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Rising Demand for Southeast Asian Flexible Plastic Packaging Market

| 26/05/2009 | Reply
Rising Demand for Southeast Asian Flexible Plastic Packaging Market

Packaging is an intrinsic part of food in modern urban life. It is
also vital for export as it protects the contents and ensures that
quality products reach the consumer. Growth in the flexible plastic
packaging market for food is a function of the growth of the food and
food processing industry and growth in food exports. Countries such as

Malaysia and
Thailand have strengthened their position as ‘halal’ food exporters and have gained a share of the export market in the
Middle East, thereby, enhancing growth in this market.

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DNA way to check halal claims

| 26/05/2009 | Reply
DNA way to check halal claims

KUALA LUMPUR: Are food and cosmetic products which claim to be
halal really so? A Malaysian company may just have the solution for a
quick answer.


Olipro Biotechnology’s por-cine gene chip is
said to be the first of its kind in the world that detects pork DNA or
pork contamination in processed food and cosmetic products.

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The halal fast food restaurant with a prayer room

| 24/05/2009 | Reply
The halal fast food restaurant with a prayer room

A NEW fast food business in Birmingham will operate “on a chicken wing and a prayer.” For
a branch of Dixy Chicken has opened on the Coventry Road, incorporating
a prayer room. It is believed to be the first fast-food outlet in
Britain to have such a room.

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Exports are Turkey’s first venture into halal market

| 24/05/2009 | Reply
Exports are Turkey’s first venture into halal market

Following
the global trend in the certification of halal foods, goods prepared in
accordance with Islamic law, the Food Auditing and Certification
Research Association (G?MDES) has become the first body to issue halal
certificates in Turkey, currently for foodstuffs that are being
exported outside the country.

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Betong chicken ready to take flight

| 23/05/2009 | Reply
Betong chicken ready to take flight

Thailand: After years of lower sales resulting from the
bird flu epidemic and violence in the southernmost provinces of the
country, the Betong chicken industry is now getting a boost from state
agencies and expects a bright outlook.




The project would cover farms, a standard slaughterhouse and a
processing plant that meet Good Agricultural Practices and halal
production requirements with a capacity to process 2,000 to 3,000
chickens per day.

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U.S. beef gaining traction in Middle East

| 23/05/2009 | Reply
U.S. beef gaining traction in Middle East

High-quality
U.S. beef is becoming a popular item in the Middle East, which
traditionally has been a strong market for beef livers and other
variety meats, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In the first quarter of 2009, U.S. beef muscle-cut exports rose 84
percent in volume and more than 40 percent in value over the same
quarter last year.

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Are Lunchers Finally Getting the Message About the Halal Carts on 53rd & 6th?

| 21/05/2009 | Reply
Are Lunchers Finally Getting the Message About the Halal Carts on 53rd & 6th?

Well now we have the battles between the Halal carts in New York. Having visited the ‘halal guy’ one after midnight and seen the queue for it I do understand that they have built a certain reputation which people might be looking for. Wonder why they can’t do a deal to keep the same spot during the day to avoid confusion.

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KFC introduces Halal in selected UK restaurants

| 21/05/2009 | Reply
KFC introduces Halal in selected UK restaurants

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is trialling halal
meat – meaning it has been killed in accordance with Islamic dietary
laws – in eight of its UK restaurants. But the trial has sparked a
debate over what is and what isn’t halal, with some Muslims boycotting
the restaurants because they say the meat has not been killed
correctly.

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Nestle Cautiously Optimistic Of Growth This Year

| 20/05/2009 | Reply
Nestle Cautiously Optimistic Of Growth This Year

Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd
is cautiously optimistic of growth this year due to the current global
economic downturn and change in consumer consumption pattern, its
managing director Sullivan O’Carroll said Monday.

