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Ottawa urging Canadian food producers to explore global halal market

| 15/01/2008 | Reply
Ottawa urging Canadian food producers to explore global halal market

A growing appetite for halal products around the globe
has prompted the Canadian government to encourage businesses to taste
the market for these foods.

Canada has so far failed to make much
of an impression in the international market for products that respect
Islamic dietary laws – also known as halal. Yet Ottawa estimates the halal industry to be worth between US$500 billion and $2 trillion worldwide.

Now
government trade experts and industry insiders alike are warning
Canadian businesses they can ill afford to ignore the demographic
trends feeding increasing demand for halal and kosher products.

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Halal Vending machines – why not?

| 14/01/2008 | Reply
Halal Vending machines – why not?

Kosher
Vending Industries, based in New York State, operates Hot Nosh machines
that serve up hot, kosher snacks such as hot dogs, cheese pizza,
mozzarella sticks and potato knish. Albany-based Organic Vending stocks
their machines with organic and natural snacks as well as gluten-free
foods, and the company is eyeing possible expansion into Canada. Why not Halal vending machines?

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Halal food in US schools?

| 13/01/2008 | Reply
Halal food in US schools?

The
powerful US Senate is likely to witness a bill from Democrat Senator
John Sabini, who is pursuing to ensure ‘halal food’ for Muslim students
in schools of the city and the state as well. “The ‘Halal Food
Bill’ will be placed before the State Senate shortly,” John said at a
fund-raising meeting in the city on Thursday.

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Filmmakers Turn Lens On Ozone Park Halal Shop

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Filmmakers Turn Lens On Ozone Park Halal Shop

A new documentary film, “A Son’s Sacrifice” looks at the life and times of Madani Halal on 94th Street in Ozone Park. The film, which runs for 30 minutes, will air on WNET (Channel 13) on Jan. 25.

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The Challenge To Achieve The Brunei Vision

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
The Challenge To Achieve The Brunei Vision

Brunei’s current vision to diversify their economy away from dependence on the oil and gas income involves the development of three key niche areas – Islamic Finance, the Halal Industry and Eco-Tourism.

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Canadian vitamin firm wins kosher and halal approval

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Canadian vitamin firm wins kosher and halal approval

A
Laval firm specializing in research and development of medicine for
pregnant women says it has become the first pharmaceutical company in
the country to receive both kosher and halal certification for a
prescription drug.

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Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

Ceratti,
a traditional Brazilian maker of mortadella, has developed a light
mortadella that, since 2005, has been certified halal by the Muslim
Federation. The stamp has already guaranteed growth of 35% in the
volume of company sales of the product.

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GCC Region pushes for Halal committee

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
GCC Region pushes for Halal committee


A new committee will be formed to establish guidelines of the Muslim World League on Halal slaughter and food production. The responsibilities of the new committee will include the development
and implementation of educational programmes for manufacturers on the
approved guidelines for Halal slaughter and processing.

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Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

São Paulo – The Arab countries buy 30% of Brazilian poultry exports.
“It is the most important and traditional market for exports from
Brazil. We have been present in the market for more than 35 years now,”
said to ANBA the president at the Brazilian Poultry Exporters
Association (Abef), Christian Lohbauer. In 2007, sales to the Middle
East totalled over US$ 1 billion.

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Muslims, Arab Americans are big players in economy

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Muslims, Arab Americans are big players in economy

Arab Americans and Muslims account for nearly 6% of the workforce and earn between $5.4 billion and $7.7 billion a year in southeast Michigan, according to a Wayne State University report. The retail purchasing power of the US Muslim community continues to be an unrecognised force, but we expect to see this oversight changing in the short to mid-term.

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Kosher food label fastest grower in US consumer market

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Kosher food label fastest grower in US consumer market

“Kosher”
was the most frequently used claim on products launched in the US this
year, according to figures from a global products database. The “Kosher” label beat out “All Natural” and “No Additives or
Preservatives,” which were among the other most popular claims found on
products in 2007, according to figures from Mintel’s Global New
Products Database, which monitors worldwide product innovation in
consumer packaged goods markets.

This past year, 3,984 new kosher food products and 728 kosher beverages were launched. Given that the US Muslim population is approximately double the Jewish population – and growing as opposed to shrinking – we can get some idea of the staggering room for growth in the US Halal market.

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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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