Category: Food Manufacturing

Key pacts to be signed during Thai PM’s visit

| 05/11/2009 | Reply
Key pacts to be signed during Thai PM’s visit

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will pay an official visit to Qatar from November 24-26, an embassy source said yesterday. Thailand
as a non-Islamic country with only 10% Muslim population has gained
reputation in halal food technology with the most advanced laboratory
in the Far East. It became the world’s fifth largest halal food exporter in 2008 with market share of 5.6% valued $35.7bn.



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Third-party Audits: What the (Halal) Food Industry Really Needs

| 04/11/2009 | Reply
Third-party Audits: What the (Halal) Food Industry Really Needs

This article from Food Safety magazine is a must read for anyone in the Halal food manufacturing industry, and its related fields. Transparent independent third party auditing is an essential – and currently missing – component of the Halal certification process. It is coming. Get ready.

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F&N invests RM350m in new dairies plant

| 26/10/2009 | Reply
F&N invests RM350m in new dairies plant

Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N) is investing RM350mil
in its new dairies manufacturing plant to cater to the increase in
demand, besides positioning itself to become a world-class regional
food and beverage player. Being based in the
Pulau Indah plant will also enable F&N to leverage on its location
in the dedicated halal hub to build on and expand export opportunities
to the fast-growing halal markets in the Middle East, Africa and
Indonesia.

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BMC Seeks OK To Export To Malaysia

| 24/10/2009 | Reply
BMC Seeks OK To Export To Malaysia

Bandar Seri Begawan – Food processor BMC Food Industries Sdn Bhd is
looking to send its products across the border to nearby Malaysian
cities next year, its factory manager told The Brunei Times yesterday.

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Hungry FOR success

| 23/10/2009 | Reply
Hungry FOR success

No matter how tough things get, the things people will always keep buying are food and drink. This
basic fact of life explains why food and drink manufacturing has
emerged as one of the fastest growing industries in the country with
thousands of new jobs appearing every month. More than 10,000
positions are up for grabs at any one time, ranging from production
workers and quality assessors to butchers and bakers.

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Expert Tells Brunei Food Industry To ‘Stop Snacking’

| 19/10/2009 | Reply
Expert Tells Brunei Food Industry To ‘Stop Snacking’

Food manufacturers in Brunei need to produce
more “essential” food items in order to become more competitive and to
raise consumer confidence in their products, a senior lecturer of
analytical chemistry and food chemistry at Universiti Brunei Darussalam
(UBD) told The Brunei Times yesterday.

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HDC opens Halal food channel to France

| 08/10/2009 | Reply
HDC opens Halal food channel to France

PARIS: Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) is set to step up
its presence in Europe following a strategic partnership with French
Glon Groupe, which will spur bilateral trade of halal products in a
Halal corridor between France and Malaysia.

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Their Production Costs Are High: Ghanim

| 04/10/2009 | Reply
Their Production Costs Are High: Ghanim

Bandar Seri Begawan – Bruneian companies production cost has affected
their chances of being immediately considered for inclusion in the list
of food makers whose products would be marketed under the Brunei Halal
brand.

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Ghanim on track for 2010 release of halal goods

| 03/10/2009 | Reply
Ghanim on track for 2010 release of halal goods

The Brunei Halal brand is on target with its brand develoment schedule
including the review of about 50 products for release by April next
year, said Noel Shield, interim chief executive officer of Ghanim
International Food Corporation Sdn Bhd.

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CFD Patties in more than 2,400 US retail outlets

| 02/10/2009 | Reply
CFD Patties in more than 2,400 US retail outlets

Caribbean Food Delights (CFD), is expanding its markets at an unprecedented pace, establishing new accounts even as it offers a breakthrough product.


Customer requests have also resulted in the development of a new product, the Halal Patty.

