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Halal and Islamic Finance – a new horizon of opportunity

| 24/07/2013 | 1 Reply
Halal and Islamic Finance – a new horizon of opportunity

Rushdi Siddiqui, Founder of Azka Capital gives an interview on Amilin TV about the significance of the convergence of the Halal Food sector with Islamic Finance. A short and lucid explanation of the tip of what is a very big iceberg from someone who has glimpsed the part under the water.

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Malaysia: More hotels, food premises applying for Halal certificate

| 24/07/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: More hotels, food premises applying for Halal certificate

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) recorded an increase of 39 per cent in application for halal certificate for hotel and food premises this year, its director-general, Datuk Othman Mustapha said today.

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UK: More in store for British Muslims during Ramadan

| 24/07/2013 | Reply
UK: More in store for British Muslims during Ramadan

Tesco is the UK’s largest retailer, with more than 6,000 stores, of which 315 carry the Ramadan promotion. Its strategy for the holy month is clearly working, with an estimated sales increase of £30 million (Dh169.1m).

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Malaysia-Thai Business Council Sees Double-digit Bilateral Trade Growth After AEC 2015

| 24/07/2013 | Reply
Malaysia-Thai Business Council Sees Double-digit Bilateral Trade Growth After AEC 2015

Co-chairman Megat Mizan Nicholas Denney said the implementation of AEC would see freer movement of goods across borders and more economic cooperation.

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Pakistan: Launching Halal Food accreditation scheme

| 24/07/2013 | Reply
Pakistan: Launching Halal Food accreditation scheme

Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid lauded the role of PNAC for launching of Halal Food accrediation scheme and said that it will increase the demand of Pakistanis products.

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EU: Dutch press EU study on labeling meat produced without stunning

| 24/07/2013 | Reply
EU: Dutch press EU study on labeling meat produced without stunning

The Commission included a study into informing consumers about animal stunning in its list of planned actions 2012-2015 animal welfare strategy.

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Malaysia: Call For Halal Certification Law To Be Introduced

| 22/07/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Call For Halal Certification Law To Be Introduced

A non-governmental organisation has called for the introduction of a specific law to enable Jakim to take action against hotels that offer Ramadan and sahur (pre-dawn meal) buffets without halal certification.

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USA: Pakistani, Caribbean and Halal are the fastest growing trends in ethnic cuisine

| 22/07/2013 | Reply
USA: Pakistani, Caribbean and Halal are the fastest growing trends in ethnic cuisine

Halal cuisines are almost 40% more popular in US restaurants over the past year according to digital food ordering service GrubHub.

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UK: Task force in Lancashire will investigate Halal meat practises

| 22/07/2013 | Reply
UK:  Task force in Lancashire will investigate Halal meat practises

Former county council Tory leader Coun Geoff Driver had called for a method of stunning which would be acceptable to the Lancashire Council of Mosques and the Halal Monitoring Committee.

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UK: New ‘ChoosingHalal.org’ Blog

| 22/07/2013 | Reply
UK: New ‘ChoosingHalal.org’ Blog

Faruk Vali is managing director of a Lancashire based halal food business and, having developed an insider’s view of the industry, he made the decision to launch his own blog to help ordinary Muslim consumers.

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UK: Row over pork DNA in halal flares up again

| 21/07/2013 | Reply
UK: Row over pork DNA in halal flares up again

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (MAT) this week said it would send letters to 1,400 UK mosques telling worshippers to avoid products certified by the Halal Food Authority (HFA) until HFA has offered assurances.

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UAE: Al Nasser, Minor Food form JV to foray into food, beverage business

| 20/07/2013 | Reply
UAE: Al Nasser, Minor Food form JV to foray into food, beverage business

Minor Food currently operates brands, including The Pizza, Thai Express, The Coffee Club, Riverside, Ribs & Rumps, Swensen’s, Dairy Queen, Sizzler and Burger King in 17 countries across Asia.

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Israel summons Polish ambassador over kosher ban

| 17/07/2013 | Reply
Israel summons Polish ambassador over kosher ban

Poland’s agricultural minister, Stanislaw Kalemba said in Brussels, however, that the government would challenge the vote in parliament last Friday, upholding a decision by the Constitutional Court in December 2013.

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Russia: New products from Thailand will be presented to Tatarstan

| 16/07/2013 | Reply
Russia: New products from Thailand will be presented  to Tatarstan

SD GOODY FOOD company will be presenting these new products at EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013, such as coconut oil and powder, exotic curry sauces, and biocosmetics with natural components.

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UK: Brunei Halal targets $381m in 3 years from UK retail foray

| 16/07/2013 | Reply
UK: Brunei Halal targets $381m in 3 years from UK retail foray

A premium halal food business backed by the Brunei government is set to make its supermarket debut – and has announced ambitions to become a £200m brand within three years.

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Malaysia: MOA Issues Licence To 34 Companies To Import Chicken Immediately

| 15/07/2013 | Reply
Malaysia:  MOA Issues Licence To 34 Companies To Import Chicken Immediately

The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) has issued licence with immediate effect to 34 companies to import chicken from producing countries, such as China, Thailand, Australia and the EU.

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UAE: Halal Congress Middle East to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from 16 to 18 December 2013

| 15/07/2013 | Reply
UAE: Halal Congress Middle East to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from 16 to 18 December 2013

It will be organized alongside the 2nd OIC Halal Middle East Exhibition which is held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

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UK: Halal wholesale business turns to franchise shops

| 15/07/2013 | 1 Reply
UK: Halal wholesale business turns to franchise shops

The family-run business is set to open five franchise shops by the end of the year, all expecting a turnover of around £50,000 per week. Tariq Sheikh is a well-known figure in the halal industry and currently runs the business.

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UAE: Kohinoor Foods to sell 20% stake in Dubai JV

| 14/07/2013 | Reply
UAE: Kohinoor Foods to sell 20% stake in Dubai JV

Kohinoor Foods (KFL), one of India’s largest basmati rice and ready-to- eat foodstuff producers, plans to sell 20 per cent stake at Rs 160 a share in its Dubai joint venture, Rich Rice Raisers Factory.

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EU: Polish parliament rejects ritual animal slaughter

| 13/07/2013 | Reply
EU: Polish parliament rejects ritual animal slaughter

Poland’s parliament on Friday rejected the ritual slaughter of livestock for food, angering the Jewish community as well as farmers and exporters of meat towards Israel and Muslim countries.

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