Category: Food Manufacturing

First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

| 22/07/2008 | Reply
First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

Norway’s first halal cheese is now being made in Ørsta. Norbo cheese
was recently given the official Tayyibat halal certificate. This means
that all packages of cheese are marked with an international label of
certification, that is recognized by Muslims.

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Marhaba Halal Food to launch in Harrods and Waitrose

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Marhaba Halal Food to launch in Harrods and Waitrose

A
new range of delicious Halal Belgium chocolates, cake bars and sweets
will shortly be available in Harrods and 35 Waitrose stores around the
country.

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Restaurant owner plans new ready meals range

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
Restaurant owner plans new ready meals range

Waiting for reply from Seamark

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Bid to increase amount of food made locally

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Bid to increase amount of food made locally

The UAE could save billions of dollars and curb soaring food prices by manufacturing more products at home, experts say.

“The halal
industry in this region alone is worth more than Dh73bn. We want a
slice of that market ourselves rather than buying it in,” said Joanne Cook organiser for the new Ingredients Middle East trade fair currently being held in Dubai
.

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Halal market expansion raises questions of Halal fraud

| 13/06/2008 | Reply
Halal market expansion raises questions of Halal fraud
The industry of Halal, foods that are permitted for
consumption according to Muslim law, is gaining a strong foothold – both
in the United States and beyond – and has an estimated global turnover
of $580 billion a year, catering for many non-Muslims as well as
Muslims. But the swell in demand for halal products has given rise to
fraud, where companies and exporters are labeling foods as halal, when,
in fact, this is not the case.

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De Rahman Products Seeing Good Success In Saudi Arabia And China

| 24/05/2008 | Reply
De Rahman Products Seeing Good Success In Saudi Arabia And China

Kumpulan Rahman Brothers Sdn Bhd
(KRB) have added yet another success to their list with the successful
export of their De Rahman brand of products to the Saudi Arabia and
China markets in the last two years.
The company’s move into the Saudi Arabia and China
market was through joint efforts with Mara under the auspices of the
Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development (MeCD).

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Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

| 14/05/2008 | Reply
Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

Ingredients Middle East, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre
(DWTC), will take place from 15-17 June 2008 at the Dubai International
Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) and has already attracted some
of the world’s leading ingredient producers.

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A T Kearney issue report on Addressing the Muslim Market

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
A T Kearney issue report on Addressing the Muslim Market

“Since Muslims are the fastest growing consumer segment in the world, any company that is not considering how to serve them is missing a significant opportunity to affect both its top-and bottom-line growth. Deciding to serve the Muslim consumer will depend on the ease with which the company can address this market and the opportunity versus the cost of doing so. Although there are political and social pitfalls to consider, the opportunities are so vast and far-reaching that they greatly outweigh the risks. With many of the world’s consumer segments reaching a saturation point, the Muslim consumer is fast becoming a new outlet to build a base for future growth.”


While this quote from A T Kearney’s report, “Addressing the Muslim Market” is not necessarily anything new to many of the Halal sector players, the fact that this report has appeared in the mainstream is itself a clear confirmation of what many of us have been saying for years.

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Minnesota hummus maker expanding business overseas

| 01/05/2008 | Reply
Minnesota hummus maker expanding business overseas

The success story of Majdi Wadi and his Holy Land food brand in Minnesota is an indication not only of the increasing cultural integration in the USA, but also the expansion of the Halal-related food markets there. Minnesota can also claim Keith Ellison, the first Muslim congressman in US history, so clearly some things in the USA are moving in the right direction. With a 9 million Muslim population with substantial disposable income, the US is a lucrative niche Halal market that is overlooked by the majority of manufacturers.

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Arroyo okays food processing expansion in RP by Saudi firm

| 14/03/2008 | Reply
Arroyo okays food processing expansion in RP by Saudi firm

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
approved a proposal of a large Saudi Arabia food processing company to
expand its operations in the Philippines to produce Halal-certified
foods, particularly chicken.

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Brunei Agriculture Dept Signs Pact With UK Firm On Agro Park

| 11/03/2008 | Reply
Brunei Agriculture Dept Signs Pact With UK Firm On Agro Park

Bandar Seri
Begawan –
The Department of Agriculture, under the Ministry
of Industry and Primary Resources, yesterday signed an agreement on
the Agro Technology Park with SQW Consulting of the United Kingdom
at the Agriculture Department headquarters. SQW
Consulting will assist the Ministry of Industry and Primary
Resources in carrying out studies and providing recommendations on
the operational aspect of the new 263-acre Agro Technology park in Tungku.

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Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules

| 02/03/2008 | Reply
Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules


“Arabic labelling has been made compulsory for all food products coming
to UAE ports for local consumption or re-export.” Traders importing food for local consumption in

Dubai or re-export must comply with new regulations issued by the municipality. Starting April 1 food products will not be allowed entry into the UAE without the correct labeling.

This will be a strong consideration for Halal producers who are trying to enter into this lucrative market but will now face the extra charges of relabeling their products.

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Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

British Muslims have reacted with anger to know that certain
types of crisps produced by a major snack food manufacturer contain
traces of alcohol, hitting out at the producer for disregarding Muslim
religious sensibilities.

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Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

Bilal Gourmet Foods BV, a
Malaysian-Dutch company, is making inroads into the vastly potential
European market for halal products where demand is exceeding supply.

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Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

| 12/02/2008 | Reply
Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

Rising consumption from affluent global Muslim populations will
drive Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd’s double digit sales growth over that of
last year, according to a local brokerage.
Middle Eastern
countries have been accumulating wealth over the past five years due to
surging crude oil prices and this is expected to spur demand for
consumer products and consequently, robust growth for the relatively
untapped halal food segment.

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Al Islami Foods: Sales Grow 40% in 2007

| 09/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods: Sales Grow 40% in 2007

“With our channel wise focused strategy in the region, 2007 was a
milestone year in the history of Al Islami Foods, with solid
contributions from all business segments and extraordinary efforts of
the team. Al Islami signals another year of excellence as it
consolidates its leadership position, sets quality benchmarks for the
halal-food industry and contribution to the development of the national
economy.” said Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chief Executive Officer of Al
Islami Foods.

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LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

Haj operator Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is looking at investing
up to RM300 million initially in syariah-compliant equities in the Asia
Pacific, ex-Japan, this year as it simultaneously seeks to leverage on
local companies to become a global halal food producer. LTH chief executive
officer Datuk Ismee Ismail said the organisation was eyeing equities in
syariah-compliant industries, including food, in markets such as Kuwait
and Australia.

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North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

Carfrae is the first and longest operating USDA facility in the United

States involved in the processing of Halal meat products under the

Midamar Halal brand, USA’s pioneer and premier Halal Brand

(www.midamar.com). North American Halal Food Industries, doing business as Halal Food Processors of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, acquired the meat processing facility on November 1, 2007 from Steve Carfrae.

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Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

Ceratti,
a traditional Brazilian maker of mortadella, has developed a light
mortadella that, since 2005, has been certified halal by the Muslim
Federation. The stamp has already guaranteed growth of 35% in the
volume of company sales of the product.

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Khazan to build new Gulf meat factory to drive more Halal food expansion

| 10/12/2007 | Reply
Khazan to build new Gulf meat factory to drive more Halal food expansion

Khazan, one of the Gulf’s
leading producers of Halal meat food products, is to invest AED60
million in a new meat factory in the region as part of ambitious
ongoing expansion plans. The
company made the announcement today from its exhibition stand at Halal
World Expo, the new international trade show taking place at the Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and also confirmed that it is looking
to break into the US$16 billion Halal food market in the US.

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