Category: Editorial

Opinion: Who says fasting’s bad for business?

| 01/06/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Who says fasting’s bad for business?

Food business in the UAE is expected to see good times ahead, with local retailers anticipating a ten to 15 percent rise in sales during the period of Ramadan and all the way through Eid.

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Opinion: Can Manufacturers Appeal to all Consumers?

| 30/05/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Can Manufacturers Appeal to all Consumers?

Manufacturers must appeal to Muslims without alienating non-Muslim consumers if they want to maximise sales , say experts.

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UK: Companies must stop self certifying products Halal

| 22/05/2015 | 3 Replies
UK: Companies must stop self certifying products Halal

This is one of the key issues that Muslims face in the UK, when companies do self certification thinking they have the right to actively mislead Muslim consumers.

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Opinion: Islamic lifestyle – The story has just begun

| 19/05/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic lifestyle – The story has just begun

Shariah products and services are an integral part of global economy and are poised to grow with the rise in population.

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Commodity Speculation: Halal Sector Responsibility

| 06/05/2015 | Reply
Commodity Speculation: Halal Sector Responsibility

There is talk about Halal market values, and about developing a Halal economy. In order to make any significant steps in this direction, there has to be a move to end these unacceptable speculative practices.

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Opinion: The Next 1.7 Billion Consumers; Selling To The Muslim World

| 18/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: The Next 1.7 Billion Consumers; Selling To The Muslim World

You have a strategy for China, India, and perhaps even Africa. But what’s next ? What’s the next big consumer play?

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Opinion: Halal – know your market!

| 17/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Halal – know your market!

Why the issue of harmonising halal standards is complex and how the industry can learn from the New Zealand system.

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Australia: Federal government plan to regulate halal certification

| 13/04/2015 | Reply
Australia: Federal government plan to regulate halal certification

Food manufacturers selling on the domestic market would have the choice of obtaining halal certification from a religious body or being able to make a similar claim themselves.

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Opinion: The Halal food challenge in the Middle East

| 10/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: The Halal food challenge in the Middle East

A challenge for the industry is to not make halal certification overly complicated. For instance, ensuring the whole logistics chain is halal.

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Opinion: Austria’s Islamic Reforms

| 09/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Austria’s Islamic Reforms

The reforms follow years of lobbying by Muslim leaders, who argued that their people have effectively remained second-class citizens.

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Opinion: Is halal only a religious product?

| 06/04/2015 | Reply
Opinion: Is halal only a religious product?

Today, in the bigger picture: Muslims do not control or own of the halal food supply chain, hence, integrity issues have been slowly cropping at all the streams.

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Rise of the digital Islamic economy

| 01/04/2015 | Reply
Rise of the digital Islamic economy

The digital Islamic economy is set double to USD 30 billion by 2018 on the back on rising consumer spending on sharia-compliant services in the Middle East.

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WHS 2015 opens the door on Halal 3.0

| 26/03/2015 | Reply
WHS 2015 opens the door on Halal 3.0

At WHS 2015 will showcase, explore, discuss and probably argue about the opportunities and challenges that the digital world presents to the Halal market players and workers.

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Halal for Everyone? Better think again!

| 25/03/2015 | Reply
Halal for Everyone? Better think again!

New research shows a massive 92% of non-Muslims are negatively affected towards Halal by news stories such as Charlie Hebdo or ISIS. There seems to be a direct link in most people’s minds between these atrocities, and eating or purchasing Halal food.

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WHS 2015 Opens up New Narrative for Halal Market Ecosystem

| 25/03/2015 | Reply
WHS 2015 Opens up New Narrative for Halal Market Ecosystem

The four specialist Forums at the World Halal Summit cover a wide range of topics for Certifiers, Business, Scholars and Academics. The full range of topics, speakers and panellists is available online; the short version is that there are over thirty sessions and over seventy speakers, panellists and moderators over the two and a half days from 1-3 April. They are also all sold-out.

Reviewing the session contents, there are several themes that are going to form an integral part of the on-going narrative of the Halal Ecosystem over the next five to ten years.

One of the key issues is accreditation.

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Opinion: ‘Islamic Economy is a baseless theory’

| 25/03/2015 | Reply
Opinion: ‘Islamic Economy is a baseless theory’

When Prince Muhammad Al-Faisal, the pioneer of Islamic Banking, was interviewed about Islamic Economy he explained: “What we have today is a baseless theory.”

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Want to know what people think about Halal? Then ask them!

| 24/03/2015 | Reply
Want to know what people think about Halal? Then ask them!

New research finding, the results from a joint project between London-based niche research specialists Ethnic Focus, and online Halal news site HalalFocus.com demonstrate the yawning gaps in perception around Halal market issues.

7,000 respondents, spread evenly between men and women from 7 Muslim majority (Bangladesh, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey and UAE) and 7 Muslim minority countries (Denmark, France, Germany, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA) were asked a series of 10 questions to gauge their basic attitudes towards Halal.

Unlike some past exercises, respondents were asked questions such as, “Is your view of Halal products and services affected by news stories such as Charlie Hebdo, or ISIS?” and “How much do you think these news stories are biased against Islam?”. The answers, to say the least, are revealing.

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Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food

| 19/03/2015 | Reply
Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food

‘Bet the Farm’ is an accessible, sharp critique of how our food system has become increasingly captured by the big banks and giant food and agribusiness companies.

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Commodity Speculation: Banking on the Hungry Poor

| 19/03/2015 | Reply
Commodity Speculation: Banking on the Hungry Poor

If we are to see any meaningful convergence between the Halal food sector and the Islamic Financial sector, there has to be a voice that emerges from this union to put an end to basic food commodity speculation.

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UAE: Harvard Study analyses Al Islami Foods

| 15/03/2015 | Reply
UAE: Harvard Study analyses Al Islami Foods

Harvard Business School recently published a new case study about Al Islami Foods, the leading Halal food company in the Middle East.

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