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From Adelaide to the World

| 07/03/2008 | Reply
From Adelaide to the World


When you hear Steve Marafiote has been working in the food business for
more than 20 years it might not come as a surprise to discover his
company turns over $25 million a year. What might surprise is that Marafiote is only 32. His company
Australian Quality Plus is less than five years old and his first job
in the industry was serving customers in his family’s fruit shop in
Adelaide.

Always nice to read a success story, especially when Halal is on the menu!

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Wal-Mart: Arab-America’s Store

| 06/03/2008 | Reply
Wal-Mart: Arab-America’s Store

As
America changes, so does the store where America shops. In Dearborn
this week, the world’s largest retailer Walmart opens a store like no other
among its 3,500 U.S. outlets. Walk through the front door of the
200,000-square-foot super center and instead of rows of checkout
counters, you find a scene akin to a farmers market in Beirut.

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Asda extends halal range

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Asda extends halal range

Asda
has extended its range of halal frozen meats to give Muslim shoppers a
wider choice of products that are produced to strict religious
standards.

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Shortsightedness on halal food issue

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Shortsightedness on halal food issue

The
recent debates on mandatory halal food certification in Indonesia have so far
focused on whether this could be regulated by the state or if an
organization would be trusted to conduct the assessments. Critics of the halal bill say since Indonesia has a Muslim majority, food and other products should, by default, be halal. It’s the haram products, they say, that should be certified.

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Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules

| 02/03/2008 | Reply
Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules


“Arabic labelling has been made compulsory for all food products coming
to UAE ports for local consumption or re-export.” Traders importing food for local consumption in

Dubai or re-export must comply with new regulations issued by the municipality. Starting April 1 food products will not be allowed entry into the UAE without the correct labeling.

This will be a strong consideration for Halal producers who are trying to enter into this lucrative market but will now face the extra charges of relabeling their products.

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MUI wants draft law to ban sales of uncertified products

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
MUI wants draft law to ban sales of uncertified products

Any
food products found without halal or haram labels should be withdrawn
from the market to avoid confusing Muslims, the Indonesian Ulema
Council (MUI) said Friday. Deputy head of MUI’s food and drugs analysis body Lukmanul Hakim said
once halal labeling was made compulsory all producers of halal products
should obtain certificates.

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Jakarta moves toward Islamisation, obligatory halal labeling considered

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Jakarta moves toward Islamisation, obligatory halal labeling considered

The
government recently proposed a draft law on halal certification for
food products; the text of the law must be discussed and approved by
the house of representatives.  But some parliamentarians have already
spoken out in its favour.  The Council of the Ulema (MUI) is pushing
for the labelling, now optional, to be made obligatory.  It intends to
do the same for medicines and cosmetics.

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Halal labeling not necessary

| 27/02/2008 | Reply
Halal labeling not necessary


The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has a legitimate point in demanding
that Muslims, who make up the majority of the population, need
protection and assurances from the government that what they consume is
halal, or permitted under Islamic law.

However, making halal labeling legally mandatory is surely not the most
effective way of achieving that objective. Meeting the MUI demand that
the draft law on halal food, drugs and cosmetics the government is now
finalizing make halal labeling compulsory could cause chaos in the
market.

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Jawhara Gardens Hotel receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

| 24/02/2008 | Reply
Jawhara Gardens Hotel receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

Jawhara
Hotels part of the UAE based business conglomerate S.S. Lootah Group
received the ‘BS EN ISO 9001:2000’ certification for its Jawhara
Gardens Hotel
.
Jawhara
Gardens is the flagship hotel of the Jawhara chain and has always
pursued excellence in its processes where everything right from
cleaning of the hotel up to accounting follows the Islamic and Halal
concept.

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Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

British Muslims have reacted with anger to know that certain
types of crisps produced by a major snack food manufacturer contain
traces of alcohol, hitting out at the producer for disregarding Muslim
religious sensibilities.