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Halal Products on the Rise in Kuwait

| 19/05/2009 | Reply
Halal Products on the Rise in Kuwait

DUBLIN—Research and Markets released its ‘Kuwait Food and Drink Report’
which provides independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on
Kuwait’s food and drink industry. According to the report, the market
for halal foods is large and growing rapidly.

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A New Australian Delicacy now Available

| 16/05/2009 | Reply
A New Australian Delicacy now Available

Here’s an article showing a new Halal business opportunity with Halal quail being introduced into the Halal marketplace.

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Little Halal store on the Prairies

| 14/05/2009 | Reply
Little Halal store on the Prairies

Pakistani immigrants Marjan Shah and Mehboob Ahmad open Regina, Saskatchewan’s first Halal store.

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Talk sheds light on halal label in Brunei

| 13/05/2009 | Reply
Talk sheds light on halal label in Brunei

A talk on the use of ‘halal’ labels, which came into force beginning August 1, 2008 in Brunei Darussalam was delivered by Zurina Salwa binti Hj Osman, an education officer from the Halal Food Control
Section at the Syariah Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs. During the talk, she highlighted the use of ‘halal’ labels, which came into force beginning August 1, 2008.
She also touched on the roles and responsibilities of the Halal Haram Control Section in ensuring imported
products are halal, as well as the process towards securing the halal label, among other topics.

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M’sian Firms Urged To Use Netherlands As Gateway To Europe’s Halal Market

| 11/05/2009 | Reply
M’sian Firms Urged To Use Netherlands As Gateway To Europe’s Halal Market

Malaysian firms and
entrepreneurs have been urged to use the services of Netherlands’ Port
Rotterdam which offers some of the best facilities in the world for the
export of halal products into Europe.

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Opening Speech for MIHAS 2009 by Malaysia Prime Minister

| 07/05/2009 | Reply
Opening Speech for MIHAS 2009 by Malaysia Prime Minister

The following is the Opening Ceremony speech given by the Malaysian Prime Minister Y.A.B. Dato; Seri Mohd Najib at the 6th Malaysian International Halal Showcase held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In it he outlines Malaysia’s vision to become a Global Halal Hub and to make Malaysia a Global Halal Reference Centre for certification, standards, development, training and R&D.

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KFC to put halal on the menu for London trial

| 06/05/2009 | Reply
KFC to put halal on the menu for London trial

KFC is this week testing a number of halal restaurants at several locations in London.
KFC vice-president of marketing Jennelle Tilling says: “We want to
see how customers respond to the trial, to see if this is something
that allows us to make our great tasting food available to a broader
range of customers.”

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Malaysia to help develop Bosnia’s first halal park

| 05/05/2009 | Reply
Malaysia to help develop Bosnia’s first halal park

Malaysia,
which is acknowledged for its internationally recognised halal
certification, is set to help Bosnia- Herzegovina (Bosnia) to develop
its first halal park in the country, says Halal Industry Development
Corp (HDC) Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin.

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Full Modules Of Global Halal Standard By Year-end

| 04/05/2009 | Reply
Full Modules Of Global Halal Standard By Year-end

KUALA LUMPUR, — The global halal
standard modules, which will pave the way for harmonisation of the
global halal industry, will be ready for public comments by end of this
year.
International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI) chief executive
officer Darhim Hashim said there are 10 modules under the halal
standard which also represented eight particular sectors.

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Intel & Tracetracker To Develop Mobile Halal Food Traceability Device

| 01/05/2009 | Reply
Intel & Tracetracker To Develop Mobile Halal Food Traceability Device

Intel Technology Sdn
Bhd and TraceTracker Innovation ASA (TraceTracker) through their
Malaysian subsidiary TraceTracker Malaysia Sdn Bhd recently signed a
Teaming Agreement to develop a low cost mobile Halal food traceability
device.

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Bringing the Halal to Saint John

| 01/05/2009 | Reply
Bringing the Halal to Saint John

A new online Halal grocery store specializing in East Indian and Middle Eastern foods has begun operating in Saint John.

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