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UAE: Al Nasser, Minor Food form JV to foray into food, beverage business

| 20/07/2013 | Reply
UAE: Al Nasser, Minor Food form JV to foray into food, beverage business

Minor Food currently operates brands, including The Pizza, Thai Express, The Coffee Club, Riverside, Ribs & Rumps, Swensen’s, Dairy Queen, Sizzler and Burger King in 17 countries across Asia.

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Germany: HALAL EXPO STUTTGART celebrates its premiere in 2014

| 18/07/2013 | Reply
Germany: HALAL EXPO STUTTGART celebrates its premiere in 2014

The new HALAL EXPO STUTTGART Messe Stuttgart is starting the first trade fair for Islamic products and services in the German-speaking world. The premie?re takes place from 25 to 27 May 2014.

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Israel summons Polish ambassador over kosher ban

| 17/07/2013 | Reply
Israel summons Polish ambassador over kosher ban

Poland’s agricultural minister, Stanislaw Kalemba said in Brussels, however, that the government would challenge the vote in parliament last Friday, upholding a decision by the Constitutional Court in December 2013.

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Russia: New products from Thailand will be presented to Tatarstan

| 16/07/2013 | Reply
Russia: New products from Thailand will be presented  to Tatarstan

SD GOODY FOOD company will be presenting these new products at EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013, such as coconut oil and powder, exotic curry sauces, and biocosmetics with natural components.

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UK: Brunei Halal targets $381m in 3 years from UK retail foray

| 16/07/2013 | Reply
UK: Brunei Halal targets $381m in 3 years from UK retail foray

A premium halal food business backed by the Brunei government is set to make its supermarket debut – and has announced ambitions to become a £200m brand within three years.

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Malaysia: MOA Issues Licence To 34 Companies To Import Chicken Immediately

| 15/07/2013 | Reply
Malaysia:  MOA Issues Licence To 34 Companies To Import Chicken Immediately

The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) has issued licence with immediate effect to 34 companies to import chicken from producing countries, such as China, Thailand, Australia and the EU.

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UAE: Halal Congress Middle East to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from 16 to 18 December 2013

| 15/07/2013 | Reply
UAE: Halal Congress Middle East to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from 16 to 18 December 2013

It will be organized alongside the 2nd OIC Halal Middle East Exhibition which is held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

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UK: Halal wholesale business turns to franchise shops

| 15/07/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal wholesale business turns to franchise shops

The family-run business is set to open five franchise shops by the end of the year, all expecting a turnover of around £50,000 per week. Tariq Sheikh is a well-known figure in the halal industry and currently runs the business.

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UAE: Kohinoor Foods to sell 20% stake in Dubai JV

| 14/07/2013 | Reply
UAE: Kohinoor Foods to sell 20% stake in Dubai JV

Kohinoor Foods (KFL), one of India’s largest basmati rice and ready-to- eat foodstuff producers, plans to sell 20 per cent stake at Rs 160 a share in its Dubai joint venture, Rich Rice Raisers Factory.

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EU: Polish parliament rejects ritual animal slaughter

| 13/07/2013 | Reply
EU: Polish parliament rejects ritual animal slaughter

Poland’s parliament on Friday rejected the ritual slaughter of livestock for food, angering the Jewish community as well as farmers and exporters of meat towards Israel and Muslim countries.

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Taiwan eyeing Muslim market to boost exports

| 13/07/2013 | Reply
Taiwan eyeing Muslim market to boost exports

Business opportunities, TAITRA said, lie in not only the food sector, but also other commodities such as Islamic swimwear for women, prayer rugs, garments that make people feel cool and smartphones installed with the Quran.

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Pakistan: Halal search engine launched

| 11/07/2013 | Reply
Pakistan: Halal search engine launched

The site, Halalgoogling, sources results from popular engines such as Google and Bing but its built-in filtering system blocks haram – or prohibited – content.

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Philippines: UAE examines PHL’s readiness to export frozen poultry

| 11/07/2013 | Reply
Philippines: UAE examines PHL’s readiness to export frozen poultry

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has conducted an audit of the certification system being implemented by the Philippines to find out whether local producers are ready to supply halal-certified frozen chicken.

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EU: Poles divided over religious slaughter of animals

| 10/07/2013 | Reply
EU: Poles divided over religious slaughter of animals

Lawmakers will vote Friday on a government draft law that would reinstate religious slaughter provided it is done only in slaughterhouses and excludes certain forms of immobilizing the animal.

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Ireland: Irish meat industry celebrates end of Gulf export ban

| 10/07/2013 | Reply
Ireland: Irish meat industry celebrates end of Gulf export ban

The Irish beef industry has received a much-needed vote of confidence after the lifting of an export ban from the Gulf region. The GCC has lifted the ban introduced over a decade ago on exports of both sheep and beef.

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Opinion: Ramadan Business A Boon In Islamic Market

| 10/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Ramadan Business A Boon In Islamic Market

As the Muslim community expands a growing number of Islam-related businesses are launching around the nation. They sell everything from clothing, music and makeup to toys, frozen dinners and cookbooks.

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Patients must be informed about Halal drugs, Turkish doctor says

| 09/07/2013 | Reply
Patients must be informed about Halal drugs, Turkish doctor says

Drugs prospectuses should involve data about whether they are halal, and patients should be made aware of that data by doctors, according to a surgeon in Turkey’s Aegean province of Afyonkarahisar.

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Opinion: Polish Up Your Act – Halal Nail Polish?

| 09/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion:  Polish Up Your Act – Halal Nail Polish?

Polish cosmetics brand Inglot developed its breathable nail polish three years ago, but not with the Muslim market in mind. “It’s a health thing,” said Maha. “If you wear nail polish all the time then air can’t get to your nails, and it’s not good for them.”

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Opinion: United Halal-Islamic finance sector to build USD4trn empire

| 09/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion: United Halal-Islamic finance sector to build USD4trn empire

An interview with Rushdi Siddiqui who has launched Azka Capital, a private equity advisory firm focused on halal industry initiatives with Islamic financing. He believes these industries have much in common, but hardly communicate with each other.

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Malaysia: Poland Hopes To Penetrate Malaysia’s Halal Industry

| 09/07/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Poland Hopes To Penetrate Malaysia’s Halal Industry

Poland hopes to cooperate with Malaysia to penetrate the country’s halal industry in line with the latter’s inspiration to become a halal hub in this region.

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