Category: Retail

Germany: Halal and Kosher dairy demand on the rise

| 05/03/2012 | Reply
Germany: Halal and Kosher dairy demand on the rise

Consumer demand for Halal and Kosher-based dairy ingredients is on the rise globally, but demand not only demands careful evaluation of ingredients, but also strict regulation of product packaging, production processes and facilities.

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UAE: Digital presence a must for Middle East brands

| 05/03/2012 | Reply
UAE: Digital presence a must for Middle East brands

The TNS Digital Life study, which surveyed 60,000 respondents globally, found that 20 per cent of actual in-store sales are influenced by pre-purchase digital touch points, suggesting that brands must be the driver of information before user-generated material takes hold.

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USA: Ahmad Adam, The Entrepreneur Behind Halal Chicken at Crescent Foods

| 29/02/2012 | Reply
USA: Ahmad Adam, The Entrepreneur Behind Halal Chicken at Crescent Foods

Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen interviews Ahmad Adam. “I would say that Mr. Ahmad Adam, the entrepreneur behind Crescent Foods, is doing more than just bring us all great chicken. He’s changing the way we think about halal, community, and the ability to rise to greater potential in this market.”

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Saudi Arabia: Private Equity firms buy key stake in Saudi food group

| 22/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Private Equity firms buy key stake in Saudi food group

Levant Capital, an investment firm focused on regional private equity investments and Citi Venture Capital International (CVCI) said they have jointly acquired a controlling stake in Saudi-based Al-Raya For Foodstuff Company for $100 million. The transaction presents an opportunity for Levant Capital and CVCI to capitalize on the growth in consumer-driven demand and the increasingly attractive middle income segment of the Gulf region’s largest economy.

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France: Frozen Foods Success in French Halal Sector

| 10/02/2012 | Reply
France: Frozen Foods Success in French Halal Sector

The 10 per cent growth rate in the overall Halal market is clearly driven by the frozen products category. Savoury products alone total approx. €31 million (up 12 per cent). Frozen meats are one of the biggest contributors in terms of sales.

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Malaysia: Traders to be required to disclose Halal status of leather products!

| 06/02/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Traders to be required to disclose Halal status of leather products!

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry is drawing up a regulation to make it compulsory for traders to disclose the halal status of leather goods. Its secretary-general Datuk Saripuddin Kasim said this was to enable them to display separately, leather items such as bags, shoes and clothing that are made from non-halal material.

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UAE: Processed foods ‘claim 50pc of F&B market’

| 01/02/2012 | Reply
UAE: Processed foods ‘claim 50pc of F&B market’

Demand for processed food is growing rapidly across all food and beverage categories in the Middle East, and accounts for 50 per cent of the food market in the region, say the organisers of Gulfood in Dubai.

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UAE: SouqExtra! Ewan Center Embraces New Retail Trend

| 27/01/2012 | Reply
UAE: SouqExtra! Ewan Center Embraces New Retail Trend

SouqExtra!, the national chain of community supercenters, has experienced a 48 percent increase in daily footfall corresponding to the positive reception of its concept by the local retail community and the confident outlook for the UAE retail sector.

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UK: Kingsmill gains Halal certification

| 03/01/2012 | Reply
UK: Kingsmill gains Halal certification

Guy Shepherd, category director at Allied Bakeries, said: “This demonstrates our dedication to catering to differing consumer needs. The accreditation means that it’s easy and simple for retailers and consumers to be confident that these products are suitable for a Halal diet.”

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UK: Brunei Halal Brand’s UK facility to be ready in January 2012

| 26/12/2011 | Reply
UK: Brunei Halal Brand’s UK facility to be ready in January 2012

The CEO hoped that a percentage of the employees in the UK subsidiary will be made up of Bruneians, and jobs on offer will spread across the board, from Information Technology (IT) to accounting to marketing and so on.

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USA: Food Safety Eclipses Rising Food Costs as Top Food Story of 2011

| 09/12/2011 | Reply
USA: Food Safety Eclipses Rising Food Costs as Top Food Story of 2011

Food safety tops the list of an annual survey asking Americans to choose the most significant food story of 2011. Even in a year when global food prices hit record highs.

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‘Philippines products need more exposure in Kuwaiti market’

| 27/11/2011 | Reply
‘Philippines products need more exposure in Kuwaiti market’

The Philippines needs more exposure to a ‘highly competitive Kuwaiti market,’ said Dr Hani M Al-Mazeedi, Associate Research Scientist at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR).

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Australia: MP claims Halal meat is converting Aussies to Islam

| 27/11/2011 | Reply
Australia: MP claims Halal meat is converting Aussies to Islam

In a speech to Parliament, backbencher Luke Simpkins said most Australians did not know that most of the meat they ate came from animals killed in accordance with Muslim law.

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UK: New base for Brunei Halal food company

| 24/11/2011 | Reply
UK: New base for Brunei Halal food company

FOOD company Brunei Halal, part of the global Wafiri Holdings brand, has opened a new sales and distribution centre in Birmingham. The company has signed a five-year lease on a 25,000 sq ft unit at Saltley Business Park and created 30 new jobs in the process.

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UK: Pure Halal Beauty

| 08/11/2011 | Reply
UK: Pure Halal Beauty

Pure Halal Beauty, a store dedicated solely to Halal Certified and Vegan Registered beauty products, opened its doors last Christmas in Birmingham’s Pavilions Shopping Centre. Now less than a year after opening the business is booming.

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Opinion: Halal confectionery for children

| 02/11/2011 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Halal confectionery for children

Although the initial influx of entrepreneurship from several Muslim-backed or owned companies gave rise to the increased trend for Halal confectionary sales, it has inevitably been due to the large corporate confectionery manufacturers, that we have seen this surge in the Halal confectionery consumer market.

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UAE: Global Halal food market valued at $2.77tr

| 27/10/2011 | Reply
UAE: Global Halal food market valued at $2.77tr

Said to be the world’s largest Halal trade fair, MIHAS 2012 will showcase Halal products on 4-7 April 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. MIHAS is designed not only to bring together the world’s largest display of Halal goods, products and services under on roof, it is also aimed at showcasing the strength and potential of global networking amongst businesses. The show provides an opportunity to expand business by exploring new business markets in the world.

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Saudi Arabia: Singapore taps into rising Saudi food sector market

| 23/10/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Singapore taps into rising Saudi food sector market

A Singapore business delegation from the food sector is currently in Saudi Arabia to explore business opportunities in the Kingdom’s burgeoning food and beverage sector. GCC’s $9 billion food and beverage market, easily establishing the country as a major business and investment destination for key players in the food production value chain.

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The Mainstreaming Of Fair Trade

| 20/10/2011 | Reply
The Mainstreaming Of Fair Trade

Consumer awareness of Fair Trade in the U.S. is around 34%–not as high as awareness of organic products, but it’s a large number considering that Fair Trade has been around in this country for less than two decades. Organic certification in the U.S. has existed since the early 1970s.

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Canada: Grand opening for Asian Supercentre planned for late November

| 05/10/2011 | Reply
Canada: Grand opening for Asian Supercentre planned for late November

Asian Supercentre will house 18 departments offering the largest fresh and live fish market in Ottawa, fresh produce, fresh Halal meat, on-site baked goods, deli, noodles, sauces, pickles, grains, spices, canned good and fruit. The store is all about multicultural diversity, where variety and choice reigns surpreme.

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