Category: The Americas

A higher calling

| 30/10/2009 | Reply
A higher calling

Kosher
and halal meats are gaining popularity among both growing U.S. Jewish
and Muslim populations as well as non-religious consumer groups.
A growing number of non-Jewish and non-Muslim consumers who are turning
to kosher and halal foods, particularly meat, since both types of meat
have to meet stringent standards.

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Postville plant’s owner outlines plans for kosher production

| 14/10/2009 | Reply
Postville plant’s owner outlines plans for kosher production

Hershey Friedman, whose company bought the former Agriprocessors
facility in Postville, Iowa, says he will use E-Verify, pay
higher-than-minimum wages but seek to provide “affordable” kosher meat
to Jewish consumers, according to a report by the
Associated Press.

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The Untapped American Muslim Consumer Market

| 07/10/2009 | Reply
The Untapped American Muslim Consumer Market

America
has indeed been the world’s most sophisticated consumer market and so
no wonder its marketers are the most innovative. From major brands such
as Ford, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Disney, Apple, Citibank to smaller
emerging brands, the level of market segmentation and target marketing
in this vast/ diverse market is incredible.

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Immigrant entrepreneurs: Fresh perspective

| 07/10/2009 | Reply
Immigrant entrepreneurs: Fresh perspective

Jasmine Mediterranean Foods’ warehouse in East Vancouver is piled
high with boxes of delicious foods from the Mediterranean: dates,
olives, olive oil, couscous, tahini and more. It’s the culmination of
around 15 years of hard work by Moussa Mohaidly, a Lebanese immigrant
who built this importing and wholesaling business up from scratch.

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Where’s my iPod Made? SourceMap Has the Answer

| 05/10/2009 | Reply
Where’s my iPod Made? SourceMap Has the Answer

This is an interesting article for anyone who has thought about the integrity and traceability issues in the Halal supply chain, such as the Halal Superhighway project. The technology is already in place for this, and taking the open source route is clearly an interesting way to go. Whether the players in the Halal sector can be as collaborative as the eco-activists remains to be seen. It would be a shame if they cannot…

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CFD Patties in more than 2,400 US retail outlets

| 02/10/2009 | Reply
CFD Patties in more than 2,400 US retail outlets

Caribbean Food Delights (CFD), is expanding its markets at an unprecedented pace, establishing new accounts even as it offers a breakthrough product.


Customer requests have also resulted in the development of a new product, the Halal Patty.

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Hijab Chic

| 30/09/2009 | Reply
Hijab Chic

“Full coverage,” not your typical fashion show prerequisite, was the
theme at a “fashion seminar” recently hosted by Nordstrom at the tony
Tysons Corner Center mall in McLean, Va. The show, called “Interpreting
Hot Trends for Veiled and Conservative Women,” was perhaps the first
high-fashion hijab event sponsored by corporate America. The target:
well-heeled Muslim women living in the suburbs of Northern Virginia,
where mansions and mosques are filled with rich Muslim immigrants, an
increasing number of whom shop at Tysons Corner.

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Ecological activists see duty as ‘sacred’

| 29/09/2009 | Reply
Ecological activists see duty as ‘sacred’

A growing trend in the US to combine religion and environmental
activism has aroused interest in the UAE following the screening of a
documentary about the concept here. The movement behind the film, Green Zabiha, was founded in
Washington, DC, by Yasir Syeed and his wife Karima Shamma. Among its
projects is the promotion and distribution of halal meat and poultry
raised on organic and so-called compassionate farms.

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Argentina to help set up meat, fruit processing plants

| 21/09/2009 | Reply
Argentina to help set up meat, fruit processing plants

In October, two Argentine
companies will be visiting Punjab, and possibly Balochistan, to work on
the installation of brand new slaughterhouses (under Halal
certification), meat processing plants and fruit processing plants,
including a project for the apple production of Balochistan.

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The Halal Food Economy

| 17/09/2009 | Reply
The Halal Food Economy

Relying on mainstream food suppliers, it is nearly impossible to get


organic meat in the U.S., zabiha or not. The present system of


industrial food pro­cessing requires a supplier to provide thousands


of heads of cattle at a time to fill the demand of American


supermarkets. Organic farmers find it difficult to gain a foothold


in the consumer market because it is impossible for small farms to


meet that type of demand.Relying on mainstream food suppliers, it is nearly impossible to get organic meat in the U.S., zabiha or not. 

