Category: Europe

Functional system enables dairy-free pizza toppings

| 22/09/2009 | Reply
Functional system enables dairy-free pizza toppings

Cargill new functional system to replace dairy proteins in cheese
analogues for pizzas, there by reducing food firms’ vulnerability to
dairy price fluctuations. It also assists in getting the products Halal certified.

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Halal Meat in UK Supermarkets

| 21/09/2009 | Reply
Halal Meat in UK Supermarkets

National Halal products, from fresh lamb and mutton to burgers, can be
obtained nationwide, from as far south as Slough west of London to
Bradford Yorkshire in the north of England. Tesco and Asda are now
displaying the National Halal products.

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Halal food no longer a minority taste

| 19/09/2009 | Reply
Halal food no longer a minority taste

Top chefs and food producers discover big appetite for halal meat among young, middle class Muslims. It has always been seen as a minority taste, dominated by specialist
companies and independent retailers and largely neglected by gourmet
restaurants. But now the halal food market is seeing a surge of
interest from mainstream producers and top chefs who are discovering a
new market among young, middle class Muslims.

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Manila, Istanbul eye defense, military cooperation

| 18/09/2009 | Reply
Manila, Istanbul eye defense, military cooperation

THE PHILIPPINES and Turkey are looking to ink an agreement to
strengthen defense and military cooperation as the two countries move
to improve ties.

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Cut-throat competition

| 18/09/2009 | Reply
Cut-throat competition

JUST
before the beginning of Ramadan, the month-long Muslim fast which ends
this weekend, an unusual advertisement appeared on French television.
Panzani, a pasta-maker, was touting its Zakia line of halal
ready-meals. In a secular nation it seemed like “a little revolution”,
as Le Parisien, a newspaper, put it. The French can presumably
take it in their stride. The trade in halal food is growing fast, and
is likely to continue to do so.

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Italian Ramadan: A Rose With Thorns

| 17/09/2009 | Reply
Italian Ramadan: A Rose With Thorns

A taste of Ramadan and its economic potential for Halal in Italy.

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Retailers and brands target ethnic markets

| 16/09/2009 | Reply
Retailers and brands target ethnic markets

LONDON – A growing number of mainstream clothing, fast-food and confectionery brands are developing products for ethic groups.

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Halal meat now permitted in Latvia

| 16/09/2009 | Reply
Halal meat now permitted in Latvia

Saeima
Economic, Agricultural, Environment and Regional Policy Committee
supported in the final reading amendments to animal rights protection
law, stipulating that from now on animal slaughter based on religious
tradition will be allowed in Latvia.

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France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

| 15/09/2009 | Reply
France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

Muslims in France’s army who go on
the pilgrimage to Mecca this year will not have to travel on private
commercial flights or bunk with ordinary civilians. In a break from
tradition, the Defence Ministry will provide a plane to fly them to
Saudi Arabia and organize their stay.

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Poultry demand rises in Turkey during Ramadan

| 14/09/2009 | Reply
Poultry demand rises in Turkey during Ramadan

“Poultry exports have exploded recently. Our annual poultry exports,
which used to stand at 25,000 tons annually, increased to 100,000 tons
within the past couple of years,” said Necmettin Çal??kan, general director of Beyza Piliç, a
poultry producer based in the southern city of Adana. Many Muslim countries
prefer to import poultry from Turkey, he added.

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"The financial crisis is not in the slightest bit surprising"

| 12/09/2009 | Reply
"The financial crisis is not in the slightest bit surprising"

A fascinating interview with German lawyer and philosopher AbuBakr Rieger on the root causes of the economic melt-down and the important role that Islam has to play in bringing a return to balance and sanity in the financial arenas.

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Wolverhampton pie-makers on the rise after devastating blaze

| 10/09/2009 | Reply
Wolverhampton pie-makers on the rise after devastating blaze

The blaze halted Quick Food Products’ production for
eight months – giving an edge to the firm’s competitors – but now it is
aiming to grow after developing a new range aimed at the Nigerian
market, along with patties certified to carry a Halal label.


Maxine Chapman,
specialist manufacturing adviser with MAS-WM, said: “Quick Foods is an
excellent example of a small company that combines a passion for its
product with a willingness to branch into new markets.”

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Kasehdia To Organise World Halal Forum In Europe

| 05/09/2009 | Reply
Kasehdia To Organise World Halal Forum In Europe

KasehDia Sdn Bhd,
organiser of the World Halal Forum, will for the first time organise
the event in Europe from Nov 17-18. With the theme,
“Halal Market Potential- A Regional Force”, the forum
will be held at The Hague, Netherlands, and is expected to attract
about 300 delegates from over 40 countries.

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Halal Ads Hit French TV — And France Eats Them Up

| 02/09/2009 | Reply
Halal Ads Hit French TV — And France Eats Them Up

The ad campaign by Panzani-owned, Lyon-based food brand Zakia Halal
is the first ever mass-market promotion of halal food to France’s
estimated five million Muslims. The TV spots kicked off on Aug. 17 to
coincide with the start of the holy month of Ramadan, and have been
running on most of France’s largest television channels since.

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The World’s First "Halal" Search Engine Designed for Muslims Goes Live

| 01/09/2009 | Reply
The World’s First "Halal" Search Engine Designed for Muslims Goes Live

AMSTERDAM – As of today, Muslims from all over the world can search the World Wide
Web safely without coming across content that might be considered “Haram”
according to the Islamic Law. The search engine, ImHalal.com (http://www.imhalal.com/ ), only fetches
results that are flagged as to be “Halal”.

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French Muslims suprised by first TV advert for halal food

| 28/08/2009 | Reply
French Muslims suprised by first TV advert for halal food

The power of the Islamic purse has broken new ground
in France with the country’s first primetime TV advertisement for halal
food.
In a surprising development for a country poised to ban the burka,
the advert for the first time directly targets France’s five million
Muslims, offering them microwaveable paella, lasagna and shepherd’s pie
prepared in accordance with Islamic law.

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France: Growing halal market

| 25/08/2009 | Reply
France: Growing halal market

According to a recent study by the Solis agency, which specializes
in ‘ethnic marketing’, the halal market (in France) is valued at close
to 4 billion euro for 2009, and is estimated to grow at annual rate of
15%. According to Solis, 93% of North Africans and 55% of sub-Saharan
Africans buy halal products.

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Bosnia: Strategic Gateway For Malaysia Into EU & Central Europe

| 25/08/2009 | Reply
Bosnia: Strategic Gateway For Malaysia Into EU & Central Europe

Bosnia is offering itself as a
strategic gateway for Malaysian firms into the lucrative European Union
as well as the Central European markets, both of which have a consumer
base of up to 500 million and strong purchasing power.


The potential areas for business and investment in Bosnia include
the fast-growing halal industry, Islamic banking, tourism, food
production including organic and health food, energy and education,
Bosnian Ambassador to Malaysia Ensar Eminovic told Bernama here.


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Muslim business owners to be offered Halal insurance

| 23/08/2009 | Reply
Muslim business owners to be offered Halal insurance

UK muslims who own their own businesses will be able to take out business insurance compatible with their faith from next year. Salaam Halal Insurance, the UK’s first standalone Islamic insurance
company plans to launch a range of commercial lines products in the
first quarter of 2010.

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Halal product sales on the increase in France

| 23/08/2009 | Reply
Halal product sales on the increase in France

An article about Ramadan and the increase in the sales of Halal products in France, something that the local retailers are increasingly paying attention to.

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