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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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Halal in America – the time is now

| 08/07/2009 | Reply
Halal in America – the time is now

The 46th Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America was
held in Washington DC over the July 4th holiday weekend. Official
numbers have not yet been published, but, as always, this event brings
tens of thousands of American Muslims together for the convention,
bazaar and side sessions.



This year, in collaboration with the American Halal Association, ISNA
held a Halal industry session entitled “Halal in America – the time is
now!” to explore the opportunities and issues brought about by the
current global expansion in the Halal market.

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Canada Eyes Major Investment Opportunities in Brunei

| 28/06/2009 | Reply
Canada Eyes Major Investment Opportunities in Brunei

Given Brunei’s leadership in the establishment of Halal food and
pharmaceutical standards, Mr Wendell Sanford, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei
Darussalam, said, Canadian firms are looking
closely at Brunei as a logical location to both market and manufacture
Halal food and medicinal-products.

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Obama Praises Malaysia In Telephone Conversation With Najib

| 27/06/2009 | Reply
Obama Praises Malaysia In Telephone Conversation With Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — The issue of the state of the economy, was among matters discussed between Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and United States President Barack Obama, during a 20-minute telephone conversation tonight.

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A Trillion Dollar Halal Business

| 25/06/2009 | Reply
A Trillion Dollar Halal Business

For
a long time, halal simply meant buying meat from a halal butcher, who
slaughtered in accordance with Islamic principles. But the halal food
market has exploded in the past decade and is now worth an estimated
$632 billion annually, according to the Halal Journal.

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Can Bar Codes for Food Lead to Safer Practices?

| 21/06/2009 | Reply
Can Bar Codes for Food Lead to Safer Practices?

The New Scientist reported the flurry of technologies, reporting
systems and databases for tracing food origins. From the Locavore
iPhone app [iTunes link], to the Good Guide’s product listing of “safe,
healthy and green” products (also available for mobile devices), and
the Trace Tracker which allows mobile tracing of Halal food, the food
information movement seems to be gaining traction.

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Zabihah.com Now Available as iPhone App

| 12/06/2009 | Reply
Zabihah.com Now Available as iPhone App

AUSTIN, TEXAS, June 8, 2009:  Halalfire Media, LLC, publisher of zabihah.com, the world’s most comprehensive guide to Halal restaurants and markets, announced today the launch of zabihah for iPhone v 1.0, a native application that brings ten years of reviews and confirmed Halal listings to the iPhone App Store.  

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Mobile App Aids Muslims with Food Choices

| 11/06/2009 | Reply
Mobile App Aids Muslims with Food Choices

You may not think that religion and technology go together, but that’s the idea behind a new product developed by one Massachusetts company. Alawy Incorporated, based in Milton, Massachusetts, has developed a mobile food search application called “AMNA Mobile” which helps Muslims observe Islamic dietary standards.


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Organic sector increasingly dependent on imports: USDA

| 05/06/2009 | Reply
Organic sector increasingly dependent on imports: USDA

The US organic sector has become increasingly dependent on imported
ingredients as a supply squeeze continues to limit the sector’s growth,
according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture.

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Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

| 30/05/2009 | Reply
Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

Are you ready to give up electrical stunning?  You could have no
choice.  Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton from www.meatingplace.com attended the Annual meeting of the European Branch
of World Poultry Science’s Poultry Welfare Conference, and this is what she heard when she was there, and her view on it.

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Foodservice customers seeking healthy, local meat

| 30/05/2009 | Reply
Foodservice customers seeking healthy, local meat

Sodexo Canada provides dining services globally in college, corporate,
government and healthcare facility cafeterias, as well as sports
arenas, retirement community dining rooms and a number of other venues.
As the executive chef at Sodexo Canada, Suman Roy has a front-row seat
to North American consumer preferences when it comes to protein
choices. Meatingplace asked him to share his insights.

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KFC says use of halal meat to remain limited in U.S.

| 28/05/2009 | Reply
KFC says use of halal meat to remain limited in U.S.

KFC officials said there are no plans to
offer halal meat at U.S. stores despite a widely publicized test
currently under way at eight of the quick-service chain’s restaurants
in London. In the United States, only a few of KFC’s franchised stores
offer halal items.

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iPhone helps US Muslims eat halal on-the-go

| 26/05/2009 | Reply
iPhone helps US Muslims eat halal on-the-go

Finding
a halal restaurant just became significantly easier for American
Muslims, thanks to a new smart phone application launched this month
that makes dietary religious observance a piece of cake. The application scans the internet — mainly Google, Yahoo, Yelp and
the online guide to halal restaurants and products known as Zabihah.com
— to produce a list of halal eateries sorted by distance.

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U.S. beef gaining traction in Middle East

| 23/05/2009 | Reply
U.S. beef gaining traction in Middle East

High-quality
U.S. beef is becoming a popular item in the Middle East, which
traditionally has been a strong market for beef livers and other
variety meats, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In the first quarter of 2009, U.S. beef muscle-cut exports rose 84
percent in volume and more than 40 percent in value over the same
quarter last year.

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Are Lunchers Finally Getting the Message About the Halal Carts on 53rd & 6th?

| 21/05/2009 | Reply
Are Lunchers Finally Getting the Message About the Halal Carts on 53rd & 6th?

Well now we have the battles between the Halal carts in New York. Having visited the ‘halal guy’ one after midnight and seen the queue for it I do understand that they have built a certain reputation which people might be looking for. Wonder why they can’t do a deal to keep the same spot during the day to avoid confusion.

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Little Halal store on the Prairies

| 14/05/2009 | Reply
Little Halal store on the Prairies

Pakistani immigrants Marjan Shah and Mehboob Ahmad open Regina, Saskatchewan’s first Halal store.

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Halal America in the spotlight at World Halal Forum

| 08/05/2009 | Reply
Halal America in the spotlight at World Halal Forum

A presentation by Imarat Consultants Director, Abdalhamid Evans, entitled “Minority Muslim Markets – Lessons from North America” was delivered at the World Halal Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With surging interest from consumers, suppliers and retailers, it appears that there is a perfect storm on the way for the US Halal market. Download the presentation here.

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Bringing the Halal to Saint John

| 01/05/2009 | Reply
Bringing the Halal to Saint John

A new online Halal grocery store specializing in East Indian and Middle Eastern foods has begun operating in Saint John.

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Many flock to food made under Islamic law in Tennessee

| 29/04/2009 | Reply
Many flock to food made under Islamic law in Tennessee

Halal food in Nashville, Tennessee – not what you would normally associate with the Country & Western music capital of the USA. However, in the
span of about seven years, halal eating has gained such a foothold in
Nashville that the city has its own halal food corridor, said several
Nashville store and restaurant owners offering halal goods there.

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US: Kosher food sales up to $200 billion

| 27/04/2009 | Reply
US: Kosher food sales up to $200 billion
Sales of kosher foods through grocery stores has risen to over $200 billion in 2008.
The
increase is from about $150 billion in 2003, showing yearly growth rate
twice that of the overall food market, according to Packaged Facts’ new
study, “Market Trend: Kosher-and Halal-Certified Foods in the US.”

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