Category: Europe

It’s a steal: sales stack up at Asda

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
It’s a steal: sales stack up at Asda

A day in the life at an Asda store where 75% of
the 70,000 customers who visit every week are from ethnic minorities.

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UK Supermarkets seize chance for land grab

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
UK Supermarkets seize chance for land grab

Britain’s supermarkets
are using the property crash to seize sites for new stores in a land
grab that could redefine the retail sector for years to come. The
move will consolidate the supermarkets’ stranglehold over the retail
sector and alarm MPs, small businesses and green groups. Tesco and Asda,
the biggest retailers, are committed to opening 2.5m sq ft of new space
this year, while Sainsbury’s wants to add 2.5m sq ft – 15% of its
floorspace – by March 2011. Morrisons is on track to open 1m sq ft by January 2011.

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The European Halal Market Outlook

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
The European Halal Market Outlook

The demand for Halal products and services in Europe is steadily increasing, and this is driving some changes in the industry that are likely to have ripples beyond the shores of the EU. Halal is now being seen as a potential engine of growth in economies all over the world, and it may well be that the next wave of initiatives in the market will not be coming from the more traditional markets of S E Asia of the Middle East, but from the West.

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Rumors and opinion campaigns (Islamic propaganda) force big brands to certify that their products are compatible with Islam

| 17/12/2009 | Reply
Rumors and opinion campaigns (Islamic propaganda) force big brands to certify that their products are compatible with Islam

It all started about 2 years ago by a rumour: Coca Cola contains alcohol. A silly accusation but immediately spread and accepted by Muslims…..

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Halal standard gets Olympic seal of approval

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
Halal standard gets Olympic seal of approval

THERE has
been a major breakthrough in securing approval of a food accreditation
standard set by the European Halal Development Agency. It comes with the publication of the 2012 Olympic Games food guidelines
that set standards for food including Halal at the games in London in
two-and-a-half years.

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French halal restaurants try gourmet cuisine

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
French halal restaurants try gourmet cuisine

In a stylishly decorated restaurant in the
heart of Paris, tucked between Bastille and Place de la Nation, Sophia
Tabet is perusing a typical French menu, including foie gras, beef
fillet and duck confit. But unlike other French eateries, this one offers no wine list, and
all food is prepared strictly in accordance with the principles of
Islamic sharia law.

How many more of these
restaurants catering to the Muslim gourmet are hidden away in cities
around the world? So refreshing to hear rather than a new Halal
McDonald’s! The Muslim youth of America, and other countries, are no
different to the the French, I am sure they would become patrons of
restaurants of this caliber.

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New industry group formed to focus on Halal Issues within the UK meat Sector

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
New industry group formed to focus on Halal Issues within the UK meat Sector

In the UK the Halal Steering Group, made up of nine members, has been put
together to guide work in the Halal sector and act as a forum for
issues related to Halal meat and will meet for the first time early in
the New Year. The move follows several months of dedicated work by Eblex and industry.

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HIG to host world’s first conference between Islamic finance, halal players

| 15/12/2009 | Reply
HIG to host world’s first conference between Islamic finance, halal players

BRITAIN’S Halal Industries Group plc (HIG) will host the world’s first
Halal Capital Markets Conference in London on 24-28 May 2010. The event aims to bring together players in the halal food production and
Islamic finance.

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Netherlands: School backs down from halal-only Christmas meal

| 14/12/2009 | Reply
Netherlands: School backs down from halal-only Christmas meal

Nice gesture from a school in the Netherlands to make their annual Christmas dinner Halal for the 10 students in the school who are Muslim. However, I would tend to agree with the parents who opposed the decision on this one. Christmas is in no way a Muslim holiday, so Muslims should be given the option not to attend it or, if they want to attend it, they should do so knowing that they are celebrating with Christians in the way they celebrate their religious holiday. Muslim parents must know these issues will come up when they register their children in a Catholic school in the first place, so should not expect concessions for their children other than permission not to attend. Next stop Easter.

