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Halal variety of luxury Kobe beef takes the spotlight

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Halal variety of luxury Kobe beef takes the spotlight

Le Meridien in Kuala Lumpur is serving a Halal variety of Kobe beef from Australia that is making news at their restaurant. Usually raised on massage, beer and sake, Kobe beef is famed for its marbelled texture and unusual tenderness. Now, Halal diners can taste some for themselves – minus the alcohol.

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Malaysia To Help OIC Formulate Halal Standards

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Malaysia To Help OIC Formulate Halal Standards

Malaysia will help the members of
the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) develop OIC-based halal
standards, a move which will likely pave the way for the evolution of
global halal standards.

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Islamic hotels spread beyond Gulf

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotels spread beyond Gulf

Shariah-compliant hotels are mushrooming throughout
the Middle East and elsewhere, boosted by an increase in the number of
Arab tourists. The developers of these hotels believe these
establishments will appeal to Muslims and non-Muslims alike as they
provide a culturally unique and relaxing atmosphere for travellers.

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Lembaga Tabung Haji to invest RM300 million in halal business

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Lembaga Tabung Haji to invest RM300 million in halal business

Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) is looking at
investing up to RM300 million initially in the halal food business
within the next five years given the bright market prospects. “The
halal food sector has been identified as a new investment focus due to
its potential returns,” group managing director and chief executive
officer Datuk Ismee Ismail told reporters at the signing of a strategic
alliance between TH and Silver Bird Group Bhd.

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More Bumis Looking To Export Their Halal Products Through MIHAS

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
More Bumis Looking To Export Their Halal Products Through MIHAS

The increased participation of
Bumiputeras in the Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2008 (MIHAS
2008) is indicative of the serious efforts taken by Bumiputeras to go
further in the global halal industry, said MIHAS chief executive
officer Mohd Shukri Abdullah.

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Global Expansion Hope For Malaysia’s Halal Certification Standard

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Global Expansion Hope For Malaysia’s Halal Certification Standard

The halal certification standard used
by Malaysia will hopefully be expanded to other countries including
member nations of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC),
Minister of International Trade and Industry Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
said Monday.

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Halal travel packages "will prove successful"

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Halal travel packages "will prove successful"

Middle Eastern countries seeking to emulate Dubai’s successful foray into

tourism are in search of ways to entice Middle Eastern tourists. By creating

Halal packages that incorporate activities and services in keeping with Islamic

law, companies are creating a concept that Euromonitor International predicts

will prove successful.

The recent World Travel Market report has a section on Halal travel (pages 18-21) that are worth reading for anyone interested in this sector.

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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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Cosmetics companies could benefit from targeting Muslim market

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Cosmetics companies could benefit from targeting Muslim market

Despite
the worldwide Muslim population standing at 1.56 billion, few companies
are taking advantage of the significant opportunities presented by this
consumer segment, stated the company. Targeting this market and
providing consumers with halal product alternatives could bring
significant benefits to the cosmetics and fashion industries as well as
food and beverage manufacturers.

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Muslim nations must unite to face global uncertainties

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Muslim nations must unite to face global uncertainties

MUSLIM nations must come together to face global uncertainties and the food crisis, the prime minister said. Malaysian PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Muslim countries had the money and natural resources to help ease food shortages. “Where there is a will, there is a way. We should prove that we can
meet these challenges by working collectively together to help the
Muslims,” he said at the close of the fourth World Islamic Economic
Forum (WIEF), which Malaysia chairs, at the Sheraton Hotel in Kuwait.

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Thai Airways International Halal Kitchen now Fully Certified

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Thai Airways International Halal Kitchen now Fully Certified

Responding to growing demand from thousands of Muslim travellers every
day, Thai Airways International has signed an MoU with the Islamic
Committee of Samut Prakarn Province to receive permission for usage of
the Halal Logo by the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand.

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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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