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Brunei: Yingluck holds closed-door meeting with Sultan of Brunei

| 12/09/2011 | Reply
Brunei: Yingluck holds closed-door meeting with Sultan of Brunei

Before leaving Bangkok, Yingluck said she expected to discuss with the sultan ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, including the exchange of knowledge on agriculture and halal food.

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USA: Iowa Muslims say 9/11 backlash is real and hurtful

| 11/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Iowa Muslims say 9/11 backlash is real and hurtful

Following 9/11, long-standing relationships eased unwarranted backlash for Muslims in Iowa, but the same hasn’t held true elsewhere, members of the Islamic community say. “Prior to 9/11, Islam was never viewed as a threat,” said Bill Aossey, 69, of Cedar Rapids, president of Midamar Corp. “Why, after Sept. 11, because of the acts of a few individuals, has the administration demonized a billion and a half people around the world?”

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Australia: Yes We Can

| 11/09/2011 | Reply
Australia: Yes We Can

Sydney’s The Jewish House has launched its annual drive to collect food for the needy with a record 25 Coles Supermarkets participating across Sydney…and has introduced the al-Ghazzali Centre as a new partner for Halal food contributions for Muslims in need.

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Turkey: 4th Int’l Halal and Nutritious Food Conference

| 11/09/2011 | Reply
Turkey:  4th Int’l Halal and Nutritious Food Conference

The 4th International Halal and Nutritious Food Conference will be held on the 13-14 October 2011 in Istanbul simultaneously with the Halal & Healthy Products Fair by GIMDES with the theme “Importance of a global single standard for increasing Halal food trade”.

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USA: Tapping a Growing Halal Market

| 09/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Tapping a Growing Halal Market

Global Islamic finance is now considered to be a nearly $1 trillion industry, while as of last year, the worldwide halal market was worth an estimated $630 billion. The growth of these industries has spurred some investors to develop new financial products that combine bits of both, including halal food indices and equity funds.

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Malaysia: HALFEST launch for new Halal exhibition in KL for local companies

| 09/09/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: HALFEST launch for new Halal exhibition in KL for local companies

Malaysia expects the processed halal food and beverages industry to achieve a double-digit export figure next year from the RM8.2 billion recorded in 2010. HALFEST held in October will assist local companies to strengthen product branding and halal services offered.

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USA: The $700 Million Yogurt Startup

| 09/09/2011 | Reply
USA: The $700 Million Yogurt Startup

In a scant four years, Hamdi Ulukaya has built something that even Silicon Valley types should covet: a $700 million business that’s profitable, dominant and growing at a furious clip.

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Halal Beauty – The Next steps

| 09/09/2011 | Reply
Halal Beauty – The Next steps

Being able to choose Halal when it comes to cosmetic purchases is still a relatively new concept with the vast majority of brands yet to celebrate their fifth birthday. So far it looks like Halal cosmetics fit very neatly (at least on a scientific level) alongside other Natural, Environmentally conscious, pure and animal-testing free cosmetic ranges. So do we need Halal personal care?

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Opinion: The Ramadan Season is over – so what now for Muslim brands?

| 08/09/2011 | Reply
Opinion: The Ramadan Season is over – so what now for Muslim brands?

In the UAE consumption shot up by 30 per cent on the eve of Ramadan. Some $2.2bn was spent on advertising in Ramadan in 2010. Some companies use as much as 78 per cent of their advertising budgets during this time. But once Ramadan and Eid have passed – then what?

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Malaysia: CIMB Islamic to add 19% to group loans

| 06/09/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: CIMB Islamic to add 19% to group loans

“We are looking for credible companies with credible business plans. If they fulfill all the relevant requirements, we will support them whether in the Halal industry or anywhere else,” CEO Badlisyah Abdul ghani said after the signing ceremony between Majlis Amanah Rakyat and Shapers (M) Sdn Bhd yesterday to collaborate on the Halal Fiesta (Halfest).

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Brunei Halal Brand to expand product range

| 04/09/2011 | Reply
Brunei Halal Brand to expand product range

Food brand, the Brunei Halal brand, is expected to expand its range of products by early November. At the moment, the new products are undergoing the final stages of halal certification. They are slated to start production in October.

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UAE: “Halal market witnessing significant growth worldwide

| 03/09/2011 | Reply
UAE: “Halal market witnessing significant growth worldwide

Al Islami, Chief Executive Deputy, Hamid Badawi, stressed on the importance of creating global standards for the “Halal” industry as a step towards transforming it to a global economic power. He said that “creating legislation to regulate the global “Halal” industry is one of the most prominent factors that enhance the performance of this growing sector worldwide”.

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Opinion: Uncommon alliances: Muslim and Jew, left and right

| 02/09/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Uncommon alliances: Muslim and Jew, left and right

In October, the Dutch Senate will consider the ban on ritual slaughter enacted by the parliament’s lower house in June 2011. Self-described as “an institution that pays little heed to ideas which happen to be fashionable at the time,” the Senate has no one party that holds a majority. It will therefore be interesting to see whether it is able to protect religious freedom or succumb to the pressure to limit it through this law.

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Turkey: Turkish companies’ eye on $1 trillion halal food market

| 01/09/2011 | Reply
Turkey: 	 Turkish companies’ eye on $1 trillion halal food market

The TSE announced in June that it would start issuing halal certificates this fall. According to the TSE, interest from Turkish food companies, mainly meat producers, is high as more than 20 applications for a halal certificate from the TSE came in last month.

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How to identify and meet the needs of the Muslim consumer

| 28/08/2011 | Reply
How to identify and meet the needs of the Muslim consumer

Sunsilk has realised that there are specific needs that Muslim women who observe the headscarf have, and speaks directly about their concerns for the condition of their scalp. The have come up with the “1st shampoo for covered hair.”

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Australia: Call for meat slaughter method labelling

| 26/08/2011 | Reply
Australia: Call for meat slaughter method labelling

Senator Bernardi said he wanted labels on packaging to explain whether meat had been slaughtered according to rituals and whether stun guns were used.

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Singapore: More Halal options in supermarkets

| 25/08/2011 | Reply
Singapore: More Halal options in supermarkets

NTUC FairPrice said it has seen a 20 per cent increase in Muslim customers at one branch. The chain boasts about 4,000 halal food products, and 15 of its branches have areas that sell halal-only products certified by MUIS.

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First Halal certified restaurant in BiH and the region of Balkan

| 25/08/2011 | Reply
First Halal certified restaurant in BiH and the region of Balkan

Restaurant “Terasa” Ilidža (Sarajevo) is the first halal certified restaurant in BiH and the region of Balkan that has implemented the requirements of Halal standard BAS 1049:2010 and Halal Certification Guide for Service, and its preparation and serving of halal food align to the needs of consumers.

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USA: Eating at your desk ups food poisoning risk

| 25/08/2011 | Reply
USA: Eating at your desk ups food poisoning risk

Results of a new survey reveal the majority of Americans are playing Russian roulette with food safety by eating at their desks.

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Malaysia: Private Laboratories Can Be Used For Halal Status Testing

| 25/08/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Private Laboratories Can Be Used For Halal Status Testing

At the meeting, the food industry players were also allowed to appoint representatives for talks with Jakim on DNA testing on their products and other related matters.

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