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The Story Behind The Stuff: Consumers’ Growing Interest In “Real” Products

| 18/10/2012 | Reply
The Story Behind The Stuff: Consumers’ Growing Interest In “Real” Products

There is a powerful urge to get in touch with what they believe is a more “real” world, and it’s leading us to a place where signs of realness take on greater value.

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Dubai: Food industry feeding economy

| 17/10/2012 | Reply
Dubai: Food industry feeding economy

With food security becoming an increasingly important issue globally, and in the arid Middle East in particular, Dubai appears to have positioned itself to play an important role in meeting the most basic needs of the region.

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A Day in the Life of a Mobile Food Mogul

| 13/10/2012 | Reply
A Day in the Life of a Mobile Food Mogul

In his book, The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business, author David Weber offers step-by-step advice on developing, starting and operating a successful food truck business.

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Richard Gere Open to Film to Counter Islamophobia After ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Controversy

| 12/10/2012 | Reply
Richard Gere Open to Film to Counter Islamophobia After ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Controversy

The actor, 63, told journalists he was open to shooting any movie which helped present Muslims in a more positive light after the damage caused by Innocence of Muslims.
“If there was a good script that was presenting the Arab world, the world of Islam, the culture of Islam, then, yes of course I would be interested,” Gere said.

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USA: Controversies over Mosques and Islamic centres

| 27/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Controversies over Mosques and Islamic centres

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life have published the results of their latest survey, with interactive map, about proposed mosques and other community centers that have encountered some form of resistance.

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USA: Exporting Halal – opportunity and responsibility

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Exporting Halal – opportunity and responsibility

US companies are now starting to take notice of the monumental opportunities to expand their markets to the Middle East and South East Asia. “It is not enough to wait for regulators to enforce rules. It is up to Halal food producers to set the standards”

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Alcohol-free red wine may aid high blood pressure

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
Alcohol-free red wine may aid high blood pressure

Alcohol-free red wine may help to lower blood pressure levels to a greater extent than wine containing alcohol, according to new research that suggests the alcohol-free drink could cut heart disease and stroke risks.

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It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

| 10/09/2012 | 2 Replies
It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

Over 10 billion animals are killed for food every year in the USA. The majority of them do not lead natural lives; they are raised, killed and processed with more of an eye on the bottom line than on the animal’s welfare. Isn’t it time we started asking ourselves how the animal lived, not just how it died?

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Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

| 07/09/2012 | Reply
Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

At a time when the future of the euro is in doubt and millions are unemployed or underemployed with little cash to spare, a parallel economy is springing up in parts of Spain, allowing people to live outside the single currency.

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Opinion: Veganism and the rise of the Muslim Consumer

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Veganism and the rise of the Muslim Consumer

Whilst obviously you don’t have to be vegan to be Muslim you clearly do have to be just as discerning when buying products to keep to your moral/spiritual ideology. A commentary on the BBC’s ‘The Future is Halal’ programme.

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USA: Halal cover-ups: One designer takes on fashion world

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Halal cover-ups: One designer takes on fashion world

Designers love to push boundaries in the search for that sexy catwalk look, but Nzinga Knight, an American Muslim, takes an even more daring tack: covering her models up.

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Making a killing out of a food crisis

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Making a killing out of a food crisis

The United Nations, aid agencies and the British Government have lined up to attack the world’s largest commodities trading company, Glencore, after it described the current global food crisis and soaring world prices as a “good” business opportunity.

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Banking on the Hungry Poor

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Banking on the Hungry Poor

Market speculation in basic food commodities is illegal under Islamic Law. This is a market control mechanism to safeguard the poor, to keep basic food prices always within the reach of all members of the society. Speculation creates starvation.

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Barclays makes £500m betting on food crisis

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Barclays makes £500m betting on food crisis

Barclays has made as much as half a billion pounds in two years from speculating on food staples such as wheat and soya, prompting allegations that banks are profiting handsomely from the global food crisis.

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Bay Ridge Halal food vendor gets ‘Hero’ accolade in Vendy Awards

| 22/08/2012 | Reply
Bay Ridge Halal food vendor gets ‘Hero’ accolade in Vendy Awards

A Bay Ridge Halal food cart vendor beefing with neighborhood restaurant owners who want to ban the sale of sidewalk grub is now a foodie hero. Sammy Kassem, 21, was named the 2012 “Most Heroic Vendor” in the upcoming Vendy Awards.

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USA: Walmart opens its doors to Halal

| 08/08/2012 | 3 Replies
USA: Walmart opens its doors to Halal

Crescent Foods, the nations’ leading provider of Premium Halal Chicken is now supplying their quality products to a total of 77 Walmart Supercenter and Walmart Neighborhood Market locations across the USA

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USA: Halal specialist’s chickpea snacks hold health appeal

| 19/06/2012 | Reply
USA: Halal specialist’s chickpea snacks hold health appeal

US Halal specialist American Halal has launched a new chickpea snacks line under its Saffron Road brand that it says holds appeal to the ‘natural foods’ consumer as well as Muslims.

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UK: Islamic scholars reject machine slaughter

| 13/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Islamic scholars reject machine slaughter

Leading Islamic scholars have unanimously rejected the automated slaughter of halal poultry using machines with rotary blades, insisting each animal must be killed with a hand held knife.

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UK: Government to review non-stun slaughter

| 08/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Government to review non-stun slaughter

“The position of the government is absolutely clear. We would prefer to see all animals stunned before slaughter but we do respect the right for people to eat meat which is prepared in a way that reflects their religious beliefs and we will continue to allow religious slaughter.”

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7 Ways To Disrupt Your Industry

| 04/06/2012 | Reply
7 Ways To Disrupt Your Industry

The notion of disruption is an important one for anyone interested in market innovation. The Halal sector is really in need of some positive disruption, and there are some excellent points here that can be applied to the Halal industries…such as reducing complexity and being transparent.

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