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Al Islami Foods acquires chunk of ‘Al Farooj Fresh’ chain

| 20/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods acquires chunk of ‘Al Farooj Fresh’ chain

Reinforcing its
leading position, Al Islami Foods today announced acquiring a major
share in Al Farooj Fresh, a UAE based restaurant chain. The move
propels Al Islami into a strong position in the fast growing and
profitable hospitality segment of the UAE, starting with freshly baked
and wholesome fresh Shawerma wraps, a new global healthy trend in the
fast food industry.

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Islamic hotel review: Tamani, Dubai Marina

| 18/02/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotel review: Tamani, Dubai Marina

The 55 storey Tamani deluxe serviced apartment hotel in the Dubai Marina opened this week, the first of four upcoming Islamic hotels in Dubai operated by KM Holding, part of the Al Rostamani Group.

‘This
is a market niche and hotels in such niches actually tend to do even
better than standard hotels,’ said Khalid A. bin Sulayem, director
general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing at
the launch today.

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Plans to issue standards on halal hit snag

| 18/02/2008 | Reply
Plans to issue standards on halal hit snag

AN INTERAGENCY BODY IS SET TO come out next month with standards on
the production of halal food amid efforts of food manufacturers to take
advantage of the $200-billion global market.

However, an official of the Jakarta-based World Halal Council said
the guidelines were “localized” and not up to the requirements for
internationally accepted food for Muslims.

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Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

About 130 participants consisting industry players, government
agencies as well academicians attended the World Halal Forum Halal Industry dialogue in The Hague where they got an
insight into the prospects of developing the halal industry in the
Netherlands and using it as a springboard to the European countries.



Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC)’s chief
executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin said, Malaysia needs to rebrand its halal concept first before tapping the lucrative European market.
Surprisingly, he noted that most participants were non-Muslims, a
clear indication halal products have certainly garnered attention in
the Dutch market.

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Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

Changing the mindset of the Dutch
about the virtues of halal food, though tough, is still a worthwhile
pursuit as the Netherlands is not only a lucrative market, but a
potential gateway for such products from Malaysia to Europe.

The Hague city Vice Mayor, Henk Kool, said it was possible to
change the perception of the Dutch as “they are open-minded and can be
very enthusiastic about the goodness of halal foods.” Currently, there is a perception among the Dutch that halal food
is only for Muslims. “You have to change that perception,” he said.

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On a More Positive Note from Iraq..

| 15/02/2008 | Reply
On a More Positive Note from Iraq..

A US veterinarian and Army major working with an embedded
reconstruction team, Jessica McCoy, is helping poultry farmers regroup.
Through the association, said McCoy, Iraqi farmers are learning how
to raise a quality chicken without any noticeable blemishes. “We are
aiming for the ‘high-end’ poultry market,” said McCoy. “There is a
strong market for fresh (not frozen) poultry slaughtered according to
the halal method that has been raised without hormones or other
‘chemical additives.’”
Even in war torn Iraq people are prepared to pay top price for quality products.

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Half The World Is Here

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Half The World Is Here

Want
to know how a city grows? Watch what it eats. Cleveland, long a bastion
of pierogis (or piroshke or pyrohy, depending on which side of what
Eastern European border your great-grandmother traveled from), is now
enriched by a conflation of Arabic, African and Asian tastes – all of
whom have among them the commonality of a fast-growing religion, Islam.

Just as the Kosher deli became a part of American life, slowly the Halal stores with their range of ethnic foods are expanding their customer base to satisfy the needs of the multicultural neighbourhoods in American cities.

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Al Islami demonstrates lucrative franchise model at Global Village

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami demonstrates lucrative franchise model at Global Village

After
the successful launch of Al Islami Cart franchise model in the UAE last
year, in collaboration with Muhammad Bin Rashid Establishment for Young
Business Leaders (SME), UAE National franchisees are currently
benefiting from this lucrative business model at Global Village
.

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Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

Bilal Gourmet Foods BV, a
Malaysian-Dutch company, is making inroads into the vastly potential
European market for halal products where demand is exceeding supply.

