Halal food market in the US.

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Thai giant exports halal poultry to UAE

| 10/12/2007 | Reply
Thai giant exports halal poultry to UAE

Following the UAE’s inspection of Thai poultry producers earlier this year, exports have started to flow to the GCC region, with food giant CPF leading the way with an initial shipment of 64 tonnes of cooked chicken.

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UK Dairy opens new Halal cheese range

| 09/12/2007 | Reply
UK Dairy opens new Halal cheese range

Bosses at Dew-Lay Products Ltd of Garstang, Lancashire, established
in 1957, already supply a full range of cheese for major retailers
across the country. But now, they are so convinced of the growing consumer appetite for
Halal produce, they have just been awarded a licence from the Halal
Food Authority (HFA) for formulating and processing Halal named
varieties of cheese for the retail and catering trade with permissible
ingredients and approved methods of manufacture.

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Thai Chicken exports to UAE start up again

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
Thai Chicken exports to UAE start up again

Thailand
has resumed chicken exports to the United Arab Emirates following a
suspension in 2005 due to changes in Halal certification of
cooked-chicken products in the Arab country.

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Halal certification opens new markets for UK cheese group

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
Halal certification opens new markets for UK cheese group

European
Muslims could be about to develop the taste for regional cheeses like
red leicester, lancashire and even the humble cheddar following the
recent entry of UK-based processor Dewlay into the halal market.

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Abu Dhabi to host exhibition on halal industry on Sunday

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi to host exhibition on halal industry on Sunday

Abu Dhabi will become the focal point for the $2.1 trillion a year
global halal industry next week as leading manufacturers and suppliers
assemble in the UAE capital to debate issues vital to the growth of the
business worldwide. This is the first serious Halal-based forum and expo to take place in the UAE, a timely indication that the Arab presence in the market may be on the increase.

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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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Debating Turkey and the EU

| 06/12/2007 | Reply
Debating Turkey and the EU

With Turkey looking into creating a Halal Standard by 2008, this article on how the French President views Turkey coming into the EU is very relevant at this time. With millions of Halal consumers in France and millions of Turks in Germany, having Turkey as a member country will help increase the number of Halal  products able to reach this sector, if Turkey is able to take full advantage of it, as some of the Eastern European countries now are doing. At the moment it is illegal to do Halal slaughter in Germany, perhaps changing this would be a starting point for developing European Islam.

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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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Halal food standards to be introduced in Turkey in 2008

| 04/12/2007 | Reply
Halal food standards to be introduced in Turkey in 2008

Industry and Commerce Minister Zafer Caglayan said on Wednesday
(November 28th) that standards for halal foods — foods that comply
with Islamic dietary laws — will be introduced in the first quarter of
2008. We have been following this development with interest, as Turkey have good access to EU Halal markets.

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