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KFC to put halal on the menu for London trial

| 06/05/2009 | Reply
KFC to put halal on the menu for London trial

KFC is this week testing a number of halal restaurants at several locations in London.
KFC vice-president of marketing Jennelle Tilling says: “We want to
see how customers respond to the trial, to see if this is something
that allows us to make our great tasting food available to a broader
range of customers.”

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Malaysia to help develop Bosnia’s first halal park

| 05/05/2009 | Reply
Malaysia to help develop Bosnia’s first halal park

Malaysia,
which is acknowledged for its internationally recognised halal
certification, is set to help Bosnia- Herzegovina (Bosnia) to develop
its first halal park in the country, says Halal Industry Development
Corp (HDC) Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin.

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French Ambassador Hosts Reception For Visitors to Brunei

| 01/05/2009 | Reply
French Ambassador Hosts Reception For Visitors to Brunei

The group visited the
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, where they
got to know more about Brunei’s halal premium brand and
the possibility of tapping it into the French market, as
France has a portion of the Muslim population.

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Bosnia aiming to become the center of European halal business

| 29/04/2009 | Reply
Bosnia aiming to become the center of European halal business

Bosnia: A delegation consisting of several Bosnian businessmen, representatives
of foreign chambers and the Agency for halal certification from Tuzla
will be attending the World Halal Forum, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur
at 4th and 5th May.

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European Companies Urged To Exploit Opportunities In Malaysia

| 28/04/2009 | Reply
European Companies Urged To Exploit Opportunities In Malaysia

Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, in a keynote address at the Seminar on Trade and Investment
Opportunities in Malaysia, said that UK importers should look into sourcing higher value-added
products from Malaysia and a wide variety of quality halal products and
services available in Malaysia.

“There is huge potential for growth in the halal market when one
considers that the wholesome, hygienic and contamination-free
principles associated with halal products and services also make them
appealing to non-Muslims,” he said.

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Spotlighting Europe’s Muslim consumers

| 25/04/2009 | Reply
Spotlighting Europe’s Muslim consumers

Islam
is the religion of a vast and growing number of consumers around the
world. There is strong evidence to suggest that religious affiliation
plays a significant role in consumer behaviour. As sources like the
Journal of Euromarketing point out, enhanced knowledge of religious
differences in consumer decision-making can have a marked impact on the
effectiveness of global marketing strategies.

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Nestlé investing RM320mil this year

| 18/04/2009 | Reply
Nestlé investing RM320mil this year

Nestlé managing director Sullivan O’Carrol said a growth area for Nestlé was the export of halal products to Europe. “We started exporting halal products to Europe about a year ago and the uptake has been encouraging,” he said. He added that there was a growing Muslim population in countries such as the Netherlands and Germany.

O’Carrol
said Nestle’s tie-up with established hypermarkets such as Tesco,
Carrefour and Giant would help ensure its products were well
distributed and accessible to consumers globally.

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Italian dining experience – the halal way

| 18/04/2009 | Reply
Italian dining experience – the halal way

This is an article on a new Halal restaurant concept in the UK bringing Halal Italian food for the first time to the Muslim community of Bradford. This is not just for whetting their appetite for European food but also for health reasons, to combat the problems of diabetes in the Asian Community, by offering Mediterranean food.

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Atelier des Parfums To Participate In MIHAS 2009

| 14/04/2009 | Reply
Atelier des Parfums To Participate In MIHAS 2009

Atelier des Parfums, a
renowned French perfume company, will participate in the Sixth Malaysia
International Halal Showcase 2009 (MIHAS 2009) from May 6-10.

The company also hopes that its presence at the event will help
promote Malaysia as a global hub for “halal” fragrances and the
cosmetic business.

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Irish Halal Products for the Home Market

| 10/04/2009 | Reply
Irish Halal Products for the Home Market

In October 2008, the west Waterford poultry processor, Cappoquin
Chickens, was brought out of receivership by Perwiaz Latif and Zahid
Hussain, who immediately set the company on a new path that focuses on
gradual growth and re-establishing its market share. 

