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Consuming Islam – the Rise of the Halal Economy

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Consuming Islam – the Rise of the Halal Economy

“A vital characteristic of this flourishing capitalism is that is goes so much hand-in-hand with the resurgence of traditional Islamic belief. Those who live by Islam also demand Islamic goods; not just Halal food and headscarves, but Islamic housing, haute couture, banking, education, entertainment, media, consumer goods, and even vacations.”

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Could cities rely 100% on urban agriculture for their food?

| 15/09/2011 | Reply
Could cities rely 100% on urban agriculture for their food?

While urban agriculture has gained in popularity throughout U.S. cities, food imports from all around the world overwhelmingly feed our cities. But could that ever change? There are 2 articles here, one on a US study and the other an urban farm shop in inner London.

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US business mission eyes Saudi agro-food deals

| 12/09/2011 | Reply
US business mission eyes Saudi agro-food deals

The mission consists of top companies specializing in agricultural production, irrigation, livestock breeding, processed and halal food, organic fertilizers, soil treatment, animal feed and feed additives, land-use mapping, and low water use grass seeds.

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Muslim Travel to US on the Rise after Sharp Drop Post 9/11

| 07/09/2011 | Reply
Muslim Travel to US on the Rise after Sharp Drop Post 9/11

After a sharp decline following 9/11, Muslim travel to the US is on the rise, though not yet to pre 9/11 levels. Crescentrating, a Muslim lifestyle friendly travel portal and rating service, estimates this market to be $100 billion globally in 2010. Crescentrating is now expanding to cover hotels in the United States which will enable US hotels to tap into this lucrative niche travel market.

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Meningitis vaccine: CCP serves notice on pharma companies for using word ‘Halal

| 07/09/2011 | Reply
Meningitis vaccine: CCP serves notice on pharma companies for using word ‘Halal

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has served notices on pharmaceutical companies for advertising the vaccine for meningitis with “Halal” tag. Earlier, TheNetwork for Consumer Protection, a non-governmental organisation working for the rights of consumers, had staged a protest against the use of religion by some pharmaceutical companies including Swiss transnational firm Novartis to sell the vaccine with the tag of Halal

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Two Malaysian Firms Set To Establish Strong Foothold In The Netherlands

| 07/09/2011 | Reply
Two Malaysian Firms Set To Establish Strong Foothold In The Netherlands

Dewina Food Industries Sdn Bhd, popular with Halal food brand “Brahim’s” and green IT solutions provider, Basis Bay Group, have decided to expand their business operations to that European nation. Project Manager at Kuala Lumpur-based Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency Agnes Seah said the agency had assisted the firms to realise their ventures in the Netherlands.

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Al Islami, CNBC Arabia jointly organize Halal Market Forum 2011

| 29/08/2011 | Reply
Al Islami, CNBC Arabia jointly organize Halal Market Forum 2011

The industry experts who were invited to the forum include: Hamid Badawi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Al Islami Foods, Alaa Kamal, Head of Sales and Marketing of Midamar Middle East, a US based Halal food producer and Wahid Kandil, General Manager of Prairie Halal Foods Middle East, a Canada based halal food producer.

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Steve Jobs’s greatest legacy: persuading the world to pay for content

| 29/08/2011 | Reply
Steve Jobs’s greatest legacy: persuading the world to pay for content

Apple’s CEO always wanted to get something great to the customer without any obstacles – except that they should pay Ten years is, of course, a long time in media. Ten years ago, if you wanted to download some music, your best bet was Napster or one of the filesharing systems such as LimeWire or […]

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TV’s future looks long and strong

| 29/08/2011 | Reply
TV’s future looks long and strong

By Torin Douglas Media correspondent, BBC News Remember all those stories saying “TV is dead”? Google is full of them – about 949,000, according to its own calculation. “TV is dead. Long live the internet,” proclaimed a Guardian headline just a couple of months ago. Yet what once seemed the conventional wisdom now looks premature […]

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‘Google Needs TV’, Chairman Will Tell Broadcasters in Edinburgh

| 23/08/2011 | Reply
‘Google Needs TV’, Chairman Will Tell Broadcasters in Edinburgh

When Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt gives the MacTaggart lecture to an audience of television executives in Edinburgh on Friday, the first person from outside the broadcasting sector to do so, he will deliver a positive message: ‘Google (NSDQ: GOOG) needs you’.

