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Cappoquin’s new owners to focus on halal market

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Cappoquin’s new owners to focus on halal market

Ireland: The new owners of Cappoquin Chickens are expected to focus production on the halal market. The
owners of Derby Poultry, Perwiaz Latif and Zahid Hussain, who bought
the Co Waterford company last week, are already involved in producing
meats for the UK Muslim market.

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Ritual slaughter of animals excluded from new regulations

| 29/09/2008 | Reply
Ritual slaughter of animals excluded from new regulations

Ritual
killing of animals by Muslims and Jews is to be excluded from a new
European Commission animal welfare regulation dealing with conditions
for slaughtering animals.

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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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Canadian meat producers target the Middle East

| 24/09/2008 | Reply
Canadian meat producers target the Middle East

A group of farmers from Alberta, Canada will soon be launching an
office in Dubai to market their meat products throughout the Middle
East. Operating as Prairie Halal Foods, the partnership of
seven companies plans to sell Halal beef, bison and elk meat to top-end
restaurants in the region explained general manager Wahid Kandil.

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Turkey close to launch of halal standards

| 22/09/2008 | Reply
Turkey close to launch of halal standards

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Government looks to become top producer of halal goods

| 21/09/2008 | Reply
Government looks to become top producer of halal goods

A
draft bill before on halal goods before the House of Representatives
could help Indonesia become one of the world’s leading producers of
halal food and beverages, the government says.

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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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Shariah Law: a matter of belief

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
Shariah Law: a matter of belief

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, suggested
earlier this year that integrating some aspects of Shariah law into the
UK legal system might not be a bad idea. The archbishop said we had to face
up to the fact that some UK citizens did not relate to the current
legal system.
With
an estimated 1.6 million Muslims living and working in the UK and an
increasing Muslim population, Shariah is set to become a pressing issue
for employers.

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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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