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Turkish Appetite for Halal Increases

| 09/04/2009 | Reply
Turkish Appetite for Halal Increases

ISTANBUL – A big halal products importer, Turkey has still
not been able to take a constructive step in issuance of halal
certificates. Halalist Expo 2009, 13-16 August 2009, is a step toward playing a key role in
dispensing information in halal certificates and will provid a platform
to seal business deals worth $5 million.

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Swedish Muslim group: ‘Make halal slaughter legal’

| 01/04/2009 | Reply
Swedish Muslim group: ‘Make halal slaughter legal’

The Muslim Association of Sweden (SMF) has renewed calls for the legalization of religious slaughter practices such as kosher and halal. In a letter to the Swedish government, SMF chairperson Mahmoud Aldebe,
challenges the government to respect the “democratic rights” of
Sweden’s Muslims to exercise their “religious freedoms” and find a way
to permit the practice.

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MEPs give green light to halal poultry

| 30/03/2009 | Reply
MEPs give green light to halal poultry

The EU Agriculture Committee has approved a proposal to update the rules on animal welfare at slaughter, giving the green light to halal poultry,  meaning that stunning prior to slaughter is not compulsory for Halal producers. However, they rejected an amendment calling for Halal products to be specially labeled.

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Turkey plans Halal trade expo in August

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
Turkey plans Halal trade expo in August

HALALISTEXPO
– Halal Products Trade Fair will be held at Istanbul Exhibiton Center
between August 13th and 16th. It is expected that hundreds of companies
from around the world will join Halalistexpo and 3 billion dollars
worth of trade is targeted.

NB Dates changed to 4-7 Feb 2010.

See www.halalistexpo.com for details

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British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE, and Scottish exporters are hopeful that this fact, together with this years rising lamb prices, will spell good news for the UK’s red meat industry. Lower sterling values and well as declining production in the EU and New Zealand are both contributing the the opportunity.

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The Vatican offered Islamic finance principles to Western banks as a solution for worldwide economic crisis.

| 16/03/2009 | Reply
The Vatican offered Islamic finance principles to Western banks as a solution for worldwide economic crisis.

Daily Vatican newspaper, ‘L’Osservatore Romano, reported that Islamic banking system
may help to overcome global crisis, Turkish media reported.

The Vatican
said banks should look at the ethical rules of Islamic finance to restore
confidence amongst their clients at a time of global economic crisis.

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Halal Farm to Fork DVD

| 10/03/2009 | Reply
Halal Farm to Fork DVD

The West Midlands is poised to become the European hub of an industry
that could see regional farmers annually supplying thousands of tonnes
of halal meat to Muslim communities throughout the world. Livestock
producers in Worcestershire and Herefordshire could tap into new
consumer markets for halal meat in Europe and the Middle East following
the approval of the UKs first farm to fork traceability system.

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DENMARK – HALAL MEAT VERIFICATION ON POULTRY

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
DENMARK – HALAL MEAT VERIFICATION ON POULTRY

New spot checks by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
refute the rumours of pig proteins in chickens that arose after a
programme on Danish TV2.




A television programme called ’Operation X’, shown on Danish TV2 on 5
February, focussed on whether pig protein had been added to marinaded
chicken products. This resulted in rumours in an Arabic newspaper
saying that Danish-produced chicken meat contained pig proteins.

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Wales: Halal Meat Company take over Abattoir

| 27/02/2009 | Reply
Wales: Halal Meat Company take over Abattoir

A North-Wales abattoir is to re-open after administrators secured the
sale of the facility to Ireland-based Sher Foods for an undisclosed
amount. Sher Foods run by Arfan Sher Rafique, the son of post-war Pakistani
immigrant Sher Mohammad Rafique, who established United Meat Packers
(UMP) in the 1970s, is  one of the world’s top traders in lamb
and beef.

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Multi-million pound halal meat export opportunity for West Midlands farmers

| 24/02/2009 | Reply
Multi-million pound halal meat export opportunity for West Midlands farmers

The West Midlands is poised to become the European hub of a
multi-billion pound industry that could see regional farmers annually
supplying thousands of tonnes of halal meat to Muslim communities
throughout the world.





Livestock producers in Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire,
Warwickshire and Worcestershire could tap into new consumer markets for
halal meat in Europe and the Middle East following the approval of the
UK’s first “farm to fork” traceability system.

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