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Category: Middle East & Africa

Saudi-Phillipine food production joint ventures in the cards

| 27/04/2009 | Reply
Saudi-Phillipine food production joint ventures in the cards

Saudi Arabia’s desire to secure its sources of food for its
citizens by establishing overseas joint ventures in food production has
received a positive response from a Philippine trade delegation.

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Global acceptance of halal industry growing

| 22/04/2009 | Reply
Global acceptance of halal industry growing

GLOBAL acceptance
of the halal industry is growing at a feverish pace based on the keen
interest shown by local and international firms, to participate in the
Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2009 (Mihas 2009).





To be
held from May 6-10 at the Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre
(MECC) here, about 490 firms have confirmed their participation in the
event, Mihas chief executive officer Mohd Shukri Abdullah said.

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UAE Market report shows good growth for Halal sector

| 17/04/2009 | Reply
UAE Market report shows good growth for Halal sector

Despite the current global economic outlook, the food and drink sector, and especially the Halal sub-sector has been receiving a lot of new interest lately. With companies like Canada’s Prairie Halal and the UAE’s Al Islami continuing their expansion, the Halal sector seems likely to buck the general trend.

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Middle East re-opens markets to English meat

| 27/03/2009 | Reply
Middle East re-opens markets to English meat

Industry leaders have welcomed news that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted its ban on English meat. In
a bid to promote quality English halal lamb to Middle Eastern
countries, EBLEX visited the Dubai Gulfood Exhibition last month, a
trip which generated significant interest from a number of potential
buyers.

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UAE-based Al Islami Foods enters into partnership with Intercol

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
UAE-based Al Islami Foods enters into partnership with Intercol

BAHRAIN. Consolidating its presence in the GCC region, Al Islami
Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, today
announced its re-launch in Bahrain and distribution agreement with the
International Agencies Co in press conference held here in Bahrain
today.

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GCC states welcome FTA with Malaysia

| 20/03/2009 | Reply
GCC states welcome FTA with Malaysia

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries welcomed the launch
of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Malaysia within
the year 2009, a Malaysian official said on Thursday.

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GCC Countries Attractive Locations For Malaysian Companies

| 18/03/2009 | Reply
GCC Countries Attractive Locations For Malaysian Companies

Countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) especially in major cities such as Dubai, are increasingly
offering attractive locations for Malaysian companies that intend to
grow their business in the Halal food products, healthcare and
information communication technology (ICT) industries.

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Saudi Arabia A Good Option For Malaysian Business

| 18/03/2009 | Reply
Saudi Arabia A Good Option For Malaysian Business

DUBAI
(Bernama) — Malaysian companies have been urged to grab various
business and investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia, the largest
market in the Middle East, and in areas such as housing, education,
halal industry, furniture, tourism, healthcare and franchising.

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Pak should capitalize on growing halal food market

| 16/03/2009 | Reply
Pak should capitalize on growing halal food market

Karachi—Pakistan should capitalize on the fast growing halal food
market not only the lucrative Middle East market but the entire
Europe and the US market.




This was the interesting theme of the International Conference on
Halal foods and agriculture held at Karachi Expo Centre last week.

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Demand for Shariah-compliant hotels rising

| 09/03/2009 | Reply
Demand for Shariah-compliant hotels rising

The
concept of Shariah-compliant hotels, which was announced a couple of
years ago, has yet to catch on, especially in the four- and five-star
categories, said a senior hotel executive.




Dr Barbara Urasch,
Vice-President, Venatol, a hotel management firm that is planning
Shariah-compliant hotels in Europe, said: “Many of the hotel just do
not serve alcohol, they are not Shariah-compliant. There is a demand
for Shariah-compliant four- and five-star hotels not just in the region
but worldwide. Currently, there are no such hotels in this category.”

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Gulfood 2009 Proves Lucrative For Malaysian Exhibitors

| 06/03/2009 | Reply
Gulfood 2009 Proves Lucrative For Malaysian Exhibitors

DUBAI, March 5 (Bernama) — The just-concluded Gulfood 2009
exhibition has proven to be a goldmine for the 47 participating
Malaysian companies, having chalked up confirmed orders to the tune of
RM68 million.