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Jakim’s halal lab to be ready by 2011

| 13/02/2008 | Reply
Jakim’s halal lab to be ready by 2011

The
ever-increasing demand for halal products has spurred the Islamic
Development Department (Jakim) in Malaysia to set up a multi-million ringgit
laboratory that is able to carry out sophisticated and advanced tests
to determine the halal worthiness of any product. 

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Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

| 12/02/2008 | Reply
Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

Rising consumption from affluent global Muslim populations will
drive Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd’s double digit sales growth over that of
last year, according to a local brokerage.
Middle Eastern
countries have been accumulating wealth over the past five years due to
surging crude oil prices and this is expected to spur demand for
consumer products and consequently, robust growth for the relatively
untapped halal food segment.

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Dietary laws go to college

| 10/02/2008 | Reply
Dietary laws go to college

The trend to offer kosher and Halal dietary options at Universities in the US continues to increase. This is a potentially attractive opportunity for food service and vending machine companies able to fill this gap, and we expect to see this trend continue. It is also an area where the Jews and the Muslims seem to find cooperation useful and relatively easy.

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Al Islami Foods: Sales Grow 40% in 2007

| 09/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods: Sales Grow 40% in 2007

“With our channel wise focused strategy in the region, 2007 was a
milestone year in the history of Al Islami Foods, with solid
contributions from all business segments and extraordinary efforts of
the team. Al Islami signals another year of excellence as it
consolidates its leadership position, sets quality benchmarks for the
halal-food industry and contribution to the development of the national
economy.” said Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chief Executive Officer of Al
Islami Foods.

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TRENDS… food in the United Arab Emirates

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
TRENDS… food in the United Arab Emirates

This is an excellent market report prepared by
Agri-Food Program Section,



Consulate of Canada, Dubai, UAE. Very thoroughly researched, it will be of benefit to read for anyone considering doing business within this region. Up to date information on all sectors looking to be involved in Halal.

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Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

The Philippines continues to develop their Halal industry, and the drafting of the Philippine National Standard on Halal Guidelines is the latest move. Being free from bird-flu is also a distinct advantage, and if they can get sufficient investment and start to produce to general international food standards, they could emerge as significant Halal industry players in the South east Asian region.

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Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Monday said the poultry business
suffered billions of rupees loss on account of panic in consumers
caused by, what he called, a propaganda of Bird Flu.

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LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

Haj operator Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is looking at investing
up to RM300 million initially in syariah-compliant equities in the Asia
Pacific, ex-Japan, this year as it simultaneously seeks to leverage on
local companies to become a global halal food producer. LTH chief executive
officer Datuk Ismee Ismail said the organisation was eyeing equities in
syariah-compliant industries, including food, in markets such as Kuwait
and Australia.

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Animal Welfare Groups call on Federal Agriculture Minister to Stop Slaughter Without Stunning

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Animal Welfare Groups call on Federal Agriculture Minister to Stop Slaughter Without Stunning

ANIMAL welfare groups have called on federal Agriculture Minister Tony
Burke to halt the slaughter by throat slitting of up to 4000 sheep a
week at four Victorian abattoirs for new kosher exports, which began
last month. The
previous agriculture minister Peter McGauran announced a review of the
standard for ritual slaughter in August last year after The Age
revealed animals were being slaughtered without stunning for halal meat
exports. The review will examine the
science of how much suffering this causes to conscious animals and
whether the practice is inhumane.


Let’s hope that this review is made public.

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Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

A masterplan for the Malaysian halal industry
will be presented to the government by end of this month, the chief
executive officer of Halal Industry Development Corporation, Datuk
Jamil Bidin, said today at the launch of the World Halal Forum 2008. Jamil said that the masterplan was a comprehensive blueprint
encompassing a three-year roadmap for the development of the country’s
halal industry which is rapidly expanding.

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Brunei exports closer

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Brunei exports closer

The Religious Council of
Brunei is soon expected to authorise commencement of a Halal
accreditation process for interested Australian companies wanting to be
a part of the global Brunei Halal Brand.
The opportunity for Ararat
producers to export Halal certified grain, meat and other products to
Brunei is about to move a step closer.

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