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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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A Whole lot of Trouble?

| 07/08/2007 | Reply
A Whole lot of Trouble?

An interesting piece from New Zealand about environmental awareness and the food industry, from the NZ perspective. It is probably a good indication of where the healthfood sector is heading and how this will in turn put considerable demands on producers. Interesting to note that Halal lamb puts in an appearance at the chic end of the market.

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A Fatwa on Stunning

| 06/08/2007 | Reply
A Fatwa on Stunning

The question of stunning is coming under the spotlight again, (see the articles about the call to review Halal slaughter procedures in Australia). Here is a Fatwa from the Islamic Fiqh Council affiliated to the Muslim World League on the question as to whether it is permissible to eat meat from animals which have been stunned before slaughter.

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Marketing to Muslims – Food, fashion and faith

| 04/08/2007 | Reply
Marketing to Muslims – Food, fashion and faith

A new study by JWT, an advertising agency, points out that the
6m or so Muslims in America are, on average, richer and better educated
than the general population. Two-thirds of Muslim households make more
than $50,000 a year and a quarter earn over $100,000; the national
average is $42,000. Two-thirds of American Muslims have a college
degree, compared with less than half of the general population. Muslim
families also tend to have more children. So the perception that
marketing specifically to Muslims is not worthwhile would appear to be
wrong.

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Halal and Kosher Standards – Please!

| 03/08/2007 | Reply
Halal and Kosher Standards – Please!

A coherent and well-informed article from International Food Ingredients magazine will comments and opinions from many market stakeholders. The view that Halal and Kosher are well on the way to being standard operating procedures for market compliance and access is increasingly widely held. The call for standards and professional service goes on!

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US drives global kosher ingredient need

| 02/08/2007 | Reply
US drives global kosher ingredient need

The
growing kosher market is prompting manufacturers in countries without
much local demand to gain certification so they can export to the
high-potential US, and some are exporting continuous kosher production
to keep down costs. This is undoubtedly a trend that the Halal sector will follow, as confirmed by leading Halal food manufacturers comments that their main demand now is for Halal certified ingredients and additives. Ingredient makers take note!

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Why a Halal label is critical for major exporters

| 31/07/2007 | 1 Reply
Why a Halal label is critical for major exporters

 An in depth article from Dominique Patton exploring the expansion in the Halal market, and especially the need for Halal certification as a doorway to access export markets.

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EU to review all food additives

| 31/07/2007 | Reply
EU to review all food additives

The EU’s decision to review all food additives is likely to have a long-term and deep impact on the food industry. It is all still in its early stages, but initial results indicate that many additives currently in use are a cause for concern, and the old E number system may soon be a thing of the past. Smart Halal food manufacturers and ingredient producers please take note!

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Halal is the new hotdog

| 30/07/2007 | Reply
Halal is the new hotdog

The kind of food on offer from Manhattan’s street corner food carts, serving food on the go to New Yorkers around the clock, is a special kind of barometer reading, and is yet another zone where Halal food is making its mark. In fact, to the average New Yorker, ‘Halal’ has come to mean a tasty meat and rice dish served up with spices and secret white sauce, yours for $4.95.

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