Category: Europe

Halal venture is tasty for food giant Nestlé as it cashes in on surging demand

| 26/09/2008 | Reply
Halal venture is tasty for food giant Nestlé as it cashes in on surging demand

Food giant Nestlé has gone halal in 75 of
its 480 plants worldwide as it cashes in on a surge in demand for food
and products acceptable to devout Muslims.

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Demand for halal foods drives up its availability

| 23/09/2008 | Reply
Demand for halal foods drives up its availability

With nearly 2 million Muslims living in Britain, few businesses here
can ignore the growing demand for foods that are permissible for
consumption under Islamic law. And the same phenomenon is taking place
in the United States and other countries.

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Turkey close to launch of halal standards

| 22/09/2008 | Reply
Turkey close to launch of halal standards

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Shariah Law: a matter of belief

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
Shariah Law: a matter of belief

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, suggested
earlier this year that integrating some aspects of Shariah law into the
UK legal system might not be a bad idea. The archbishop said we had to face
up to the fact that some UK citizens did not relate to the current
legal system.
With
an estimated 1.6 million Muslims living and working in the UK and an
increasing Muslim population, Shariah is set to become a pressing issue
for employers.

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How Christian/Muslim Was/Is France?

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
How Christian/Muslim Was/Is France?

It is not often that you get news of the Muslims in France, or the situation there for Halal food. Now with Ramadan in progress articles are coming out. Let’s hope the French Interior Minister supports her statement that Islam must “take its full place in the French institutional landscape.” With 5 million muslims in their country it certainly makes sense.

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US Embassy Joins the Ramadan Follies

| 16/09/2008 | Reply
US Embassy Joins the Ramadan Follies

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Islam, has become a veritable
business in France. The western country hosts the largest number
of Muslims, some 5 million, and the consumption of halal food
increases there by 15% annually.

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Why a Swiss Village Makes Halal Pastry

| 13/09/2008 | Reply
Why a Swiss Village Makes Halal Pastry

An interesting article from der Spiegel about the increasing production of Halal food for export. Who would have thought that puff pastry had alcohol in it? Walter Leisi, director of a Swiss Nestlé plant has thought of it, and is doing very nicely with his Halal Leisi-Quick, a ready-made puff pastry product. Further proof of Halal going mainstream

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Swedish Prime Minister calls on companies to offer Muslims services

| 03/09/2008 | Reply
Swedish Prime Minister calls on companies to offer Muslims services

The Swedish Prime Minister spent the first day of
Ramadan learning more about halal products.  At the slaughterhouse in
Johanneshov, Fredrik Reinfeldt spoke of how important multiculturalism
is for Sweden. He also pointed out that the 40,000 Muslims in Sweden constitute a viable market for Halal products and encouraged local companies to look at ways to serve the Muslim consumers.

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The largest survey of Muslim women in the UK

| 26/07/2008 | Reply
The largest survey of Muslim women in the UK


A unique and groundbreaking “1000 Sisters’ voices” survey was carried out by Ummah
Foods, a “new generation” British Muslim food company, and by SISTERS,
the inspirational new magazine for Muslim women
One of the more interesting aspects of the survey was that Muslim women seem
to have turned their backs on the major supermarket chains when it comes to
halal food shopping with only 10 per cent choosing the supermarkets.

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First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

| 22/07/2008 | Reply
First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

Norway’s first halal cheese is now being made in Ørsta. Norbo cheese
was recently given the official Tayyibat halal certificate. This means
that all packages of cheese are marked with an international label of
certification, that is recognized by Muslims.

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Tahira produces chocolate Ramadan calendar

| 20/07/2008 | Reply
Tahira produces chocolate Ramadan calendar

Tahira
– Europe’s leading Halal brand – have produced a Ramadan calendar
containing 30 pieces of milk chocolate each embossed with a traditional
symbol and packed within its own plastic cell so they can be removed
individually daily during the holy month.

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Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

Here is a fast food chain that is ‘adapting its menu’ to meet the demand for Halal meat in Algeria. But being the ‘number 3’ hamburger chain in Europe we would hope their franchisees would realise the potential of turning their outlets Halal to include the millions of muslims across Europe and travelling to Europe as their customers. Their outlets in Morocco must be Halal as well, but would need this confirmed.

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Halal Slaughter in Northern Spain

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Halal Slaughter in Northern Spain

This article shows the growth of a business supplying Halal lamb and beef both to France and Spain. With a UK company already producing its Halal baby food in Spain, owing to cheaper manufacturing costs, this may show other business entrepreneurs, and sectors of the Spanish government, in Spain the potential of getting involved in the fast growing Halal industry.

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Halal, Kosher Slaughter Unacceptable, say German Vets

| 12/07/2008 | Reply
Halal, Kosher Slaughter Unacceptable, say German Vets


Muslim and Jewish groups are angered by a call from Germany’s federal
chamber of veterinarians for a law re-establishing protection against
slaughter without stunning. Both Islam and Judaism reject the stunning of animals before
slaughter and prescribe that animals be killed by a swift throat cut.

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Marhaba Halal Food to launch in Harrods and Waitrose

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Marhaba Halal Food to launch in Harrods and Waitrose

A
new range of delicious Halal Belgium chocolates, cake bars and sweets
will shortly be available in Harrods and 35 Waitrose stores around the
country.

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Recent advances pave way for fish gelatine for food

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Recent advances pave way for fish gelatine for food

Increasing
demand for gelatine, coupled with consumer concerns over the mammalian
variety, may open the door for fish gelatine to fill the gap for food
formulators, says a new review.

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EU proposal threatens halal foods

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
EU proposal threatens halal foods

This is a must-read. The proposed reversal of the animal by-product ban for animal feeds is a clear example of putting the health of the economy over the health of the people. Not only is this of concern to the Muslims – none of us want to eat carnivorous cows – but this is of concern to everyone, and it is an issue in which the Muslims should take on on everyones behalf, not just for the Ummah.

This is for a matter for Bani Adam, so let the Muslims play an appropriate role. “Oh Mankind, eat what is lawful and wholesome on the earth…”

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OIC To Submit Final Draft On Halal Standardisation, Accreditation And Certification In 2009

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
OIC To Submit Final Draft On Halal Standardisation, Accreditation And Certification In 2009

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will submit
the final draft of the proposed common international halal
standardisation, accreditation and certification to its members during
the Tenth OIC Standardisation Experts’ Group Meeting in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia in February 2009.

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Risks and Rewards: the Halal Market

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Risks and Rewards: the Halal Market

This is a long and well researched article on the Halal market today. The writer has looked into the different aspects of the Halal industry starting from Halal certification onto Halal consumers, traceability, to showing a success story with US company Crescent Halal’s road to success through producing 100% high quality Halal chicken products, to inspire food processors in Europe and the US to enter the Halal market.The President of Crescent Halal, Mr Ahmad Adam, will be speaking at the International Halal Market Conference in Brunei Darussalam 16-17 August, specifically to give valuable information on how to Achieve Excellence in Halal Production and distribution.

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Malaysia And Bosnia Need To Cooperate In Agriculture Sector

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Malaysia And Bosnia Need To Cooperate In Agriculture Sector

Malaysia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
need to find new approaches in the agriculture sector as a way out to
the current global food crisis, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi said Monday.
He said halal food production was another potential area the private sectors of the two countries were looking into.

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