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HDC preparing local SMEs for global halal market

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
HDC preparing local SMEs for global halal market

Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) wants to strengthen the
participation of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the
global halal industry. HDC will train at least 300 trainees from Mydin’s (a Muslim run supermarket in Malaysia) SME
suppliers, who will receive certificates upon completion of the course.

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How Christian/Muslim Was/Is France?

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
How Christian/Muslim Was/Is France?

It is not often that you get news of the Muslims in France, or the situation there for Halal food. Now with Ramadan in progress articles are coming out. Let’s hope the French Interior Minister supports her statement that Islam must “take its full place in the French institutional landscape.” With 5 million muslims in their country it certainly makes sense.

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Muslim organizations to gain more clout

| 17/09/2008 | Reply
Muslim organizations to gain more clout

‘Singapore – Muslim institutions will
have more clout in Singapore under proposed changes to the law
governing Islamic affairs, news reports said Tuesday.’


After the worldwide release of a photograph of a clearly labelled packet of pork from Singapore with a Halal certification on it Singapore has got no choice but to tighten up the legal side of misuse of Halal certification in order to remain credible in this industry.

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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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Biofuels: Can a global standard solve the sustainability problem?

| 12/09/2008 | Reply
Biofuels: Can a global standard solve the sustainability problem?

For anyone seriously interested in the development of Halal standards, on a global scale, a look at how things are moving along in other related areas may prove enlightening. It is likely to be along and complicated road…

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Thailand signs Halal export deals

| 10/09/2008 | Reply
Thailand signs Halal export deals

In an aggressive move to increase Halal exports,
Thailand’s Commerce Ministry has signed two export deals.

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A Quarter of Meat Market in the Persian Gulf Belongs to Brazil’s Sadia

| 09/09/2008 | Reply
A Quarter of Meat Market in the Persian Gulf Belongs to Brazil’s Sadia

Brazilian company Sadia, a producer of meats and meat products, has
a 25% market share in the beef, whole-chicken and chicken-in-part
markets in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman
and Bahrain, all countries in the Gulf.

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Faithful Have New Food for Thought

| 07/09/2008 | Reply
Faithful Have New Food for Thought

There is a new mindset for people’s outlook on food that is emerging through their personal beliefs that cannot be overlooked. This has changed from what used to be called ‘alternative’ lifestyle preference, and now is going mainstream. It is one of the reason’s that the market for Halal extends to the non-Muslims with the extra assurance of the animal welfare. This does not only apply to America but also the Middle East where manufacturing Halal food  cannot just about what is permitted in their religion but they now also, like the Americans, have to take into consideration the obesity and health issues that are prevalent in their region.

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World’s Best Halal Restaurants Competition

| 05/09/2008 | Reply
World’s Best Halal Restaurants Competition

Zabihah.com, which is the world’s largest guide to halal restaurants and markets, is holding a ‘World’s Best Halal Restaurants’ competition during Ramadhan. You can go to their site and vote for your favourite Halal eatery. You may even suggest new ones to add to their site! You may also want to put your Halal products up on their new site for review by their readers. Great way to do market research for free.

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US Muslims tell Ramadan hardships under secular life

| 05/09/2008 | Reply
US Muslims tell Ramadan hardships under secular life

Once again the blessed month of Ramadhan is here. This is a time when people all around the world can witness the sincerity of the muslims living amidst them in their commitment to perform the fast that has been made obligatory on them. It is a time when Halal food spirals upward in sales because, although fasting, people seem to consume so much more through not only feeding themselves but feeding others to receive the blessings of this sacred month. Ramadhan Kareem.

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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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Young Muslim Sees Running Family Business as His "Life’s Journey"

| 05/09/2008 | Reply
Young Muslim Sees Running Family Business as His "Life’s Journey"

This story needs to be read to remind other muslims that going into the field of Halal for their work can be both financially and personally satisfying. Job satisfaction in this day and age is rare, and those working in Halal usually can achieve it. The fact that he did not have the immediate trust of the muslim community only made him work all the harder doing things correctly to earn that trust. This is important for all Halal businesses to be successful.

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Reforming the Halal Food Economy

| 30/08/2008 | Reply
Reforming the Halal Food Economy

Creating Muslim-Driven Supply and Demand

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Halal board to boost export market, int’l standards for RP-processed foods

| 28/08/2008 | Reply
Halal board to boost export market, int’l standards for RP-processed foods

Aware of the huge market potential of halal products here and
abroad, the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certifying Board, Inc. (MMHCBI) will
meet here on Thursday (August 28) with the Northern Mindanao Poultry
Growers’ Association on compliance with the Philippine Halal Standards
in food and non-products preparation.

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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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Thumbs Up For Halal Academy

| 18/08/2008 | Reply
Thumbs Up For Halal Academy

Panelists and participants of the International
Halal Market Conference (IHME 2008), which concluded yesterday in Brunei, gave
their unanimous support for Brunei to set up the Halal Products Academy.

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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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Brunei To Set Up Company To Manage Halal Brand

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei To Set Up Company To Manage Halal Brand

The Brunei government is
setting up a company to oversee the development of a halal brand in
line with its move to be one of the major players of the halal brand
globally.

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Al Islami Cart awarded SGS Certification for Best Food Safety Practices

| 12/08/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Cart awarded SGS Certification for Best Food Safety Practices

Al Islami Foods, Dubai, a pioneer in the halal food industry, has been awarded
an SGS Cerfification for Best Food Safety and Hygience Practices
recognizing the company’s superior quality standards, best practices
and procedures established at Al Islami Cart project, a food franchise
model.


Mr Saleh Lootah, CEO, Al Islami Foods will be speaking at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei Darussalem on the 16-17 August 2008.

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Halal food drive starts

| 12/08/2008 | Reply
Halal food drive starts

Thailand has created a Halal
Food Services Standard for Tourism, developed by the Tourism Authority
of Thailand and the Halal Standard Institute of Thailand. What a clever plan! Restaurants are queued up in Malaysia trying to get Halal certification, and in the end most do not bother. This might be a more interesting approach to it.

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