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Blunder as wrong East Lancashire KFC listed on halal guide

| 13/12/2009 | Reply
Blunder as wrong East Lancashire KFC listed on halal guide

The mix-up, on the Zabihah.com website, directed customers to the
Colne Road branch of KFC restaurant in Burnley when in fact the only
halal branch of the chain is in North Valley Road, Colne.

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UK flags new rules to strengthen meat traceability

| 10/12/2009 | Reply
UK flags new rules to strengthen meat traceability

New supply chain regulations designed to beef up the ‘farm to fork’
traceability of cattle, sheep and goats sent to slaughter will come
into force in the UK from the beginning of next year.

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Alcohol Free Handwash

| 09/12/2009 | Reply
Alcohol Free Handwash

A British firm said that it had solved a potential hygiene problem
for Muslims by inventing an alcohol-free handwash that has been
certified as “halal”.

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SJK Products Launches Onepure alcohol free, natural sanitising handgel

| 04/12/2009 | Reply
SJK Products Launches Onepure alcohol free, natural sanitising handgel

Based
on a 900-year Old Formula: This combination of natural ingredients was
originally discovered in the 12th century by Genghis Khan’s Mongol
Empire. Its efficacy in killing germs may have been a major
contribution towards bringing about the Mongol Empire’s military
supremacy.

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Switzerland – Nestle expands Halal food production

| 04/12/2009 | Reply
Switzerland – Nestle expands Halal food production

Germany, with a Muslim population of around four million, has a halal market worth €4 billion according to business-wissen. Within
this figure, kebab meat accounts for €2.8 billion of the total. The
market continues to show good growth and offers potential for Irish
companies, particularly in the meat sector.

As Halal slaughtering
does not take place in Germany due to legal constraints, German Halal
certifying bodies such as Halal Control and m-haditec do not certify
German meat.

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Kluber Awarded Halal Certification for Lubricants

| 03/12/2009 | Reply
Kluber Awarded Halal Certification for Lubricants

Klüber
Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, now
offers a full line of Halal certified lubricants. With more than 100
products carrying the Halal designation, Klüber has the largest number
of lubricant choices for food processing equipment in the world.

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Brittany gateway for Malaysia to Halal market in Europe

| 25/11/2009 | Reply
Brittany gateway for Malaysia to Halal market in Europe

PARIS: Malaysia is targeting Brittany in western France as the gateway to penetrate the US$40bil Halal food market in Europe. Halal Industry Development Corp Sdn Bhd (HDC) chief executive officer
Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said the company hoped to provide a platform for
Malaysian companies to break into the European Halal market.

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When Halal Isn’t Enough

| 24/11/2009 | Reply
When Halal Isn’t Enough

Eid al-Adha is almost here and Muslims across the world are preparing
to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son Ismael by
doing what we do best: eating lots and lots of meat. At the heart of this celebration however, especially in the West, is
the controversial issue of what makes our meat halal or permissible.

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Islamic Insurer Closes

| 23/11/2009 | Reply
Islamic Insurer Closes

The first Islamic insurer to be based in the UK has closed its books.

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Somerset Couple Launch First Organic Halal Meat Business for Muslims

| 22/11/2009 | Reply
Somerset Couple Launch First Organic Halal Meat Business for Muslims

After
taking the plunge in their early thirties to split from the capital,
starting an organic halal meat business was the last thing on the minds
of Neil and Nikki. However after witnessing first hand the lack of
standards, ethics and principles in much of the halal meat industry
they decided to address the problem.

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World Halal Forum – Europe – Overview

| 19/11/2009 | Reply
World Halal Forum – Europe – Overview

An outline of what was discussed at the first World Halal Forum – Europe. The event was well attended by key international people in the Halal industry, with animal welfare one of the main topics of the event.

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