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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 | Reply
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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Brazil – Halal poultry trade expanding at great speed

| 17/12/2009 | Reply
Brazil – Halal poultry trade expanding at great speed

The Middle East is the main consumer market for chicken produced in the
state of Paraná, according to the Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA). In
2009 alone, up to November, the state shipped 874,200 tonnes to the
region, generating revenues of US$1.34 billion.

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Technology will take Malaysians firms up halal chain

| 12/12/2009 | Reply
Technology will take Malaysians firms up halal chain

SAN FRANCISCO — Malaysia’s halal industry can move up the
value chain if collaborations are forged with technology-driven firms
to produce more products or components which are Shariah-compliant. In realising this, Halal Development Corporation Sdn Bhd Chief
Executive Officer, Datuk Jamil Bidin said Malaysia should attract firms
strongly involved in research and development (R&D) to create
innovative products, not only in the food but non-food segments as well.

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Welcome to Nature’s Bounty All-Natural Halal Meat Farm!

| 11/12/2009 | Reply
Welcome to Nature’s Bounty All-Natural Halal Meat Farm!

Nature’s Bounty is a family-owned farm/CA state inspected meat facility in Vacaville,

California that offers all-natural, farm-fresh Halal lamb, goat, and beef. All animals are naturally fed, without the use of hormones or chemicals, and are treated humanely.

Let’s hope more businesses like this start up because All-Natural Halal meat is certainly in demand!

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Brazilian Halal Beef exports On the Rise

| 08/12/2009 | Reply
Brazilian Halal Beef exports On the Rise

Bovine meat exports from the Brazilian state, Mato Grosso, to the
Middle East in October grew 41 per cent in comparison with September.
Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain and Lebanon were the leading
buyers.

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Centralia shop in US specializes in processing Islamic food

| 01/12/2009 | Reply
Centralia shop in US specializes in processing Islamic food

Gene Huguenin is a Christian and Marine Corps veteran. He is also the
owner of a Centralia meat processing plant in the state of Washington, USA, that butchers goats, sheep
and beef according to strict Islamic religious standards for shipment
to Muslim customers around the world.
The Huguenins started producing halal meat about 50 days ago to
provide halal meat to much of the West Coast and beyond.

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Brazil – 300 companies certified Halal

| 24/11/2009 | Reply
Brazil – 300 companies certified Halal

300 Brazilian companies have already received halal certification,
guaranteeing that their products may be consumed in Muslim companies
reports The Brazil-Arab News Agency.  “Ninety per cent of
Brazilian companies are currently getting ready to receive halal
certification,” Ali Saifi, Vice President of the Centre for Promotion
of Islam to Latin America (CDIAL) told The Brazil-Arab News Agency.

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Corporate US gets to know Muslims

| 09/11/2009 | Reply
Corporate US gets to know Muslims

Getting corporate America to recognise the purchasing
power of Muslims, rather than running scared because of stereotypes,
was difficult but not impossible, said Michael Hastings-Black, the
co-founder of the Desedo Advertising Agency, which specialises in
minority markets, at the American Muslim Consumer Conference.

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Putting some meat on our beef industry

| 08/11/2009 | Reply
Putting some meat on our beef industry

It’s commonly known Manitoba’s cattle industry depends heavily on exports. So much so, people in the sector have tended to look at you funny
whenever you float the idea of marketing more of what our farmers
produce into local markets. After all, we’re told Manitoba consumers
can only eat between 13 and 15 per cent of the cattle produced in the
province.

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The Eco-Halal Revolution: Clean food for Muslims

| 05/11/2009 | Reply
The Eco-Halal Revolution: Clean food for Muslims

A growing movement of
Muslims is seeking to revolutionize the production and supply of halal
meat in the U.S. This drive for a more transparent and environmentally
sound approach to halal meat reflects the natural juncture of Islamic
dietary principles and the increasingly popular but almost entirely
secular sustainable-food movement sweeping across the country.

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1st AMCC event gets off to a flying start

| 03/11/2009 | Reply
1st AMCC event gets off to a flying start

The first American Muslim Consumer Conference was held at
Rutgers University New Brunswick over the weekend. I believe it is fair to say
that everyone present at this ground-breaking event came away with a deeper understanding
of this new emerging market. If the passion, commitment and knowledge of this
collected gathering is any indication, this annual event is going to play a big
role in shaping the future of this market, and its ripples are likely to go far
beyond the shores of the USA. My advice? Better book early for 2010!

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