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Is the US ready for ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’?

| 09/10/2011 | Reply
Is the US ready for ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’?

Influential American broadcaster Katie Couric has suggested a way to change attitudes to Muslims in the US. Pointing to the success in the 1980s and 90s of TV sitcom The Cosby Show in improving relations between African-Americans and whites, she argues that a Muslim version of the show may counter some Americans’ negative perceptions of the community.

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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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USA: Tapping a Growing Halal Market

| 09/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Tapping a Growing Halal Market

Global Islamic finance is now considered to be a nearly $1 trillion industry, while as of last year, the worldwide halal market was worth an estimated $630 billion. The growth of these industries has spurred some investors to develop new financial products that combine bits of both, including halal food indices and equity funds.

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Canada: Ottawa mulling course for all food workers

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Canada: Ottawa mulling course for all food workers

Ottawa Public Health is debating whether to force all food handlers in the city to take a mandatory food safety course. The city now offers a one-day voluntary food safety certification course and demand is high for that course.

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Canada: Where’s the beef… from?

| 29/07/2011 | Reply
Canada: Where’s the beef… from?

We love our beef, we humans, so we share our planet with a heck of a lot of cattle. According to Gira, an international market research group, almost a billion beef cattle are being raised for dinner tables worldwide, about 12.3 million of them in Canada, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan. That’s about one head of beef for every three Canadians.

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Pakistan: Engro Foods floating 2.7 million shares

| 23/06/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Engro Foods floating 2.7 million shares

The company is also entering international markets through launch of “Al-Safa”—a halal food business in North America acquired by Engro Corporation at a total cost of $6.3 million.

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Canada: The goat gambol

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
Canada:   The goat gambol

Fuelling the demand is Alberta’s diverse ethnic population. Goat meat is eaten regularly outside of North America and as these communities resettle here in Alberta, so does the demand for goat meat. The most common place to find goat meat today in Alberta is at a Halal meat shop.

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Canada: Global Halal Food Market

| 09/05/2011 | Reply
Canada: Global Halal Food Market

Global Halal Food Market May 2011 The Government of Canada has prepared this report based on primary and secondary sources of information. Readers should take note that the Government of Canada does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information contained in this report, nor does it necessarily endorse the organizations listed herein. Readers […]

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Canada: Supermarket speaks language of Halal

| 08/05/2011 | Reply
Canada: Supermarket speaks language of Halal

Sunny Foodmart is owned by three Chinese Canadians who have stocked food from a multitude of cultures and reached out to Muslim customers with a certified halal meat counter.

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Canada: Kraft calls on star chefs to capture immigrant market

| 13/04/2011 | Reply
Canada: Kraft calls on star chefs to capture immigrant market

Major North American food companies have been expanding their overseas markets for decades. But targeting ethnic consumers on home turf is still relatively uncharted territory. Industry analysts say that’s changing, as shifting demographics in Canada force mainstream food companies to recognize new growth opportunities among domestic minority groups.

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Canada: Quebec mayor reaches out to French-speaking Muslim immigrants

| 17/03/2011 | Reply
Canada: Quebec mayor reaches out to French-speaking Muslim immigrants

Like small-town mayors everywhere, Stéphane Gendron is trying to entice newcomers to settle in his community. But he may be the only one whose enticement offers include a promise to build a mosque and halal slaughterhouse. The mayor says immigrants from the Maghreb, with their French skills and high levels of education, could fill badly-needed manpower needs.

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USA: Al-Safa Chicken Products are no Longer ‘Zabihah’ or Hand Slaughtered

| 07/03/2011 | Reply
USA: Al-Safa Chicken Products are no Longer ‘Zabihah’ or Hand Slaughtered

The company has recently changed to a new chicken supplier who does not exclusively employ the hand slaughter method at its facility and instead uses a mechanical slaughter process. They have now removed the “Zabihah” label from the Al-Safa package.

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Canada: Bonté Foods receives Halal certification

| 21/10/2010 | Reply
Canada: Bonté Foods receives Halal certification

Dieppe-based Bonté Foods are looking to capitalize on the growing demand for Halal food, as they received certification earlier this week to produce some of its signature products throughout Canada that will be certified Halal.

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Canada: Toronto-made Campbell’s soups has U.S. conservatives simmering

| 20/10/2010 | Reply
Canada: Toronto-made Campbell’s soups has U.S. conservatives simmering

At issue is a line of 15 halal soups made in Etobicoke, available in certain Canadian markets and certified by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

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Canada: A Canadian line of Campbell’s soups has activists stewing

| 18/10/2010 | Reply
Canada: A Canadian line of Campbell’s soups has activists stewing

Campbell Soup Co., the Camden, N.J., food giant, has been fighting a grass-roots boycott of its products after its Canadian subsidiary rolled out a line of soups certified as halal, meaning they’re prepared according to Islamic dietary laws.

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Premium Brands buys Vancouver Halal meat supplier for $2.1 million

| 23/01/2010 | Reply
Premium Brands buys Vancouver Halal meat supplier for $2.1 million

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Premium Brands Holdings Corp. (TSX:PBH) says it has
acquired Vancouver-based South Seas Meats Ltd., a distributor of Halal
specialty meats that will help expand Premium’s portfolio of ethnic
foods. Premium Brands, which has about 25,000 customers in Western
Canada and Washington State, paid about $2.1 million for South Sea
Meats, which had annual sales of about $10 million.
Ahsan
Razak, the founder and operator of South Sea Meats, will join the
management team of Premium Brands.

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Campbells include Halal Food in their Food Bank Donations

| 13/01/2010 | Reply
Campbells include Halal Food in their Food Bank Donations

Campbell Company of

Canada and Food Banks

Canada today announced a comprehensive multi-year agreement that will support hunger relief across

Canada through the donation of nutritious food, charitable funds, educational resources and other awareness and community programs.

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Canada drug firm to build halal facility

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
Canada drug firm to build halal facility

A CANADA-based pharmaceutical company is keen to build a Brunei
facility that will make halal pharmaceutical products for the Muslim
world, the High Commissioner of Canada yesterday said during a new year celebration held at the commissioner’s residence
yesterday, Wendell Sanford said the project could cost US$12 million,
but added the figure is still not confirmed.

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Introducing Campbells Halal Certified Products in Canada

| 01/01/2010 | 3 Replies
Introducing Campbells Halal Certified Products in Canada

Campbells Canada launches a selection of Halal-certified products.

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Immigrant entrepreneurs: Fresh perspective

| 07/10/2009 | Reply
Immigrant entrepreneurs: Fresh perspective

Jasmine Mediterranean Foods’ warehouse in East Vancouver is piled
high with boxes of delicious foods from the Mediterranean: dates,
olives, olive oil, couscous, tahini and more. It’s the culmination of
around 15 years of hard work by Moussa Mohaidly, a Lebanese immigrant
who built this importing and wholesaling business up from scratch.

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