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Fasting, Feasting and Socialising

| 17/09/2009 | Reply
Fasting, Feasting and Socialising

A taste of Ramadan in Canada with the Turkish community.

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University of Toronto Creates its own Halal Standard for food services

| 12/09/2009 | Reply
University of Toronto Creates its own Halal Standard for food services

In
accordance to the Canadian Government’s Agriculture and Agri-food
Department, the University will model the rules and regulations set out
by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), a
non-profit technical Islamic organization that certifies
and supervises the production of Halal products. In addition, the
University upholds to only distribute Halal food from ISNA or IFANCA
certified suppliers.

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Goat and the Bengali Intelligentsia

| 11/09/2009 | Reply
Goat and the Bengali Intelligentsia

In this country (USA) we, the Bengalis, try hard to hold on to our
culture and traditions. Hence goat meat is an integral part of that
effort. Goat meat is not sold in most American butcher shops, but that
is hardly an impediment. We travel miles to find a “Indo-Pak Halal”
meat shop to get our quota of red meat.

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McFalafel owner to fight for his prefix

| 11/09/2009 | Reply
McFalafel owner to fight for his prefix

Salam,
who moved to Canada from the Palestinian Territories five years ago,
says he sank $14,000 into menus and signs for his restaurant called ‘McFalafel’, which
serves halal shawarma, shisk taouk and, of course, falafel, and
registered with the city. He didn’t know there was a problem until two
months ago, when McDonald’s lawyers sent him a letter asking him to
change his restaurant name.

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"Halal Mafia" Heating up Street Cart Wars

| 09/09/2009 | Reply
"Halal Mafia" Heating up Street Cart Wars

Newbies
on the streatery scene in New York are saying that when they try to set up camp on
a busy corner they are often threatened by a group of veteran vendors
they call the “Halal Mafia,” according to the
New York Post.



Now that certainly is not Halal!

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How to Make Socially Responsible Investments Pay Off

| 31/08/2009 | Reply
How to Make Socially Responsible Investments Pay Off

As the notions of CSR and Halal continue to converge, read this thought-provoking article from the CEO of Timberland. While consumers call for more socially responsible business practices, shareholders and investors still don’t seem to care. Where are the really socially responsible investors? asks Swartz. Similarly in the Halal sector, the market is expanding exponentially, the consumers are vastly under-served, and yet where is the investment money, particularly from the Muslim world? They can’t all still be looking at real estate and football clubs…or can they?

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For meat heads, it’s prime time

| 24/08/2009 | Reply
For meat heads, it’s prime time

Boston, once home to scores of ethnic butchers, now has a modest
five to 10 such stores. Local meat sellers say it is impossible to
compete with supermarkets, which reduce meat prices because they can
offset any losses through higher costs on other consumer goods.

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Wilmington family business offers fresh meat at farmers markets

| 19/08/2009 | Reply
Wilmington family business offers fresh meat at farmers markets

The cows are raised in Texas eating
grass, and then he takes them to Greensboro where they are fed on grain
for 60 to 120 days. They are then taken one at a time to Chaudry Halal
Meats in Siler City for slaughter. The beef is then aged for a minimum
of 21 days. After the aging, the outer edges of the meat are trimmed
away to add flavor. This method is in-depth, and definitely not cost
effective, but Koster said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Green Zabiha provides organic, halal, and spiritually nourishing meat

| 22/07/2009 | Reply
Green Zabiha provides organic, halal, and spiritually nourishing meat

In
many non-Muslim areas it is relatively easy to find meat that has been
killed according to Islamic tradition. Organic meat can also be found.
Finding meat which is both halal and organic presents a far greater
challenge. Fortunately, in the USA, Green Zabiha is coming to the rescue!

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Celebrating July 4th with Rick Warren and 45,000 Muslims

| 08/07/2009 | Reply
Celebrating July 4th with Rick Warren and 45,000 Muslims

The Washington Convention Center, the venue for this year’s ISNA convention, came alive with halal food stands,
people praying on the carpets, and entire families in their colorful
regional Islamic dress–all a stone’s throw away from the 4th of July
fireworks spectacular going on at the National Mall.

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