Category: Europe

Making sure our food is safe to eat

| 27/05/2008 | Reply
Making sure our food is safe to eat

More than just a Halal certificate is necessary these days, food labelling is more and more getting the attention of the health conscious consumer who wants to make his own choices on what he eats as we see from the following article.

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Halal fast food franchise hits UK streets

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Halal fast food franchise hits UK streets

One of the UK’s first Halal fast food franchises has launched after working with a leading franchise expert. Mahmoods, a Halal burger bar and takeaway has just launched its
franchise offer after working with Franchise Development Services
Northern (FDS Northern).

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Dutch Farmers to visit MIHAS expo

| 30/04/2008 | Reply
Dutch Farmers to visit MIHAS expo

The 23-member group from The Netherlands, comprising representatives from the Vegetable
Marketing Organisation, local farmers’ co-operative societies and
vegetable wholesale merchant associations. They will visit Malaysia’s
wholesale and retail markets, organic and conventional farms,
agriculture research and experiment station as well as the 5th Malaysia
International Halal Showcase.

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British Muslim butchers fear supermarket chains

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
British Muslim butchers fear supermarket chains

The
British Muslim butchers fear that their survival is at stake at the
hands of the supermarket chains which have decided to market ‘halal’
meat.

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Harrington Picks Malaysia As Hub To Boost Sales To Asia-Pacific And Mid-East Marts

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Harrington Picks Malaysia As Hub To Boost Sales To Asia-Pacific And Mid-East Marts

Herbal products company, Harrington Pte London, has picked
Malaysia as its regional hub to boost the sales of its Virgin Dtox
London products to Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets.

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Inn keeping with changing needs

| 10/04/2008 | Reply
Inn keeping with changing needs

A SWIFT drink down the local has taken on a new twist – at what is thought to be the country’s first Islamic ‘pub’. Reminiscent
of the 19th century temperance bars, the Halal Inn, on Featherstall
Road, Oldham is a public house which has most of the trappings of a
traditional British hostelry, but is missing what many would think is
the key ingredient – alcohol!
Owner Azizur Rahman and
business partner Muzahid Khan spotted a gap in the market and came up
with the idea to provide an alternative social gathering place for
local Muslims.

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Finger-lickin’ Britain

| 27/03/2008 | Reply
Finger-lickin’ Britain

Given
their ubiquity, you would think the market has reached saturation
point. Not so, according to Zack Kollias, international director of
Texas Chicken. For him, the UK offers one of the world’s biggest
markets for the food. His US-based firm, with more than 1,600 branches
worldwide, has just launched here. Both halal and spicy are also
among the company’s biggest global sellers, Kollias points out.

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Food traceability can benefit Malaysia

| 19/03/2008 | Reply
Food traceability can benefit Malaysia


Food traceability refers to the ability to trace and follow food, feed
and ingredients through all stages of production, processing and
distribution. Food traceability is mandatory by law in the European Union (EU) since
2005. Smith said incidents such as mad cow disease were among the
incidents that drove the EU to implement the law. 

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Food industry: Home for little and large

| 12/03/2008 | Reply
Food industry: Home for little and large

The size of the region’s
big food retailers and food manufacturers is not the only thing that
gives Leeds and West Yorkshire a competitive edge in the UK food
industry. It is also home to a growing ethnic food industry.

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Asda extends halal range

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Asda extends halal range

Asda
has extended its range of halal frozen meats to give Muslim shoppers a
wider choice of products that are produced to strict religious
standards.

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Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

British Muslims have reacted with anger to know that certain
types of crisps produced by a major snack food manufacturer contain
traces of alcohol, hitting out at the producer for disregarding Muslim
religious sensibilities.

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Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

About 130 participants consisting industry players, government
agencies as well academicians attended the World Halal Forum Halal Industry dialogue in The Hague where they got an
insight into the prospects of developing the halal industry in the
Netherlands and using it as a springboard to the European countries.



Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC)’s chief
executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin said, Malaysia needs to rebrand its halal concept first before tapping the lucrative European market.
Surprisingly, he noted that most participants were non-Muslims, a
clear indication halal products have certainly garnered attention in
the Dutch market.

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Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

Changing the mindset of the Dutch
about the virtues of halal food, though tough, is still a worthwhile
pursuit as the Netherlands is not only a lucrative market, but a
potential gateway for such products from Malaysia to Europe.

The Hague city Vice Mayor, Henk Kool, said it was possible to
change the perception of the Dutch as “they are open-minded and can be
very enthusiastic about the goodness of halal foods.” Currently, there is a perception among the Dutch that halal food
is only for Muslims. “You have to change that perception,” he said.

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Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

Bilal Gourmet Foods BV, a
Malaysian-Dutch company, is making inroads into the vastly potential
European market for halal products where demand is exceeding supply.

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Corporate Britain trying to appeal to Muslim customers

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Corporate Britain trying to appeal to Muslim customers

In
today’s Britain, things have moved on with more understanding
of the needs of consumers from a particular segment of society. Slowly
too, and in their efforts to attract new customers, corporate Britain
has woken up to the strength of the ‘halal pound’, and are coming up
with newer and more ingenious ways of appealing to the Muslim customer.
Wander
down the aisles of supermarket giants Asda, and refrigerators full of
halal meat and poultry with labelling from Brazil or New Zealand sit
next to boxed kebabs and minced meat samosas.

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In difference there is opportunity

| 31/01/2008 | Reply
In difference there is opportunity

By
developing high quality food offerings utilising ethnic cuisines and
building strong business format franchises around them, Mahmoods and
wok2go are two examples of the successful integration of British
multiculturalism and entrepreneurialism.

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Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian halal manufacturers have
been urged to meet the stringent standards set by Europe in order to
penetrate the growing halal market in Europe.




It is important for the exporters to have the right certification,
transport documentation in order to meet the demands of the European
Muslim consumers for “safe, healthy food,” said the managing director
of Eurofrigo B.V, Derk van Mackelenbergh at a seminar jointly organised
by the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands Embassy and the Netherlands
Foreign Investment Agency here Tuesday.

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How Safe is Cloned Meat?

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
How Safe is Cloned Meat?

With the US Food and Drug Administration already concluding that cloned meat is safe for consumers and the European food Safety Authority giving their greenlight as well to the consumption of cloned animal products do the public even have any say in the matter? Just like GMO food or farmed fish, will the real results of these ‘frankenfood’ alternatives ever be known in this decade? To then make a fatwa on whether cloned meat is acceptable would take a lot more than one mufti in Malaysia giving his comment.

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Ethnic Trend

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Ethnic Trend

The UK’s
growing Muslim population means that demand for halal ingredients is
also on the rise, with many ingredients manufacturers looking to gain
halal accreditation. “Although we do not specialise in halal
ingredients, we get quite a few demands for them,” confirms Verstegen’s
Neil Bartlett. “We’ve been working towards halal certification for the
last couple of years and have now achieved it, so it might be an area
we develop further in the future.”

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Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

The direction that the Halal Standards debate in Turkey eventually takes is likely to have profound implications both in Europe and throughout the Muslim world. As on of the few major food producers among the Muslim world, Turkey’s stance on whether this is a religious or commercial issue will cause ripples one way or the other. The debate itself is likely to be heated.

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