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New media gains offer mutual benefits for television

| 23/08/2011 | Reply
New media gains offer mutual benefits for television

Since 2006 the amount of television viewed by an average UK citizen has risen every year. Between May 2010 and May 2011 that rise was 6%, taking daily consumption to more than four hours per day. And despite everything else – iPlayer, YouTube, personal video recorders (PVRs), Facebook, tablets, you name it – 90% of that total is being done on conventionally scheduled television channels. In the UK at least, conventional television has proved extraordinarily resilient. It remains, in Deloitte’s words, a “super medium”.

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Saffron Road to Serve Muslim Consumers During Ramadan

| 21/07/2011 | Reply
Saffron Road to Serve Muslim Consumers During Ramadan

It is not often that brands and retailers in the U.S. acknowledge American Muslim consumers and their major holidays, but occasionally when they do, they see first hand an outpouring of support from that community.

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Dutch lawmakers to debate ritual slaughter ban

| 23/06/2011 | Reply
Dutch lawmakers to debate ritual slaughter ban

Netherlands (AP) — Centrist Dutch lawmakers worked behind the scenes Wednesday to amend legislation that would outlaw centuries-old Jewish and Muslim traditions of slaughtering animals. Facing a backlash from Islamic supporters for supporting the law change, the Labor Party has said it wants “to improve the legislation in certain areas.” The party has not revealed […]

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Bangladesh: Bengal Meat basks in Halal boom

| 16/06/2011 | Reply
Bangladesh: Bengal Meat basks in Halal boom

Bengal Meat Processing Industries, an internationally certified meat producer and exporter, expects to ring up Tk 400 million in overseas sales this year by doubling its halal meat export. The company was recently awarded halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development, Malaysia (JAKIM), which allows it to export processed meat to any halal market around the world.

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UK: New Halal meat group formed

| 16/06/2011 | Reply
UK: New Halal meat group formed

Members of the halal meat industry have formed a new association non-stun Abattoir owners. Mohammed Akram Gill (Director of Pak Mecca Meats Birmingham) and the chairman of Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs Ltd, said “This was long overdue the non-stun halal industry was without a voice.

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Saffron Road introduces 8 new products to Whole Foods

| 16/06/2011 | Reply
Saffron Road introduces 8 new products to Whole Foods

Saffron Road™, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., will begin shipping eight additional All Natural, Antibiotic-Free, Hormone-Free, Halal Certified frozen foods to Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) stores nationally in June 2011.

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USA: Natural and Organic F&B expected to grow

| 15/06/2011 | Reply
USA: Natural and Organic F&B expected to grow

U.S. retail sales of natural and organic foods and beverages expected to grow 103% between 2010 and 2015, with annual sales exceeding US$78B in 2015: Packaged Facts

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The Growth of the Halal Market in USA

| 13/06/2011 | 1 Reply
The Growth of the Halal Market in USA

With a population of eight to 10 million Muslims in the United States, plus more than one billion overseas, the Islamic market represents a vast, potentially lucrative market for any company involved in the food industry. The challenge, however, is in providing food that both tastes good and is appropriate for the target population.

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Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry and the media

| 06/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry and the media

Latest thoughts from Rushdi Siddiqui, thought leader and Global Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters, on the convergence of Islamic Finance and the Halal industry.

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Change is essential to attract the best talent

| 24/04/2011 | Reply
Change is essential to attract the best talent

Banks must take up projects that will bring smiles into the lives of people in order to connect with today’s generation. Unless Islamic finance is made relevant to young people, it will struggle to gain popularity and grow in strength in the future.

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