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Al Islami Foods acquires chunk of ‘Al Farooj Fresh’ chain

| 20/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods acquires chunk of ‘Al Farooj Fresh’ chain

Reinforcing its
leading position, Al Islami Foods today announced acquiring a major
share in Al Farooj Fresh, a UAE based restaurant chain. The move
propels Al Islami into a strong position in the fast growing and
profitable hospitality segment of the UAE, starting with freshly baked
and wholesome fresh Shawerma wraps, a new global healthy trend in the
fast food industry.

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Plans to issue standards on halal hit snag

| 18/02/2008 | Reply
Plans to issue standards on halal hit snag

AN INTERAGENCY BODY IS SET TO come out next month with standards on
the production of halal food amid efforts of food manufacturers to take
advantage of the $200-billion global market.

However, an official of the Jakarta-based World Halal Council said
the guidelines were “localized” and not up to the requirements for
internationally accepted food for Muslims.

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Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

About 130 participants consisting industry players, government
agencies as well academicians attended the World Halal Forum Halal Industry dialogue in The Hague where they got an
insight into the prospects of developing the halal industry in the
Netherlands and using it as a springboard to the European countries.



Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC)’s chief
executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin said, Malaysia needs to rebrand its halal concept first before tapping the lucrative European market.
Surprisingly, he noted that most participants were non-Muslims, a
clear indication halal products have certainly garnered attention in
the Dutch market.

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Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

Changing the mindset of the Dutch
about the virtues of halal food, though tough, is still a worthwhile
pursuit as the Netherlands is not only a lucrative market, but a
potential gateway for such products from Malaysia to Europe.

The Hague city Vice Mayor, Henk Kool, said it was possible to
change the perception of the Dutch as “they are open-minded and can be
very enthusiastic about the goodness of halal foods.” Currently, there is a perception among the Dutch that halal food
is only for Muslims. “You have to change that perception,” he said.

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On a More Positive Note from Iraq..

| 15/02/2008 | Reply
On a More Positive Note from Iraq..

A US veterinarian and Army major working with an embedded
reconstruction team, Jessica McCoy, is helping poultry farmers regroup.
Through the association, said McCoy, Iraqi farmers are learning how
to raise a quality chicken without any noticeable blemishes. “We are
aiming for the ‘high-end’ poultry market,” said McCoy. “There is a
strong market for fresh (not frozen) poultry slaughtered according to
the halal method that has been raised without hormones or other
‘chemical additives.’”
Even in war torn Iraq people are prepared to pay top price for quality products.

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Half The World Is Here

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Half The World Is Here

Want
to know how a city grows? Watch what it eats. Cleveland, long a bastion
of pierogis (or piroshke or pyrohy, depending on which side of what
Eastern European border your great-grandmother traveled from), is now
enriched by a conflation of Arabic, African and Asian tastes – all of
whom have among them the commonality of a fast-growing religion, Islam.

Just as the Kosher deli became a part of American life, slowly the Halal stores with their range of ethnic foods are expanding their customer base to satisfy the needs of the multicultural neighbourhoods in American cities.

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Al Islami demonstrates lucrative franchise model at Global Village

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami demonstrates lucrative franchise model at Global Village

After
the successful launch of Al Islami Cart franchise model in the UAE last
year, in collaboration with Muhammad Bin Rashid Establishment for Young
Business Leaders (SME), UAE National franchisees are currently
benefiting from this lucrative business model at Global Village
.

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Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

Bilal Gourmet Foods BV, a
Malaysian-Dutch company, is making inroads into the vastly potential
European market for halal products where demand is exceeding supply.

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Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

| 12/02/2008 | Reply
Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

Rising consumption from affluent global Muslim populations will
drive Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd’s double digit sales growth over that of
last year, according to a local brokerage.
Middle Eastern
countries have been accumulating wealth over the past five years due to
surging crude oil prices and this is expected to spur demand for
consumer products and consequently, robust growth for the relatively
untapped halal food segment.

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Dietary laws go to college

| 10/02/2008 | Reply
Dietary laws go to college

The trend to offer kosher and Halal dietary options at Universities in the US continues to increase. This is a potentially attractive opportunity for food service and vending machine companies able to fill this gap, and we expect to see this trend continue. It is also an area where the Jews and the Muslims seem to find cooperation useful and relatively easy.

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