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USA: Malaysia’s trade surplus with US declines

| 23/06/2011 | 1 Reply
USA: Malaysia’s trade surplus with US declines

Malaysia’s trade surplus with the US is declining following rising imports from the world’s biggest economy, says the New York office of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade).

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Pakistan: Engro Foods floating 2.7 million shares

| 23/06/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Engro Foods floating 2.7 million shares

The company is also entering international markets through launch of “Al-Safa”—a halal food business in North America acquired by Engro Corporation at a total cost of $6.3 million.

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Spain: Export Demand Driving Spanish Halal Food Sector

| 23/06/2011 | 1 Reply
Spain: Export Demand Driving Spanish Halal Food Sector

Spanish Halal production is on the rise, with more than one hundred meat businesses currently holding the Halal certification (20% more than in 2008). Despite the growing domestic demand, Spain exports around 70 per cent of all its halal production with exports covering products such as meats, vegetable oils, cheese and spices.

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Italy: Campania firm produces first ‘halal’ certified mozzarella

| 23/06/2011 | 1 Reply
Italy: Campania firm produces first ‘halal’ certified mozzarella

A company in Italy’s southern Campania region has won certification for the first ‘halal’ buffalo milk mozzarella cheese made according to strict Islamic principles.

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Philippines: Regional-crafted halal standards out in July

| 21/06/2011 | Reply
Philippines: Regional-crafted halal standards out in July

A halal certification system is being finalized and set to be launched next month in a bid to boost the country’s potential to penetrate the lucrative global halal market valued at an estimated $3 trillion, an official said.

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EU: Dutch Jews, Muslims appeal ritual slaughter plan

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Dutch Jews, Muslims appeal ritual slaughter plan

Jewish and Muslim representatives Thursday appealed to Dutch lawmakers not to enforce plans requiring animals to be stunned before halal and kosher slaughtering rituals. Dutch law required animals to be stunned before being slaughtered but made an exception for ritual halaal and kosher slaughters.

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Thailand: F&N opens S$110m canned milk plant in Thailand

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
Thailand: F&N opens S$110m canned milk plant in Thailand

The Thai plant will serve as a blueprint for the group’s new S$150 million plant at Pulau Indah in Port Klang, Malaysia, which is due to be completed in the second half of 2011. ‘Consumers will feel comfortable because it is from a Halal Hub in a Muslim country.’

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Australia: Cattle boss: ‘We’ve simply got to fix it.’

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
Australia: Cattle boss: ‘We’ve simply got to fix it.’

THE departing head of Meat and Livestock Australia has said he will co-operate with the Senate inquiry into the controversial live animal export trade and face questions about his company’s attempts to improve animal welfare conditions in Indonesia and other markets.

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Australia: Carbon tax ‘threatens meat jobs’

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
Australia: Carbon tax ‘threatens meat jobs’

A WODONGA export abattoir says the Gillard government’s carbon tax could cost it up to $2 million a year, threatening jobs and its international competitiveness. As many as 30 frozen containers of Halal approved meat leave the abattoirs for the rest of the world each week.

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Malaysia: HP Sauce And Tabasco Are Certified Halal

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: HP Sauce And Tabasco Are Certified Halal

The brand owners for HP Sauce and Tabasco, HJ Heinz and Mclhenny Company, refuted recent claims that both brands are not halal-certified. The companies said in a statement Friday that both brands are in full compliance of regulatory guidelines by their respective halal certified bodies.

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Thailand: Phuket gets cooking for halal food expo

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
Thailand: Phuket gets cooking for halal food expo

Representatives from 70 halal organizations from 35 countries have been invited to join the ‘Phuket Halal International Forum and Andaman Muslim Expo 2011’, which gets underway at Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa in Patong on June 22.

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Indonesia: Nestle to Invest $100m in Indonesia

| 17/06/2011 | Reply
Indonesia: Nestle to Invest $100m in Indonesia

Nestle is planning to invest $100m in Indonesia for the third time in 18 months to expand its operations at a new factory currently under construction in Karawang, West Java.

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Turkey: Turkey to issue “Halal” certificates as of Fall 2011

| 17/06/2011 | 1 Reply
Turkey: Turkey to issue “Halal” certificates as of Fall 2011

Chairman of the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE), Hulusi Senturk, said Thursday that a list of standards for “halal food” was accepted by 33 Islamic countries in a meeting that took place in Cameroon on May 16 and 17.

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EU: Special labeling of non stunned meat removed from EU legislation

| 17/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Special labeling of non stunned meat removed from EU legislation

The European Council and the European Parliament agreed this week that the new food information regulation will not include a requirement that all kosher and halal meat would be labeled “meat from slaughter without stunning”.

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Oman: A’saffa Foods ensures consumers buy with trust and confidence

| 15/06/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’saffa Foods ensures consumers buy with trust and confidence

The quality of the operations from A’Saffa is being increasingly recognised in the region leading to the company operating as a consultant to help set up other poultry manufacturing and processing operations in the region such as the partnership with Hassad Foods in Qatar.

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Malaysia Has Potential To Capture Slice Of Halal Gelatine Mart

| 15/06/2011 | Reply
Malaysia Has Potential To Capture Slice Of Halal Gelatine Mart

Halal Industry Development Corp’s (HDC) chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin, said currently, less than one per cent of the world’s gelatine production was derived from halal sources. Halal Industry Development Corp’s (HDC) chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin, said currently, less than one per cent of the world’s gelatine production was derived from halal sources. “Malaysia’s palm oil can be used as a source to produce halal gelatine.”

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First Int’l Halal Congress to be held in Turkey

| 15/06/2011 | Reply
First Int’l Halal Congress to be held in Turkey

The First International Halal Congress is organized by Islamic Chamber and Information Center, in partnership with the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Islamic Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Center (SESRIC), Iran Chamber of Commerce Industry and Mines and Muslim Excellence and Competitiveness Corporations Award on 14-15 October 2011, in Ankara, Turkey.

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Singapore: CrescentRating to promote Halal Friendly Travel in the Balkans

| 14/06/2011 | Reply
Singapore: CrescentRating to promote Halal Friendly Travel in the Balkans

Singapore based Crescentrating have joined hands with the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Agency for Halal Quality Certification to promote Halal Friendly Travel services and facilities in the region.

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Opinion: Islamic Branding and the Revolution 2.0

| 14/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic Branding and the Revolution 2.0

In mid 2011, Ogilvy Noor undertook a large multi-country research on the Muslim consumers around the world while undercovering their habits and views on faith. The research provided some insight into the feelings, emotions and aspirations that guide the Muslim youth across the globe.

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Pakistan: Iran keen to invest in Halal products

| 14/06/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Iran keen to invest in Halal products

A business council will be formed between the businessmen communities of Pakistan and Iran to strengthen bilateral trade activities. Beside energy sector, Iran was keen to invest in the Halal meat sector in Pakistan.

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