Category: Asia

Southeast Asian Countries Urged To Jointly Market Halal Products

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Southeast Asian Countries Urged To Jointly Market Halal Products

Southeast
Asian countries competing to promote their halal products in the
international markets should join hands instead of trying to outdo each
other, a halal conference in Singapore was told today.

Malaysia’s
Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) chief executive officer
Datuk Jamil Bidin said they should be united so as to position
themselves as a global player or else they will face an uphill battle
to penetrate the world halal market if each goes its own way.

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Brunei Delegation Joins SIHAS

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Delegation Joins SIHAS

Ten local companies, led by the Ministry of Industry and Primary
Resources, exhibited their products during the Singapore International
Halal Showcase (Sihas) 2008 at Singapore Expo in an effort to penetrate
the lucrative halal food industry.

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US recession poses no threat to halal trade

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
US recession poses no threat to halal trade

A recession in the United States will have a minimal impact on the
international halal trade as the need to consume halal products is an
Islamic tenet, said Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation
(Matrade) chief executive officer Datuk Noharuddin Nordin,
speaking
at a press briefing yesterday on the upcoming 5th Malaysia
International Halal Showcase (Mihas 2008).

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More firms eyeing overseas markets seek halal certification

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
More firms eyeing overseas markets seek halal certification

More firms in Singapore are obtaining halal certification in hopes of
a slice of the global Muslim consumer market, Islamic Religious Council
data said on Friday.
Minister-in-charge
of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim told the Singapore International Halal
Showcase that the industry has expanded beyond food and includes health
supplements, cleansing agents and traditional Chinese medicines

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Brunei Needs To Zero In On Few Winning Sectors

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Needs To Zero In On Few Winning Sectors

“The government needs to plan a
framework to allow private sector to determine the relevant sectors”
that it wants to see flourish, Tareq Muhmood, chief executive
officer of HSBC Brunei, told The Brunei Times.

Business areas that the government
may look into as potential winners are tourism, halal food
production and halal certification services,” Tareq said.

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Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

| 16/01/2008 | Reply
Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

The
definitions of Halal, while generally agreed upon by Muslims, display
significant gaps when it comes to their application in the industry.
Due to differing Halal standards not only between countries but also
within each individual country (following the presence of various Halal
authorities), confusion, misunderstanding and even abuse in the Halal
audit and certification process have occurred. As a result, supply
chains have been broken whilst artificial shortages of raw material
have emerged as a result of disunity between Halal certification bodies.

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The Challenge To Achieve The Brunei Vision

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
The Challenge To Achieve The Brunei Vision

Brunei’s current vision to diversify their economy away from dependence on the oil and gas income involves the development of three key niche areas – Islamic Finance, the Halal Industry and Eco-Tourism.

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Pizza Hut introduces halal meat in Sri Lanka

| 23/12/2007 | Reply
Pizza Hut introduces halal meat in Sri Lanka

Global pizza restaurant chain Pizza Hut will offer delectable and sizzling items
made out of halal meat targetting the 1.8 million Muslim population in Sri
Lanka.

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Move With Trends Or Risk Being Left Behind, SMEs Told

| 14/12/2007 | Reply
Move With Trends Or Risk Being Left Behind, SMEs Told

Brunei must learn to catch up with trends in the global
food industry or risk being left out of the market, according to a
local entrepreneur.

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Thai giant exports halal poultry to UAE

| 10/12/2007 | Reply
Thai giant exports halal poultry to UAE

Following the UAE’s inspection of Thai poultry producers earlier this year, exports have started to flow to the GCC region, with food giant CPF leading the way with an initial shipment of 64 tonnes of cooked chicken.

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Thai Chicken exports to UAE start up again

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
Thai Chicken exports to UAE start up again

Thailand
has resumed chicken exports to the United Arab Emirates following a
suspension in 2005 due to changes in Halal certification of
cooked-chicken products in the Arab country.

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Brunei To Showcase Products At World Halal Expo in Abu Dhabi

| 02/12/2007 | Reply
Brunei To Showcase Products At World Halal Expo in Abu Dhabi

Establishments from Brunei Darussalam are ready to
participate in the World Halal Expo 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates (UAE), from December 9 to 11, to popularise local products
towards global recognition as well as to build networking with
international suppliers.

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Uruguay Eyes M’sia As Springboard To Asian Market

| 26/11/2007 | Reply
Uruguay Eyes M’sia As Springboard To Asian Market

Uruguay wants to form a partnership
with Malaysia to export its halal beef and make the latter a
springboard to enter Asian market, said its Ambassador to Malaysia
Pablo Sader.

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200,000 Canned Drinks Seized For Carrying Expired Halal Logo

| 22/11/2007 | Reply
200,000 Canned Drinks Seized For Carrying Expired Halal Logo

Malaysia – Some 200,000 canned drinks of various
flavours worth about RM200,000 were seized by the Islamic religious
authority from a company in Taman Selamat here today for carrying an
expired Halal logo.

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Muslims urged to Manufacture Halal Products

| 20/11/2007 | Reply
Muslims urged to Manufacture Halal Products

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said that Malacca State Development Corporation would be developing a
halal hub in a 2ha site in Serkam, with the construction of 34
workshops and 10 shophouses at a cost of RM9.1mil.

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Asean Charter To Bring Benefits For Brunei

| 20/11/2007 | Reply
Asean Charter To Bring Benefits For Brunei

The sultanate’s drive to push into
the halal market that is worth over US$600 billion, catering to 1.6
billion muslims worldwide, can also be leveraged through Asean’s
economic integration if the country can get its internal roadmap for
halal branding and promotion on track.

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25 Attend Halal Audit Training Programme

| 15/11/2007 | 2 Replies
25 Attend Halal Audit Training Programme

A four-day course on Halal audit training for twenty five participants from the
Agriculture Department, Religious Council, State Mufti’s Office,
Syariah Affairs Department, Department of Health Services, Fisheries
Department and National Accreditation and Standard Centre
will be held held in Brunei Darassalam. They will be following the guidelines of the Halal Standard Brunei launched and their Halal Conference in August.

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Thai Halal Food Producers to Join Paris Expo

| 15/11/2007 | Reply
Thai Halal Food Producers to Join Paris Expo

Once again Thailand is looking for new markets for its Halal range of products. Local government officials and halal food producers in
Thailand’s five southernmost border provinces met Tuesday to discuss
the participation of local halal food producers in the Paris Halal
Expo, according to Pranai Suwannarat, director of the Southern Border
Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC).

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DTI embarks on programs for SMEs

| 14/11/2007 | Reply
DTI embarks on programs for SMEs

Teolulo T. Pasawa, director of the DTI Southern Mindanao’s National
Economic Research and Business Assistance Center (Nerbac), said the
good manufacturing practices training was held on October 27, 2007. The Halal Products Retail Merchandising seminar
was held on November 14 at the Davao Medical School Foundation.

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Brunei-Australia Plan For World’s First International Halal Brand

| 11/11/2007 | Reply
Brunei-Australia Plan For World’s First International Halal Brand

The world’s first international halal
brand, which is expected to be launched by the middle of next year, is
being developed by the Brunei government with the involvement of
Australian food producers. Brian Norwood, chairman of Elders International Australia Ltd, the
company that is co-ordinating the project in Australia, told Bernama
the brand would be carried by only those products that are
“unquestionably genuine halal”.

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