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‘AL ISLAMI’ AND ‘IHI ALLIANCE’ HOLD HALAL STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT CONVENTION AT GULFOOD 2009

| 05/03/2009 | Reply
‘AL ISLAMI’ AND ‘IHI ALLIANCE’ HOLD HALAL STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT CONVENTION AT GULFOOD 2009

DUBAI – In conjunction with Gulfood exhibition2009, Al Islami Foods and
the International Halal Integrity (IHI) Alliance held a “halal
standards development” convention on the sideline of the world’s
largest FMCG show. The modules discussed were Food Processing and Food
Service. 

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Gulfood a boost for F&B market morale

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Gulfood a boost for F&B market morale

Rastelli owner Anthony Rastelli, who was exhibiting in Dubai
International Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (DICEC) Sheikh Maktoum
Hall this year, says Gulfood 2009 was “one of the more successful
shows” for the Halal food company, adding that there had been no
particular impact from the economic climate.

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Al Islami Foods Ties Up with Sharjah Coop Society

| 01/03/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Foods Ties Up with Sharjah Coop Society

DUBAI: Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer in the region,
has signed an agreement with Sharjah Cooperative Society to set up meat
shops at the Sharjah Coop retail outlets. The agreement signing
ceremony was held at Al Islami stand during Gulfood exhibition.

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Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

| 26/02/2009 | Reply
Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, February 17, 2009 – Canadian
beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market
for the first time since 2003. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the
announcement today following his meeting with Saudi Arabian Minister of
Commerce and Industry Abdullah Bin Ahmed Zeinal Alireza in Riyadh.

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Halal standards urged

| 26/02/2009 | Reply
Halal standards urged

DUBAI – National standards for the production of halal food are needed to
replace outdated GCC regulations, the country’s leading halal food
producer said at a press conference organised by IHI, International Halal Integrity Alliance, during Gulfood.




Saleh Abdullah Lootah, the chief executive of the
Dubai-based Al Islami foods, said today the GCC-wide standards that the
UAE adhered to were out of step with changing manufacturing methods.

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Kuwait ‘Awash’ With Fake Halal Meat

| 08/02/2009 | Reply
Kuwait ‘Awash’ With Fake Halal Meat

The
swell in demand for halal products has given rise to fraud, where
companies and exporters are labeling foods as halal, when, in fact,
this is not the case.
Up until recently, there was no centralized body defining the standards of halal and accrediting certification organizations. The International Halal Integrity
Alliance (IHI) aims to counter halal deception and standardize
regulations.

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Turkey, Iran can work together in halal food

| 29/01/2009 | Reply
Turkey, Iran can work together in halal food

Turkish
State Minister for foreign trade Kursad Tuzmen has held separate
meetings with Iranian Agriculture Minister Mohammed Reza Eskandari and
Petroleum Minister Qolam Hosein Nozari in Tehran. At the meeting with Eskandari, Tuzmen said that Turkey and Iran should increase agricultural trade. Tuzmen said the two countries could work together in halal food.

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Draft International Halal Standards To Be Tabled At WHF

| 24/01/2009 | Reply
Draft International Halal Standards To Be Tabled At WHF

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — The Fourth World Halal
Forum, to be held in May, will see the International Halal Integrity
(IHI) Alliance tabling the draft International Halal Standards for
public comment.





IHI Alliance chairman Datuk Seri Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel said
the draft would be endorsed first at the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) Standards Committee meeting in April.

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Unique range of ‘Halal approved’ vitamins launched at Arab Health

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
Unique range of ‘Halal approved’ vitamins launched at Arab Health

A unique range of vitamin and mineral
supplements, which have been specially approved by the Halal Food
Authority in the UK, will be launched at Arab Health 2009, the world’s largest
healthcare event in the Middle East.

At the event, UK based Principle
Healthcare will be showcasing their new Halal supplement range, which
comes in four different types – Omega 3, Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin
D, and Iron.

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