Category: Editorial

Opinion: Consuming passions

| 25/05/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Consuming passions

Trends used to be set by majority Muslim countries in the Middle East and South East Asia. Now they come as much from the Muslim minorities in the West. An overview on the growth of Halal into various sectors.

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UK: EBLEX Halal Steering Group being disbanded angers Muslims

| 23/05/2013 | Reply
UK: EBLEX Halal Steering Group being disbanded angers Muslims

In a move which has proven unpopular among some within the Halal sector, red meat levy body Eblex has established a new open Halal Forum to replace the current Halal Steering Group.

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Opinion: UK Halal food producer presses for higher monitoring standards

| 18/04/2013 | Reply
Opinion: UK Halal food producer presses for higher monitoring standards

In times of economic hardship, price tends to become an increasingly important factor in the minds of customers. Producers generally try to respond by minimising their costs.

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Opinion: Halal travel, Japanese- style

| 16/04/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Halal travel, Japanese- style

Japan wants Malaysian Muslim tourists, but how much are travellers willing to bend for a halal experience?

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Opinion: Imams – The missing stakeholders in Islamic finance

| 12/04/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Imams – The missing stakeholders in Islamic finance

Imams may have heard of the Shariah scholars, but the opportunity for interactions with the latter is minimal, if at all, hence they do not “blind-faith” endorse products signed off by them.

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Malaysia: Strengthening the Halal brand through innovation

| 09/04/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Strengthening the Halal brand through innovation

Innovation and a strict adaptation of the Islamic philosophy are the barometers that can determine how genuine a halal hub is, says Prof Pervaiz K Ahmad of the Monash University.

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Opinion: The politics of halal

| 01/04/2013 | Reply
Opinion: The politics of halal

This is probably the most extreme case so far when it comes to the politics of halal. But tensions over manufacturing, certifying and promoting halal products are replicated in other countries, too.

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Malaysia: HDC Expects Investments Of RM1 Billion In Halal Parks This Year

| 25/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia:  HDC Expects Investments Of RM1 Billion In Halal Parks This Year

Currently there are 24 halal parks located throughout the country, of which 13 were awarded Halmas status. HDC accords the Halmas status to halal park operators who comply with requirements under the HDC Designated Halal Park Development Guidelines.

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UAE: Looking for halal alpha in Dubai

| 20/03/2013 | Reply
UAE: Looking for halal alpha in Dubai

We’re talking about the halal industry: from food and pharmaceuticals to cosmetics, logistics and more — $2.1 trillion in total, with the food sector comprising about a third.

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Opinion: A Fake Self-Help Book on ‘Getting Filthy Rich’ in Asia

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
Opinion: A Fake Self-Help Book on ‘Getting Filthy Rich’ in Asia

An interview by Wajahat Ali with Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist which is soon to be released as a movie, about his latest book ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’. The novel explores the quirks of modern South Asia.

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Opinion: Horsemeat scandal companies can learn from Halal

| 28/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Horsemeat scandal companies can learn from Halal

The horsemeat scandal has raised significant consumer questions: what is in the food we eat, how can we be sure it’s properly labelled, and most importantly, who can we trust? For Muslim consumers who wish to observe halal food halal certification from a trusted authority is vital.

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Opinion: Chance for Halal Industry to raise the bar

| 25/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Chance for Halal Industry to raise the bar

It is well-known and accepted that supply chains are long, challenging and complicated. Going forward, non-halal manufacturers, who produce halal products, will either have to have dedicated factories for halal products, or they might consider dropping the product altogether.

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UK: No Horsing Around with ANSA

| 19/02/2013 | Reply
UK: No Horsing Around with ANSA

The current scandalous fraud involving the contamination of beef-labelled products with horsemeat and pork DNA demonstrates that there are unscrupulous people in the food industry. However, the Non stunned meat industry is unscathed by such reprehensible contamination.

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Opinion: Lessons from hiking for Islamic finance

| 18/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Lessons from hiking for Islamic finance

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. — Henry Miller

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USA: A Meaty Question

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
USA: A Meaty Question

Few Western countries have laws explicitly regulating kosher or halal products—chiefly meat produced by the ritual slaughter of animals, subject to particular standards of health or hygiene. Governments prefer to rely on private companies and market forces to do the job.

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UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

The new food labelling rules being introduced from 13 December 2014 will require new practices for food manufacturers which will involve increased costs, possibly running into millions of pounds to ensure that packaging is compliant with the new legislation.

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Opinion: The Porkgate Opportunity

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: The Porkgate Opportunity

The recent scandal from pork DNA being found in Halal certified food actually highlights an opportunity. With the majority of the Muslim world importing food from non-Muslim countries, there is an opportunity to become a trusted supplier of Halal food.

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Opinion: 4 Strategies to Sharpen Your Focus

| 02/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: 4 Strategies to Sharpen Your Focus

For example, when you need to pay attention during a call or meeting, bring a small object that you can play with, such as putty. It should be something you can manipulate mindlessly while you listen. This actually frees up your mental energy so you can focus a little better.

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Opinion: Ogilvy Noor Year 2013 in Review

| 01/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Ogilvy Noor Year 2013 in Review

In the last 12 months, awareness, interest and brand engagement with the Muslim consumer has continued on a steep upward curve. From an Ogilvy Noor perspective we take a look back at the events, ideas and highpoints of the year.

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Opinion: Marketing to Muslim Tourists

| 01/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Marketing to Muslim Tourists

In 2011, Muslims spent an estimated $126bn on travel and tourism, that is without counting the religious pilgrimages of hajj and umrah. Global revenue from Muslim tourists is expected to rise 4.8 per cent a year over the next eight years, compared with a global average of 3.8 per cent.

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