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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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Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia

Middle Eastern Halal food producer Al Islami Foods has
entered Saudi Arabia, following the signing of a strategic distribution
agreement with locally-based distributor Arabian Trading Supplies (ATS).

Al Islami also confirmed that it would consolidate its presence in
Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Jordan and
Sudan in 2009.

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Malaysia Seeks FTA Talks With Gulf States

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysia Seeks FTA Talks With Gulf States

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
has expressed hope that negotiations on the proposed establishment of a
free trade agreement (FTA) between Malaysia and the six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) can start as soon as possible and a mutually
beneficial pact concluded.


Abdullah also made a reference to the prospects of increasing
trade and investment among the Organisation of the Islamic Conference
(OIC) fraternity.




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South African Halal bodies onboard with boycott call

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
South African Halal bodies onboard with boycott call

Five of South Africa’s halaal certifying authorities have given their
support to a call made last week by the Muslim Judicial Council to
withdraw halaal certificates for products imported from Israel. MJC PRO
Nabeweya Malick told VOC that the boycott will be extended later to the
withdrawal of halaal certificates to food outlets whose parent
companies are deemed to be strong Israeli supporters.

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Selangor Government Programmes Only At Hotels With Halal Logo

| 17/01/2009 | Reply
Selangor Government Programmes Only At Hotels With Halal Logo

The Selangor government
has issued a directive that only hotels which have the halal logo
certificate by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) or the
Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) can be used as venues
for state government programmes.

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UAE Collection of International Halal Slaughter fees

| 17/01/2009 | Reply
UAE Collection of International Halal Slaughter fees

The government of the UAE, declared in 2007,that they wish to collect a
fee on a world wide basis, from premises engaged in halal slaughter. The government is now experiencing difficulties in collecting the fees
and will de-register any plant that does not pay, from approval to
export to the UAE.

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Al Islami Foods unveils Iraq expansion

| 16/01/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Foods unveils Iraq expansion

DUBAI: With the commencement of economic revival in Iraq, Al Islami
Foods today annouced signing of a major distribution agreement with the
Baghdad Poultry and Meat Preparing Company, a diversified trading
company in Baghdad, which will distribute a range of Al Islami products
in Iraq. The distribution agreement was signed in Dubai.

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Malaysian Companies Encouraged To Invest In Senegal

| 15/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysian Companies Encouraged To Invest In Senegal

Malaysian halal food
companies have been encouraged to invest in Senegal to tap the
potential markets in Africa, Europe and the United States.

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Brazil food and beverage exports to Gulf growing

| 04/01/2009 | Reply
Brazil food and beverage exports to Gulf growing

Brazil’s growing influence as a major source of Middle Eastern
food imports will be highlighted during the “Flavors from Brasil” trade
event to be held on Feb. 21-23, 2009 at the Intercontinental Hotel –
Festival City, Dubai, UAE.


Brazil must be pretty confident of their market if they think they can hold a stand alone event overlapping with Gulfood 2009, the largest food show in the region, which starts in Dubai on the 23 February.

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Al Islami Foods to build new factory at Dubai TechnoPark

| 31/12/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods to build new factory at Dubai TechnoPark

Despite
a harsh economic turmail, Al Islami Foods today revealed determination
to continue its growth plan in the region. In another milestone
development, the leading halal food producer has announced an
investment of over Dhs58 million in a state-of-the-art factory in
Techno Park, a fully owned subsidiary of Economic Zones World.

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Malaysian businessmen to help Yemen join GCC

| 24/12/2008 | Reply
Malaysian businessmen to help Yemen join GCC

SANA’A,
Dec 23 — Representatives from over 40 Malaysian companies have arrived
in Yemen, aiming to assist in the country’s development and gain
membership to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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IIF and ‘Industry is the Future of Yemen’ Conference

| 22/12/2008 | Reply
IIF and ‘Industry is the Future of Yemen’ Conference

“Industry is the future of Yemen” will begin in Hadramout on Monday,
said Omar Bajarsh, Chairman of the Hadramout Chamber of Commerce and
Industry. The conference will be attended by concerned bodies from the
Yemeni government, Gulf companies and representatives from Malaysia,
including the guest of honor former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr.
Mahathir Mohammad. 

