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USA: The American Muslim Consumer Conference

| 02/11/2010 | Reply
USA: The American Muslim Consumer Conference

The idea behind the conference was to not only connect young Muslim professionals but to also provide a platform for marketers to discuss the buying power of Muslim Americans.

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USA: Marketers Should Court Muslim Consumers, Says Ad Chief

| 31/10/2010 | Reply
USA: Marketers Should Court Muslim Consumers, Says Ad Chief

Global CEO of Ogilvy, Miles Young, whose agency is part of WPP Group, says he wants to emphasize “the importance of Islamic branding and why the market should be appreciated by marketers.” Says he: “There has been some apprehension and fear about engaging properly with this audience.” Young was the Keynote speaker at the American Muslim Consumer Conference held on the 30 October 2010.

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USA: Egg Industry, Regulators Aim to Increase Food Safety

| 30/10/2010 | 1 Reply
USA: Egg Industry, Regulators Aim to Increase Food Safety

A half a billion eggs and thousands of illnesses later, both regulators and industry are moving towards increasing food safety protections for egg production. More injections proposed for salmonella in chickens who are eating contaminated feed in the US.

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Canada: Bonté Foods receives Halal certification

| 21/10/2010 | Reply
Canada: Bonté Foods receives Halal certification

Dieppe-based Bonté Foods are looking to capitalize on the growing demand for Halal food, as they received certification earlier this week to produce some of its signature products throughout Canada that will be certified Halal.

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USA: Muslims Try to Get Media-Savvy

| 21/10/2010 | Reply
USA: Muslims Try to Get Media-Savvy

Beyond creating media, writer Reza Aslan thinks Muslims need to hold media accountable. He said older Muslims don’t appreciate their own economic clout, about $170 billion in annual spending. But he thinks younger Muslims do, and will eventually make demands of corporate America, whether it’s networks or advertisers.

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Canada: Toronto-made Campbell’s soups has U.S. conservatives simmering

| 20/10/2010 | Reply
Canada: Toronto-made Campbell’s soups has U.S. conservatives simmering

At issue is a line of 15 halal soups made in Etobicoke, available in certain Canadian markets and certified by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

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USA: Muslim Consumer Conference to highlight contributions to U.S. economy

| 20/10/2010 | Reply
USA: Muslim Consumer Conference to highlight contributions to U.S. economy

Muslim professionals, entrepreneurs, and media and marketing executives will meet to share their experiences during the second annual Muslim Consumer Conference on Oct. 30 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Canada: A Canadian line of Campbell’s soups has activists stewing

| 18/10/2010 | Reply
Canada: A Canadian line of Campbell’s soups has activists stewing

Campbell Soup Co., the Camden, N.J., food giant, has been fighting a grass-roots boycott of its products after its Canadian subsidiary rolled out a line of soups certified as halal, meaning they’re prepared according to Islamic dietary laws.

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Eating Halal goes far beyond scientific reasoning

| 11/10/2010 | Reply
Eating Halal goes far beyond scientific reasoning

While mostly overlooked, the halal industry is a key Islamic industry whose model is derived directly from the Quran. The model is even more fascinating when studied under an economic microscope which explains its simplicity and why it is unshakeable.

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Whole Foods reports soaring profit, names co-CEO

| 14/05/2010 | Reply
Whole Foods reports soaring profit, names co-CEO

Whole Foods said its second-quarter profit nearly doubled from a year ago, exceeding expectations, as consumers traded up to more expensive items. This supports the idea that even in hard times, people will continue to buy food, and that in the quest for value, many choose quality over price. Halal manufacturers take note…

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Fundamentals of Halal Foods and Certification

| 26/01/2010 | Reply
Fundamentals of Halal Foods and Certification

Formulating
products for the growing, massive halal market requires knowledge of
processes and ingredient characteristics. The following article which features in the current Prepared Foods magazine in the US, clearly outlines this for people new to the concept of Halal, and how or why you might want to get Halal certified.

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Premium Brands buys Vancouver Halal meat supplier for $2.1 million

| 23/01/2010 | Reply
Premium Brands buys Vancouver Halal meat supplier for $2.1 million

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Premium Brands Holdings Corp. (TSX:PBH) says it has
acquired Vancouver-based South Seas Meats Ltd., a distributor of Halal
specialty meats that will help expand Premium’s portfolio of ethnic
foods. Premium Brands, which has about 25,000 customers in Western
Canada and Washington State, paid about $2.1 million for South Sea
Meats, which had annual sales of about $10 million.
Ahsan
Razak, the founder and operator of South Sea Meats, will join the
management team of Premium Brands.

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Anchorage’s first halal grocery opens

| 19/01/2010 | Reply
Anchorage’s first halal grocery opens

Anchorage is now home to nearly 4,000 Muslims, up from a hundred or so when Lamin Jobarteh, who hails from the West African nation of Gambia arrived in Alaska to attend graduate school in the 1990s. After watching the growing community order bulk shipments of Halal meat and speciality groceries from Seattle and Vancouver for years, Jobarteh left his career as a business banker and has now opened ‘Alaska’s First Halal Grocery’.

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Brazil Targets US & Mexico to Make Up for Lost Poultry Market

| 16/01/2010 | Reply
Brazil Targets US & Mexico to Make Up for Lost Poultry Market

Brazil’s Poultry Exporters Association (Abef) promises to work hard
to open new markets this year, in order to partly make up for the
losses incurred due to the appreciation of the real (the Brazilian
currency) against the dollar, which made the domestic product more
expensive abroad, and due to the global demand retraction seen in 2009.

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For Some, ‘Kosher’ Equals Pure

| 14/01/2010 | Reply
For Some, ‘Kosher’ Equals Pure

There are many similarities between Kosher and Halal. The way that Kosher is perceived in the market has a lot of significant parallels to Halal. At this stage, as is shown in the article, Kosher is more of a mainstream product than a religious one. It is very likely that Halal will follow suit in this respect.

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US Green Mosques

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
US Green Mosques

WASHINGTON
DC — A growing awareness of everything environmentally friendly is
taking place in mosques across the United States, which are joining
hands with grassroots faith-based groups to encourage the mainstream
society to work towards better environmental stewardship.

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Introducing Campbells Halal Certified Products in Canada

| 01/01/2010 | 3 Replies
Introducing Campbells Halal Certified Products in Canada

Campbells Canada launches a selection of Halal-certified products.

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Brazil – More Halal beef for Arab countries

| 28/12/2009 | Reply
Brazil – More Halal beef for Arab countries

More Halal beef for Arab countries – Egypt, Libya and Algeria should
collaborate with the recovery of Brazilian bovine meat exports next
year, says Roberto Giannetti da Fonseca, president of the Beef Industry
and Exporters Association.

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Natural and Organic Food Consumers staying loyal to the category despite recession

| 22/12/2009 | Reply
Natural and Organic Food Consumers staying loyal to the category despite recession

A recent survey from market research firm Mintel shows that nearly
40% of consumers claim they haven’t changed organic product purchasing
habits because of the recession and only a mere 3% have stopped buying
organic products altogether.

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Charles City corporation receives $56,800 grant

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
Charles City corporation receives $56,800 grant

The Iowa Department of Economic Development board
on Thursday awarded a $250,000 loan to help open a poultry plant in
Charles City. The company, Custom Poulty Processing, will focus on specialty market segments including fresh
organic, halal and poultry free of antibiotics.

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