Category: Europe

More French SMEs to set up R&D bases in M’sia

| 07/06/2009 | Reply
More French SMEs to set up R&D bases in M’sia

KUALA
LUMPUR: A rising number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in
France are eyeing Malaysia as the destination to set up their regional
base and research and development (R&D) centres, according to a
senior economic official from the French embassy here.

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Chicken injected with beef waste sold in UK

| 04/06/2009 | Reply
Chicken injected with beef waste sold in UK

Muslims and Jews conned into eating meat bulked out with cow and pig products.

Cafes and restaurants across Britain have been selling chicken secretly injected with beef and pork waste, The Independent can reveal today.

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Towards Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

| 01/06/2009 | Reply
Towards Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

The Halal Journal interviews Dr Mah Hussain-Gambles[1],
founder of Saaf Pure Skincare (a UK-based eco-ethical skincare range,
which is both Organic and Halal certified) about her views on the
recent European Union (EU) ban on animal testing on cosmetics and the
role of Humane Cosmetics Standard[2] (HCS).

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Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

| 30/05/2009 | Reply
Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

Are you ready to give up electrical stunning?  You could have no
choice.  Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton from www.meatingplace.com attended the Annual meeting of the European Branch
of World Poultry Science’s Poultry Welfare Conference, and this is what she heard when she was there, and her view on it.

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Halal Park to be built in BiH

| 27/05/2009 | Reply
Halal Park to be built in BiH

Bosnia and Herzegovina Ambassador to Malaysia Ambassador Ensar Eminovic attended the
signing of the memorandum of understanding on the project of
construction of “Halal Park” in
Bosnia and Herzegovina organized within the 4th World Halal Forum, announced BiH Foreign Ministry.

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The halal fast food restaurant with a prayer room

| 24/05/2009 | Reply
The halal fast food restaurant with a prayer room

A NEW fast food business in Birmingham will operate “on a chicken wing and a prayer.” For
a branch of Dixy Chicken has opened on the Coventry Road, incorporating
a prayer room. It is believed to be the first fast-food outlet in
Britain to have such a room.

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Exports are Turkey’s first venture into halal market

| 24/05/2009 | Reply
Exports are Turkey’s first venture into halal market

Following
the global trend in the certification of halal foods, goods prepared in
accordance with Islamic law, the Food Auditing and Certification
Research Association (G?MDES) has become the first body to issue halal
certificates in Turkey, currently for foodstuffs that are being
exported outside the country.

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KFC introduces Halal in selected UK restaurants

| 21/05/2009 | Reply
KFC introduces Halal in selected UK restaurants

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is trialling halal
meat – meaning it has been killed in accordance with Islamic dietary
laws – in eight of its UK restaurants. But the trial has sparked a
debate over what is and what isn’t halal, with some Muslims boycotting
the restaurants because they say the meat has not been killed
correctly.

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Halal: Buying Muslim

| 15/05/2009 | Reply
Halal: Buying Muslim

Time was, buying Muslim meant avoiding pork and alcohol and getting
your meat from a halal butcher, who slaughtered in accordance with
Islamic principles. But the halal food market has exploded in the past
decade and is now worth an estimated $632 billion annually, according
to the
Halal Journal, a Kuala Lumpur-based magazine. That’s
about 16% of the entire global food industry. Throw in the fast-growing
Islam-friendly finance sector and the myriad other products and
services — cosmetics, real estate, hotels, fashion, insurance — that
comply with Islamic law and the teachings of the Koran, and the sector
is worth well over $1 trillion a year.

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ECER Enters UK Halal Market

| 15/05/2009 | Reply
ECER Enters UK Halal Market

KUALA LUMPUR,
(Bernama) — Four halal product entrepreneurs from the East Coast
Economic Region (ECER) have successfully penetrated the fast growing
United Kingdom (UK) halal market. The companies are Muslim Best Food Industries, GTHerb Industries, Maduria Industries and RMZ Marketing.

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Malaysian Firms Exploring Opportunities In European Market

| 14/05/2009 | Reply
Malaysian Firms Exploring Opportunities In European Market

Malaysian companies are still
exploring business opportunities in the European market despite the
challenging economic environment, according to the Netherlands Foreign
Investment Agency (NFIA).



“Enquiries have not diminished despite the global economic slowdown.
These are still coming, whether in an actual product selling or finding
a new market in Europe,” NFIA project manager K.C. Lee told Bernama in
a interview recently.

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M’sian Firms Urged To Use Netherlands As Gateway To Europe’s Halal Market

| 11/05/2009 | Reply
M’sian Firms Urged To Use Netherlands As Gateway To Europe’s Halal Market

Malaysian firms and
entrepreneurs have been urged to use the services of Netherlands’ Port
Rotterdam which offers some of the best facilities in the world for the
export of halal products into Europe.

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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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