Category: G-20 News

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) supports Gulfood 2010

| 19/01/2010 | Reply
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) supports Gulfood 2010

The Australian meat & livestock industry
will be actively involved in the Gulfood 2010 edition to be held during
February 21-24, in a step that reflects its commitment to the
highly-important ME markets, according to Mr. Lachlan Bowtell, the
Regional Manager of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the
international marketing arm of Australian meat and livestock producers.

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Anchorage’s first halal grocery opens

| 19/01/2010 | Reply
Anchorage’s first halal grocery opens

Anchorage is now home to nearly 4,000 Muslims, up from a hundred or so when Lamin Jobarteh, who hails from the West African nation of Gambia arrived in Alaska to attend graduate school in the 1990s. After watching the growing community order bulk shipments of Halal meat and speciality groceries from Seattle and Vancouver for years, Jobarteh left his career as a business banker and has now opened ‘Alaska’s First Halal Grocery’.

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Halal – A Perfect Storm on the Horizon

| 17/01/2010 | Reply
Halal – A Perfect Storm on the Horizon

Markets, like everything else, go in cycles, and we are all of us well aware that we are going through a period of market contraction. But contraction and expansion go together, they are one of the pairs of opposites upon which Allah has created existence, and we can be confident that contraction in any given time is the preparation, the source even, for an expansion to follow.

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Brazil Targets US & Mexico to Make Up for Lost Poultry Market

| 16/01/2010 | Reply
Brazil Targets US & Mexico to Make Up for Lost Poultry Market

Brazil’s Poultry Exporters Association (Abef) promises to work hard
to open new markets this year, in order to partly make up for the
losses incurred due to the appreciation of the real (the Brazilian
currency) against the dollar, which made the domestic product more
expensive abroad, and due to the global demand retraction seen in 2009.

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Industry Minister optimistic exports to Egypt to grow 20 pct

| 15/01/2010 | Reply
Industry Minister optimistic exports to Egypt to grow 20 pct

Jakarta – Industry Minister MS Hidayat has predicted that Indonesia`s
non-oil/non-gas exports to Egypt will grow by around 20 percent this
year. “Our main
exports to Egypt include furniture, `halal` food and beverages, as well
as electronic goods which we are now trying to produce in greater
volumes,” he said.

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Brunei signs MOU supplement with Japanese company

| 14/01/2010 | Reply
Brunei signs MOU supplement with Japanese company

THE
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR), Brunei Economic
Development Board (BEDB) and Pharmex Japan Co Ltd yesterday signed a
Supplement to the Memorandum of Understanding which extends the duration of the MoU that was signed on February 28, 2008, by a further two years. The MoU will further firm up details which could potentially lead to
the setting up of an estimated US$250 million manufacturing plant in
the planned Agro-Technology Park in Brunei Darussalam.

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For Some, ‘Kosher’ Equals Pure

| 14/01/2010 | Reply
For Some, ‘Kosher’ Equals Pure

There are many similarities between Kosher and Halal. The way that Kosher is perceived in the market has a lot of significant parallels to Halal. At this stage, as is shown in the article, Kosher is more of a mainstream product than a religious one. It is very likely that Halal will follow suit in this respect.

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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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France – Fast food chain goes Halal

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
France – Fast food chain goes Halal

The Belgian fast-food chain Quick is experimenting with halal
restaurants in France. The branches will only serve
products which comply with the Islamic food requirements. Since
mid-December, eight Quicks in France changed over completely to halal
food: Toulouse, Marseille (2), Roubaix, Villeurbanne, Argenteuil,
Garges-lès-Gonesse and Buchelay.

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Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

KUALA LUMPUR: Five small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers from Malaysia are preparing to ship their halal
food products worth RM600,000 to Britain to be sold at 180 Tesco stores
there as part of the efforts by Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd to bring
Malaysian products to the global arena.

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US Green Mosques

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
US Green Mosques

WASHINGTON
DC — A growing awareness of everything environmentally friendly is
taking place in mosques across the United States, which are joining
hands with grassroots faith-based groups to encourage the mainstream
society to work towards better environmental stewardship.

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Chinese halal market seen as source of rich potential

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
Chinese halal market seen as source of rich potential

Thai exporters are being urged to tap into China’s expanding Muslim food market. “China is one of the world’s most eye-catching halal food markets,
as Muslims there total more than 30 million, or 2.3% of China’s
population,” said Srirat Rastapana, director-general of the Export
Promotion Department.

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Halal certification group under fire

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
Halal certification group under fire

An
Islamic group seeking to offer New Zealand businesses a “globally
recognised” halal certification is being criticised by the NZ
Federation of Islamic Associations, which says the Southeast Asian
organisation does not have the resources to do inspections here.

Reza Khedmati, director of Al-Rasoul Halal Certification, said the
company had been set up to offer New Zealand exporters an
“internationally accepted halal certification” as a result of problems
encountered with Islamic countries.

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CAFTA open doors for more Malaysian products in China

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
CAFTA open doors for more Malaysian products in China

The full implementation of the China-Asean Free Trade Area (CAFTA) from
Jan 1 this year will allow more products from this country to be
marketed in China. Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said there would be zero tariff on 9,000 products.

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AANZFTA a boon for Asean, modest boost for Brunei

| 10/01/2010 | Reply
AANZFTA a boon for Asean, modest boost for Brunei

AUSTRALIA’S trade minister Simon Crean welcomed the commencement of
the country’s largest free trade agreement, the Asean-Australia-New
Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), earlier this week in an
announcement on the ministry’s website. Australia’s
High Commissioner to Brunei, Mark Sawers, is focusing on the broader liberalisation
aspect between the three regions. Sawers told The Brunei Times yesterday that the historic
agreement, which spans 12 economies with over 600 million people and a
combined GDP of A$3.1 trillion, will lead to modest improvements in
some particular sectors between Brunei and Australia.

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France today: a tale of halal foie gras and burkas Burka

| 09/01/2010 | Reply
France today: a tale of halal foie gras and burkas Burka

Sales of halal foie gras have increased ten-fold in the last two
years, delighting supermarket chains across France. “It is one of our
bestsellers, we were selling more than 30 a day” said the manager of a
Parisian branch of Carrefour, while a spokesman for a leading meat
wholesalers announced that demand for halal duck and halal capon has
been “unprecedented” in 2009.

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France: Fast-food chain opens halal branches

| 08/01/2010 | Reply
France: Fast-food chain opens halal branches

The Belgian fast-food chain Quick is experimenting with halal restaurants in France (see also here).
Those branches serve only products which comply with the Islamic food
requirements. Since mid-December, eight France Quicks changed over
completely to halal food: Toulouse, Marseille (2), Roubaix,
Villeurbanne, Argenteuil, Garges-lès-Gonesse and Buchelay.

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Global Standards Needed To Promote Halal Industry, Says US Envoy

| 08/01/2010 | Reply
Global Standards Needed To Promote Halal Industry, Says US Envoy

Malaysia and other Asean members need
to come up with universal standards in their effort to promote the
halal industry, according to US ambassador to Malaysia, James R. Keith.

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Halal-Certified Cosmetics – At A Website Near You

| 08/01/2010 | 1 Reply
Halal-Certified Cosmetics – At A Website Near You

Award-winning company, Sunrider International, manufactures
over 415 products including a line of health and beauty products that
are certified as halal by IFANCA. Twenty-year-old CNI Enterprise, a
multi-level marketing company based in Malaysia, also offers its own
range of halal-certified cosmetics.

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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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