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Category: Middle East & Africa

Special report: Halal logistics

| 31/07/2009 | Reply
Special report: Halal logistics

The logistics world is waking up to the enormous potential of the
halal industry. Benefiting from a ready-made global customer group of
nearly two billion Muslims, the international halal food industry was
valued at US$570 billion during 2005. And with the total spend on
logistics operations accounting for around 5-10% of total revenue, its
not surprising that logistics companies all over the world are keen to
grab a piece of this growing market.

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Al Islami UAE market study indicates compelling need for fresh meat

| 29/07/2009 | Reply
Al Islami UAE market study indicates compelling need for fresh meat

“Since the launch of meat shops, the market demand for our meat is
testament of an unbreakable consumer trust on Al Islami meat.”, said
Lootah and added: “We are continously receiving enquiries of opening up
Al Islami meat shops from the retail outlets. We have the established
food standards and do not open a new Al Islami meat shop unless the
retailer complies with Al Islami standards. Upon each enquiry, our
quality control team visits the retail outlet premisis to ensure the
outlet complies with the Al Islami food safety, quality and halal
standards.”

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Bon Appetit for authentic Halal delicacies

| 15/07/2009 | Reply
Bon Appetit for authentic Halal delicacies

As part of the ongoing Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), Al Islami Foods
launched a unique Bon Appetit Food Festival to make this summer a
memorable one. The theme of Bon Appetit is “You Are What
You Eat”, where Al Islami presents free light meals to visiting guests,
which include healthier, tastier and real halal range of products.

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Kuwait Food and Drink Report Q3 2009

| 08/07/2009 | Reply
Kuwait Food and Drink Report Q3 2009

Business Monitor International (BMI) analyses that the halal food industry may not only attract further
regional investment (UAE-basedAl Islami Foods entered Kuwait in April
2009 after securing a distributional tie ups with Gulf Tradingand
Refrigeration Company (GTRC) and International Agencies Company (IAC)),
but also provide growth opportunities for Kuwaiti companies.

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Business Opportunities Exist For Malaysia In West African Countries

| 08/07/2009 | Reply
Business Opportunities Exist For Malaysia In West African Countries

Malaysia’s Ambassador to Senegal,
Datuk Jamaiyah Mohamed Yusof, has embarked on a series of programmes to
increase bilateral trade and investment with the West African country
and four others.


According to Jamaiyah, she had made contact and was networking
with the Senegal Traders Association, and this had resulted in the
participation of 22 Senegalese companies at the 6th Malaysian
International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2009 in May this year.

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The Halal Revolution

| 07/07/2009 | Reply
The Halal Revolution

A good article from the Middle East Hotelier, recognising that there is a Halal food revolution taking place in the Hotel industry. The article points out that the strategic move to make is to convert to completely Halal, because that means that you can serve the whole market. Any other approach either limits the market, or requires a double process. Halal is good for the bottom line.

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Vita Cat To Expand Market In Middle East

| 30/06/2009 | Reply
Vita Cat To Expand Market In Middle East

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — Edaran Vita Cat Sdn Bhd, a
halal cat food producer, plans to expand its market in the Middle East
after making inroads in Dubai recently.

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GCC, Asean ministers to discuss co-operation

| 27/06/2009 | Reply
GCC, Asean ministers to discuss co-operation



Thailand
and

Bahrain

will also jointly organise an exhibition of halal food products. The
Thai halal exhibition will run from June 30 to July 1 at the
Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa.

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Arabia tourist land to boost Malaysian economy

| 23/06/2009 | Reply
Arabia tourist land to boost Malaysian economy

The
developer of Asia’s first “Arabia land” for tourists said Sunday his
new leisure project aims to offer up to a thousand local jobs by next
March.
Up to 850 jobs will be available to locals of the state of Melaka,
where Sheikh Saleh al-Mansour’s first Arab City in Asia is scheduled to
finish contruction early next year, according to the Malaysian-based
Asia Daily News.

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Al Salam, Thai firm in agribusiness venture

| 22/06/2009 | Reply
Al Salam, Thai firm in agribusiness venture

Bahrain-based Al Salam Bank and Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group),
one of the largest food and agricultural companies in the world based
in Thailand, have formed an agribusiness alliance.

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Al Salam Bank ventures into farming business

| 22/06/2009 | Reply
Al Salam Bank ventures into farming business

Bahrain-based Al Salam Bank is moving into the agricultural
industry. The bank yesterday announced it had signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group),
a major global food and agricultural company.
“This MOU signifies CP Group and Al Salam’s intent to establish
Bahrain as the ‘Halal Food Hub’ of the Mena region,” said CP
vice-chairman Eam Ngamdamronk.

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Halal – Missing the Boat? (Part I & II)

| 16/06/2009 | Reply
Halal – Missing the Boat? (Part I & II)

The Halal industry is rapidly expanding as a global phenomenon, and corporations large and small are working to carve out their niche in this lucrative market. But there is a noticeable lack of Muslim, and especially Arab, participation as active entrepreneurs and investors. Have we missed booking a passage on our own boat?

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Sookh and ye shall find

| 16/06/2009 | Reply
Sookh and ye shall find

A deli-style halal butchery is a welcome addition to Joburg’s northern suburbs. Hilary Biller checked out its offerings.

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Al Islami Foods launches ‘100 Schools Health Awareness Drive’

| 10/06/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Foods launches ‘100 Schools Health Awareness Drive’

DUBAI – As part of the corporate social
responsibility programme for the education sector, Al Islami Foods, a
leading halal food producer in the Middle East, today launched the ‘100
Schools Health Awareness Drive’ across the UAE to combat the growing
obesity and diabetes.

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Thai, UAE talks to set up livestock farms

| 04/06/2009 | Reply
Thai, UAE talks to set up livestock farms

The UAE Government is holding talks with Thailand about plans to
develop huge livestock farms and produce halal products in the
Southeast Asian country.

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Sanha to host 4th halal conference

| 03/06/2009 | Reply
Sanha to host 4th halal conference

The South African National Halaal Authority (Sanha) is set to host its
4th International Halaal Conference in Johannesburg next month. The
event which is once again running concurrently with the Africa Big
Seven Exhibition at Gallagher Estate is themed ‘Serving the Winning
Choice,’ and will see various halaal role players from around the world
converging to explore the untapped opportunities for Africa and beyond.

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Kuwait fast food breaks records

| 01/06/2009 | Reply
Kuwait fast food breaks records

This story gets the HalalFocus award for the worst Halal industry achievement we have ever come across.

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Halal Products on the Rise in Kuwait

| 19/05/2009 | Reply
Halal Products on the Rise in Kuwait

DUBLIN—Research and Markets released its ‘Kuwait Food and Drink Report’
which provides independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on
Kuwait’s food and drink industry. According to the report, the market
for halal foods is large and growing rapidly.

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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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MATRADE To Sign MoU With ITFC

| 06/05/2009 | Reply
MATRADE To Sign MoU With ITFC

KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysia External
Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) will sign a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the International Islamic Trade Finance
Corporation (ITFC), to pave the way for collaboration in areas of trade
promotion and capacity building.


The ITFC, located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was established within
the Islamic Development Bank group, for the principal activity of
providing trade finance and promoting trade within the Organisation of
the Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries.

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