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And now it’s time for halal tourism

| 06/11/2007 | Reply
And now it’s time for halal tourism

The WTM report is available here

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Fish gelatin could be economically beneficial

| 06/11/2007 | Reply
Fish gelatin could be economically beneficial

The question of Halal and Kosher gelatin is being promoted by Joe Regenstein at Cornell University.
Regenstein, head of the Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, said 99 percent of the 272,500 tons of gelatin produced in 2003 came from pork or non-religiously slaughtered beef. Clearly, with 2 billion Halal consumers, there is a potential market for fish-based gelatin products.
“When we talk about globalization, the fact that we don’t talk about
halal foods in most cases is a major oversight,” Regenstein said.

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UK International Airlines begins Halal flights to Pakistan

| 31/10/2007 | Reply
UK International Airlines begins Halal flights to Pakistan

The airline, which was formed in 2005
and is based in Sheffield, will operate flights twice a week from
Nottingham to Islamabad via Sharjah. A unique feature of the airline was the serving of halal
meals and non-alcoholic drinks on flights. This new move reinforces the fact that Halal has an important role to play in the food service industry.

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Malaysia to produce first ‘halal’ meningitis vaccine

| 27/10/2007 | 1 Reply
Malaysia to produce first ‘halal’ meningitis vaccine

Malaysia said Thursday it plans to develop a
“halal” meningitis vaccine jointly with Cuba within the next two years. This may the first of many steps to develop a full selection of Halal pharmaceutical products.

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Aussie plan to push for halal standard rejected

| 10/10/2007 | Reply
Aussie plan to push for halal standard rejected

The issue of developing international Halal standards continues to appear in all corners of the world. This issue was recently brought up in the Australian parliament, to use the Australian Government Muslim Slaughter (AGMS) programme as an international benchmark, but it was rejected.

We expect to see some further initiatives on international standards coming up under the OIC umbrella in the near future.

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Halal skincare launched in the UK

| 09/10/2007 | Reply
Halal skincare launched in the UK


Halo Skincare was launched a fortnight ago by Soni Zuberi Shah, after
her own search for trusted halal skincare products revealed that there
was very little choice in the UK market for those wishing to make a
faith-based skincare purchase.

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Rochdale Subway goes halal

| 09/10/2007 | Reply
Rochdale Subway goes halal

Sandwich franchise Subway continue their rollout of Halal outlets catering to the UK Muslim community.

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Halal grants for new businesses in UK

| 30/09/2007 | Reply
Halal grants for new businesses in UK

UK’s Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB) has joined forces with a Bolton business
support network to boost halal enterprises in the region. This demonstrates the increasing awareness of the significance of the Muslim minority in the UK, and thre role played within the local economy. This trend, already visible in multi-cultural countries like Malaysia, is expected to increase.

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Al Islami Foods sets up European hub to reach $16 billion

| 28/09/2007 | Reply
Al Islami Foods sets up European hub to reach $16 billion

UAE Halal food producer Al Islami Foods has set up its European hub, after
signing a strategic joint venture with UK-based foodservice distributor
3663 First for Foodservice. If Al Islami, with their ‘no grey areas’
policy regarding Halal integrity, can establish a strong European
presence, this will be a big step forward for their expansion ambitions.

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Turkey misses out on $2.1 trillion halal market

| 26/09/2007 | Reply
Turkey misses out on $2.1 trillion halal market

Turkey’s moved to develop Halal standards, and play a significant role in the Halal market are – perhaps predictably – beset with difficulties. Finding the balance between Islamic and secular issues, as far as Halal is concerned, is likely to be a delicate balancing act. If they cannot resolve this issue, they will find themselves falling behind as more countries develop national Halal standards. Whether this issue can be resolved under the OIC umbrella remains to be seen.

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Aussies work on first global halal brand

| 24/09/2007 | Reply
Aussies work on first global halal brand

A GROUP of Victorian businesses are working with the Government
of Brunei to develop the world’s first global halal brand. This initiative is poised to be the first realistic cross-border collaboration that may actually go beyond the talking stage. The coming year will be critical, to get some results before the Brunei Halal Expo in August 2008.