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Australia food makers await OK to use BruneiHalal

| 01/10/2009 | Reply
Australia food makers await OK to use BruneiHalal

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Mark Sawers said the embassy is ‘working with Ghanim (the company managing marketing of the Brunei Halal brand) to identifuy Australian food producers’ that are eligible to sell their goods under the premium brand.

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Brunei Halal goods set for launch within year

| 26/09/2009 | Reply
Brunei Halal goods set for launch within year

BRUNEI
is expected to launch its first range of products under the premium
Brunei Halal brand within the next six to 12 months, The Brunei Times
learned yesterday.

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Thailand planning on increasing Halal food exports

| 18/09/2009 | Reply
Thailand planning on increasing Halal food exports

A panel on halal industry development, chaired by Deputy Prime
Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu, has approved strategies to develop the
industry. They include a plan to strengthen the potential of the halal
industry to meet world standards and conform to domestic demand;
promoting the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and increase Thailand’s
capability in certifying food to Muslim halal standards, expanding
markets and upgrading research and development.

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Halal receives export focus in Thailand

| 12/09/2009 | Reply
Halal receives export focus in Thailand

The Thai government aims to expand halal food
exports by at least 10% a year between 2010 and 2014, helped by new
strategies to drive the development of products for Muslim markets.

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Wolverhampton pie-makers on the rise after devastating blaze

| 10/09/2009 | Reply
Wolverhampton pie-makers on the rise after devastating blaze

The blaze halted Quick Food Products’ production for
eight months – giving an edge to the firm’s competitors – but now it is
aiming to grow after developing a new range aimed at the Nigerian
market, along with patties certified to carry a Halal label.


Maxine Chapman,
specialist manufacturing adviser with MAS-WM, said: “Quick Foods is an
excellent example of a small company that combines a passion for its
product with a willingness to branch into new markets.”

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HDC Targets RM500 Million FDIs For Halal Parks Next Year

| 04/09/2009 | Reply
HDC Targets RM500 Million FDIs For Halal Parks Next Year

KUALA LUMPUR, The Halal Industry
Development Corporation (HDC) aims to attract RM500 million in foreign
direct investment (FDI) next year to Halal Parks located across the
country. HDC Vice President for Industry Development Nicholas Shariff
Collins said Halal Parks received RM700 million in foreign investments
this year.

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Brunei, RP to reinforce agricultural cooperation

| 26/08/2009 | Reply
Brunei, RP to reinforce agricultural cooperation

A bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Brunei
under the Brunei Darussalam-Philippines Agricultural Cooperation
Project (Brunei-RP ACP) is expected to increase the exchange of
technological expertise and trade of agricultural products between the
two countries, among other mutual benefits.

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SMEs Urged To Use Guarantee Schemes To Penetrate Halal Mart

| 20/08/2009 | Reply
SMEs Urged To Use Guarantee Schemes To Penetrate Halal Mart

KUALA LUMPUR –
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can now access special financing
schemes, such as the Government Guarantee Scheme, to penetrate the
halal market. The Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC), in collaboration with
four Islamic financial institutions, namely Bank Kerjasama Rakyat
Malaysia Bhd, Maybank Islamic Bhd, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Bhd and CIMB
Islamic Bank Bhd, will help ensure the scheme was efficiently used by
the SMEs.

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Netherlands: More halal on the shelves

| 19/08/2009 | Reply
Netherlands: More halal on the shelves

Halal foods, prepared according to Islamic law, are gaining Dutch
shelf-space. Manufacturer Mekkafood from Venlo drove up production 25%
this year, to 7,800 tons of halal meat.

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Thailand seeks strong trade ties with region

| 18/08/2009 | Reply
Thailand seeks strong trade ties with region

DOHA:
Developing stronger economic relations with Qatar and other Gulf
countries is one of the top items on the agenda of Thai Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva and his new administration.
“We
believe we have a lot to offer to the Middle Eastern countries,”
Vejjajiva said during a formal interaction at the Thai parliament
building with visiting journalists from the Gulf region who were on a
media familiarisation trip around Thailand.

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