Category: Middle East & Africa

Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

| 20/02/2013 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

In many Arab Muslim countries, a meal without meat is seen as substandard, not even a meal. A vegetarian’s dining experience can often become a quest to dodge the following attempts at corrective feeding: “Allah lets you eat meat, so you should eat it.”

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Dubai reigns as world’s gateway for food trade at Gulfood 2013

| 19/02/2013 | Reply
Dubai reigns as world’s gateway for food trade at Gulfood 2013

Running from 25 – 28 February 2013, the exhibition this year hosts a record 4,200 exhibitors from 110 countries showcasing more than 50,000 brands across every sector of the F&B industry. An unprecedented number of government ministers will be conducting key trade discussions.

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UAE: Chile offers Halal meat at Gulfood for first time in region

| 18/02/2013 | 3 Replies
UAE: Chile offers Halal meat at Gulfood for first time in region

It has been two years since Chile received certification to export halal meat to the UAE but Chilean company Agromarin supported by ProChile was keen to wait until Gulfood 2013 to launch its product. The product will be launched at the Halal Corner at Gulfood.

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UAE: Golden Halal opportunity beckons at the heart of the Islamic World

| 17/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Golden Halal opportunity beckons at the heart of the Islamic World

A book called Pig 05049 that proved pieces of one pig, the 05049 of the title, ended up in 185 separate products, from toothpaste to dough improver and desserts. Meindertsma’s book offers a lesson for everyone about how the processing of products has changed in the globalised world.

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UAE meat chain is not contaminated, say food authorities

| 15/02/2013 | Reply
UAE meat chain is not contaminated, say food authorities

Food authorities say DNA tests on meat in Abu Dhabi and Dubai would show up any horse flesh. Due to the complicated global trade of foods and religious beliefs, reliable and specific methods of species determination in a variety of food items are used.

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UAE: Food contamination raises Halal concern

| 14/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Food contamination raises Halal concern

Back to back local as well as int’l cases of contamination of Halal food have brought into focus the need for consumers to be aware of Halal rules and regulations. It also underscores the requirement of common Halal standards for food as well as other products and services.

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UAE grocers probe frozen food amid horsemeat scandal

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
UAE grocers probe frozen food amid horsemeat scandal

Fine Fare Food Market, which operates Spinneys and Waitrose supermarkets in the UAE, is running DNA tests on its frozen beef products after a Europe-wide food scandal revealed that some frozen beef burgers contain horsemeat.

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Saudi Arabia’s F & B industry brims over amid robust tourism

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia’s F & B industry brims over amid robust tourism

With Saudi Arabia importing approximately 60 percent of the Middle East’s total food and beverage (F&B) imports, the Kingdom is a key target market for regional and international food manufacturers and suppliers.

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UAE: Tough penalties for flouting rules on pork sales

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Tough penalties for flouting rules on pork sales

Dubai: Authorities have warned food establishments to abide by the rules when handling and selling pork products to avoid facing hefty fines and having their licences revoked.

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Islamic venture capital: Crowd funding

| 10/02/2013 | Reply
Islamic venture capital: Crowd funding

Crowd funding links entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a network of investors, who contribute small amounts of capital. The investors may invest across a diversified portfolio of startups to minimise their overall risk.

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UAE ‘has what it takes’ to be Islamic finance hub

| 10/02/2013 | Reply
UAE ‘has what it takes’ to be Islamic finance hub

Sheikh Mohammed, also ruler of Dubai, made his comments at a workshop organised by the higher committee for development of Islamic economy sector to follow up progress on action plans and proposed initiatives.

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Saudi Arabia: Kingdom Holding in Islamic financing push

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom Holding in Islamic financing push

Kingdom Holding, the international investment firm of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has formed a sharia board of prominent scholars in order to raise more of its funding through Islamic finance.

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Qatar-based JV to offer halal-certified services

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
Qatar-based JV to offer halal-certified services

Qatar-based Sokook Mega Company (SMC) has joined hands with an Air France subsidiary to launch Sokook Mega Servair Qatar, which will provide halal-certified hospitality, food and beverage services to different segments of customers in the country.

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South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

Notice given to all European slaughterers by the EU last quarter for increased voltage stunning came into effect on 1 January and has particular significance for Muslim consumers given an increase in European imported “halal” products into South Africa seen recently.

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UAE food industry lacks unified regulation

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UAE food industry lacks unified regulation

Saleh Lootah, Chairman of Food and Beverage Business Group in Dubai, said: ‘Since there are different standards for food products across the emirates, unfortunately we are lacking the best practices for this business sector.’

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Opinion: Marketing to Muslim Tourists

| 01/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Marketing to Muslim Tourists

In 2011, Muslims spent an estimated $126bn on travel and tourism, that is without counting the religious pilgrimages of hajj and umrah. Global revenue from Muslim tourists is expected to rise 4.8 per cent a year over the next eight years, compared with a global average of 3.8 per cent.

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Saudi Arabia: Halal certification and alcohol-free labeling with Mondelez

| 29/01/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Halal certification and alcohol-free labeling with Mondelez

Mondelez is expanding in the Middle East having recently signed a joint venture in Saudi Arabia. ConfectioneryNews.com asks the industry giant if halal certification and alcohol-free labeling have been factored into its growth plans.

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South Africa: Muslims hit back for Halal symbol on foods

| 24/01/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Muslims hit back for Halal symbol on foods

Two halal certification bodies, as well as members of the Muslim public have defended their right to have a halal symbol on foods, dismissing a lawsuit being brought by Christian groups as being needlessly intolerant. They say that It has become a sought after symbol.

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Kuwait: Second Gulf Conference on Halal Industry

| 23/01/2013 | Reply
Kuwait: Second Gulf Conference on Halal Industry

A large number of experts are taking part in the three-day conference, titled ‘Towards the Effective Management of the Halal Industry,’ which is organised by the Ministry of Awqaf in cooperation with Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR).

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UAE: Sharjah Halal Expo to play key role in boosting intra-OIC trade

| 15/01/2013 | Reply
UAE: Sharjah Halal Expo to play key role in boosting intra-OIC trade

Aiming to speed up the achievement of the target of 20 per cent intra-OIC trade by 2015, two key Islamic organizations have decided to throw their weight behind the premier industry event, Halal MiddleEast that will be held in Sharjah this year.

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