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American Companies Aim Advertising at Muslim Americans

| 20/09/2007 | Reply
American Companies Aim Advertising at Muslim Americans

A
recent study by the nation’s largest advertising firm shows that the
Muslim American community has an estimated purchasing power of about
$170 billion. JWT Advertising conducted the study, and it is now
working with a wide variety of companies to develop strategies to
attract Muslim American customers.

Expect to see more of this…

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$4.3m Halal poultry project in Armm yet to start

| 18/09/2007 | Reply
$4.3m Halal poultry project in Armm yet to start

The establishment of the P200 million poultry
project in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao hinges on the
region’s readiness to issue certification compliant with Malaysian
standards. This project, under the BIMP-EAGA programme, has been threatening to get off the ground for years. It appears that the latest hitch is getting JAKIM to approve their certification process, something that may take a while…

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Canada backs halal industry in Mindanao

| 18/09/2007 | Reply
Canada backs halal industry in Mindanao

The Canadian International Development Agency, through the Private
Enterprise Accelerated Resource Linkages Phase 2 project (Pearl2), and
the Armm Business Council (ABC) have forged a memorandum of
understanding to boost support to the halal thrusts of the region.

It remains to be seen just what this will turn into, but with Canadian beef now increasingly cleared for overseas markets, Halal is becoming an important market for them. With the recent creation of the Canadian Halal Exporters Alliance, can we expect to see Canada focusing on a Halal awareness drive? If they mounted a successful campaign, it could potentially position Canadian meat up there with Aussie beef, the current choice for premium meat in the Halal market, especially in the lucrative GCC region.


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Janan Meats Halal success

| 16/09/2007 | Reply
Janan Meats Halal success

This is an example of a Halal company being given a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ by an independent international auditing company which has used a Halal standard set out by the UK Halal Corporation compatible with the BRC Global Standard.



More and more these big companies will get involved in the auditing of these Halal firms to give them international credibility above their local Halal certification.

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Asda Go Halal In Time For Ramadan

| 12/09/2007 | Reply
Asda Go Halal In Time For Ramadan

British
Muslim community is bracing itself for a real sweet treat in time for
Ramadan as 30 Asda stores across the UK are gearing up to launch a
range of halal chocolate bars. Expect to see more competition among the major retail chains as they target the Halal consumers in the UK…and elsewhere.

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Halal Market Intelligence Newsletter, September 07

| 07/09/2007 | Reply
Halal Market Intelligence Newsletter, September 07

The latest Halal Market Intelligence Newsletter has an in-depth reflection on the Halal Expo and Conference in Brunei, including their new Halal standards and auditing guidelines, as well as an article on Canada’s new Halal market initiative, the Canadian Halal Exporters Alliance. Also details on a HalalFocus partner event in Adu Dhabi in December 07, the Halal World Expo & Conference

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Halal and Kosher options on the rise

| 02/09/2007 | Reply
Halal and Kosher options on the rise

Halal and kosher options in Western public institutions like schools, universities, hospitals and prisons are continually in the news. Further proof of Halal entering the mainstream…and on this issue, the Muslims and Jews have a shared common interest.

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Roll over hot dogs, the shawarma has arrived

| 31/08/2007 | Reply
Roll over hot dogs, the shawarma has arrived

Halal street vendors have been around in New York for years…and now they are making moves on Washington DC. Hot dogs, make way for the future…the shawarma has landed.

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Religious slaughter most humane?

| 10/08/2007 | Reply
Religious slaughter most humane?

The
Muslim Council of Britain and the London Muslim Centre jointly
organised a seminar on ‘Religious Slaughter – Halal and Humane’ on
Friday July 26. Guest speaker, Joe Regenstein, Professor of Food
Sciences at Cornell University believes that religious slaughter will in the future prove to be the most humane method – if someone does the research correctly.

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