Malaysian participation in this
conference will be especially important as the country was able to
successfully transform itself from a developing agricultural economy
like Yemen into an advanced industrial country. 

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International Islamic Fair 2008 Will Be in Yemen

| 22/12/2008 | Reply
International Islamic Fair 2008 Will Be in Yemen

The International Islamic Fair 2008 (IIF2008), will be in Al-Mukalla,
Yemen and has been merged with the “Industry-Yemen’s Future” Conference
& Exhibition in what will be the biggest Malaysian commercial
delegation to the Republic. IIF organising chairperson Madam Sabariah Abdullh said: “The decision
to move the IIF2008 to Yemen comes as a blessing in disguise as we were
invited to merge with the planned Malaysian-Yemeni event. “We have be bringing our exhibitors to join the Malaysian business
delegation led by chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in
Malaysia Ali al-Attas and will also include participation of the former
Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.


For this purpose, the IIF2008 will be brought forward to 22-23rd Dec
(from 23-25th Dec.) but will still include a trip to Dubai on 24 Dec.
for business matching.

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Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia to reach USD5.6 billion food market

| 19/12/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia to reach USD5.6 billion food market

Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, has
entered Saudi Arabia with the announcement of a strategic distribution
agreement with Arabian Trading Supplies, a leading distributor in Saudi
Arabia, which will distribute a range of Al Islami’s healthy and real
halal products under the brand name of ‘Co-op Islami’. The distribution
agreement was signed in Jeddah.

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Halal Expo 2008 Post Show Report

| 19/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Expo 2008 Post Show Report

Halal Expo 2008 has given their post show report with a statement that
more than USD 11 million worth of deals were closed during the event.
$5m of these deals were done by an Australian meat exporter and $4m by
a new ‘Halal’ champagne.

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Dirs800m Worth of Halal Food Products Exported from Iran

| 15/12/2008 | Reply
Dirs800m Worth of Halal Food Products Exported from Iran

Some dlrs 800 million worth of halal food products were exported
abroad from the Islamic Republic of Iran during March 2007-March 2008
period, an official said. Head of Iran’s Food Industries Union, Mohammad Hosseini, said
that over 150 companies are active in producing Halal food products
across the country. Hosseini also referred to the first International Halal Food Exhibition to be held in Tehran in February 2009.

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‘Halal’ vitamins to be launched at Arab Health

| 10/12/2008 | 1 Reply
‘Halal’ vitamins to be 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, a premier healthcare event in the Middle East.

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Halal Tourism Gaining Popularity ?in Middle East

| 07/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Tourism Gaining Popularity ?in Middle East

DUBAI — A fresh concept in exhibitions and travel — Halal Tourism — is gaining ground in the region.

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Filipino Food Exporters book $20M in sales at Halal World Expo 2008

| 29/11/2008 | Reply
Filipino Food Exporters book $20M in sales at Halal World Expo 2008

FILIPINO exporters
booked sales of various halal food products totaling $19.91 million in
the recently concluded Halal World Expo 2008 in the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), said the Department of Agriculture (DA).

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Brazil invests to enlarge its participation in food and beverage imports in Arab markets

| 29/11/2008 | Reply
Brazil invests to enlarge its participation in food and beverage imports in Arab markets

The Brazilian Trade and
Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) has announced that it will
organise “Flavours from Brasil” at the Intercontinental Hotel –
Festival City, Dubai from February 16 to 17, 2009, in an effort to
strengthen the reputation of Brazilian food brands in the Middle East’s
food and beverage market.

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