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Category: Food Manufacturing

Malaysia Food and Drink Report Q4 2008

| 15/11/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Food and Drink Report Q4 2008

Malaysia’s thriving halal sector will appeal to investors
particularly with the current tax incentives for halal producers. In
August 2008, Nestlé proposed the government introduce further monetary
incentives to attract additional business to the region, however, there
has yet to be a response from the government in relation to Nestlé’s
suggestions.

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Brunei to Develop 7 industrial Clusters outside Oil & Gas

| 15/11/2008 | Reply
Brunei to Develop 7 industrial Clusters outside Oil & Gas

Brunei
is set to develop seven areas outside the oil and gas industry, namely
renewable energy, eco-tourism, aquaculture, “green” ICT, Pulau Muara
Besar (PMB) project, Halal processing, and Islamic finance.

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Summit Industrial Products Becomes the First Company in North America to Earn ISO 21469 Certification

| 14/11/2008 | Reply
Summit Industrial Products Becomes the First Company in North America to Earn ISO 21469 Certification

NSF today announced that KL Texas, L.P. (dba Summit Industrial
Products), a worldwide leader in synthetic lubricant technology, is
the first company in North America to receive Certification to ISO
21469: Safety of machinery – Lubricants with Incidental Product
Contact — Hygiene requirements.


This company has also gone to the trouble to get both Halal and Kosher certification for many of their food grade products. Some people do not realise that Halal certification requirements even go into the fine detail of being sure that the lubricants used for the machinery producing the food, and the glue in packaging, are are inspected.

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Halal venture is tasty for food giant Nestlé as it cashes in on surging demand

| 26/09/2008 | Reply
Halal venture is tasty for food giant Nestlé as it cashes in on surging demand

Food giant Nestlé has gone halal in 75 of
its 480 plants worldwide as it cashes in on a surge in demand for food
and products acceptable to devout Muslims.

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Growing number of Australian manufacturers embracing Halal and Kosher certification

| 20/09/2008 | Reply
Growing number of Australian manufacturers embracing Halal and Kosher certification

Australia was the first non-Muslim country to place Halal
certification under legislation and, according to the Australian Halal
Food Directory, there are currently four recognized certifying bodies
in Australia for Halal food.

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Why a Swiss Village Makes Halal Pastry

| 13/09/2008 | Reply
Why a Swiss Village Makes Halal Pastry

An interesting article from der Spiegel about the increasing production of Halal food for export. Who would have thought that puff pastry had alcohol in it? Walter Leisi, director of a Swiss Nestlé plant has thought of it, and is doing very nicely with his Halal Leisi-Quick, a ready-made puff pastry product. Further proof of Halal going mainstream

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Food processors eye halal exports next year

| 05/09/2008 | Reply
Food processors eye halal exports next year

The Philippines are working full steam ahead on breaking into the world Halal markets by the first quarter of 2009. Now they have their Halal standard they are  working on getting the companies certified and ready for the export market.

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Thailand seeking to increase global share of halal food market

| 20/08/2008 | Reply
Thailand seeking to increase global share of halal food market

Thailand”s cuisine has achieved a meteoric rise in popularity and now
stands proudly as a staunch international favorite alongside the
world”s longtime champions. But as Thailand”s food exports are
growing by as much as eight percent per annum, the country has been
slow in catering to the international halal food market, an industry
that is estimated to be worth somewhere around one trillion U.S.
dollars per year.

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Kuwait confirms halal investment in South; Kuwaiti-Thai MOU signed

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Kuwait confirms halal investment in South; Kuwaiti-Thai MOU signed

Kuwait affirmed its interest in launching
the halal food industry in Thailand’s southernmost region and also
pledged to provide jobs for some 3,000 more workers from this country
to be employed in the Middle East state.

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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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