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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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IFANCA brings Halal industry leaders together in Chicago

| 24/04/2009 | Reply
IFANCA brings Halal industry leaders together in Chicago

IFANCA’s 11th International Halal Industry Conference over the weekend brought together an impressive group of Halal industry stakeholders at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Chicago. Make no mistake, Big Industry in the USA is going Halal and Halal Focus was there to hear what they had to say.

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Are ethics behind halal and kosher sales?

| 22/04/2009 | Reply
Are ethics behind halal and kosher sales?

Interest in ethical consumerism is rising, and with it so will sales of
halal and kosher-certified meats, predicts a Packaged Facts report, but
animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming disagrees.

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W.Va. Farmers Aim at Growing Muslim Market

| 18/04/2009 | Reply
W.Va. Farmers Aim at Growing Muslim Market

In a room where farmers in camouflage baseball caps and John Deere
jackets mix with women in head scarves, Larry Gardner is scolding
himself for forgetting Ramadan last year.



 



After 30 years raising lambs, the Waverly farmer is learning something
new about the business. There’s a growing demand in West Virginia for
sheep and goats from Muslim residents tired of traveling hundreds of
miles for meats prepared in accordance with their faith’s dietary
requirements.

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The overlooked $170 billion

| 18/04/2009 | Reply
The overlooked $170 billion

While
engaging Islam may appear complex, what remains quite simple is that
there are millions of American consumers – with an estimated $170
billion of purchasing power – still being ignored.

In 2009, the US marketplace will begin to truly recognize and court the
$170 billion purchasing power of American-Muslims. To date, pop-culture
representations of Islam are either cloaked in evil or infused with
pathos. But as Hallmark, Wal-Mart and 20th Century Fox aim to engage
this consumer demographic,
we will start to see a shift in the commercial landscape of American consumer power.

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The Canadian 100 Mile Diet

| 18/04/2009 | Reply
The Canadian 100 Mile Diet

“It’s a time in history when
people are talking about the 100-mile diet,” says Essex County Federation of Agriculture’s map co-ordinator
Antonio Gomez, based in Ontario, Canada. “People are craving for this information.’

Gomez
says the map comes at a perfect time. Consumers can distract themselves
from the economy by taking a drive out to the county to pick up fresh
food. They’ll know where their food comes from, could save some money
and will be contributing to the local economy, he said.

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Kosher, Halal Foods Meet Demands of Today’s Consumers — But Most Don’t Know It Yet

| 17/04/2009 | Reply
Kosher, Halal Foods Meet Demands of Today’s Consumers — But Most Don’t Know It Yet

In kosher and halal food production, sanitation
requirements are more exacting, supervision is more rigorous, inspection is
more frequent, prohibitions against certain ingredients and contaminants
are stricter, and label information is more forthcoming than required by
federal law. And unlike federal law, these ancient standards are not
subject to negotiation.

Market Intelligence company Packaged Facts’ new report, “MarketTrend: Kosher- and
Halal-Certified Foods in the U.S.” investigates the current and potential market penetration for these sectors.

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Mexico May Help Brunei To Link Up With Global Food Chain

| 09/04/2009 | Reply
Mexico May Help Brunei To Link Up With Global Food Chain

Mexico, one
of the world’s largest food producers, is keen on exploring joint ventures with Bruneian food companies to help it grab
a slice of the lucrative global market for halal products.

“We see a lot of
possibilities in terms of food,” said Mexican Ambassador to
Singapore Juan Jose Gomez Camacho who led a Mexican business
delegation that met with Bruneian businessmen in the
Sultanate yesterday.

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FDA officially delays feed ban implementation

| 08/04/2009 | Reply
FDA officially delays feed ban implementation

The
Food and Drug Administration announced it has officially delayed for 60
days the 2008 BSE final rule prohibiting the use of certain cattle
materials in feed for all animals. The effective date is pushed back to
June 26 from April 27.

So, in case you thought that the rule prohibiting the use of rendered spinal cords and brains from use in animal feeds was already in force in the USA…think again!

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Halal and Organic…Finally!

| 08/04/2009 | Reply
Halal and Organic…Finally!

Although Halal is coming into its own as a food group, and Organic is
already mainstream, the words Halal and Organic are rarely seen
together. HalalFocus was surprised and pleased to come across BlossomPure in Toronto, suppliers of Halal Organic meat

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Judge approves Gold’n Plump settlement with Muslim workers

| 02/04/2009 | Reply
Judge approves Gold’n Plump settlement with Muslim workers

The Minnesota Federal District Court has approved a settlement amongst
Gold’n Plump Poultry, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) and private parties over prayer accommodation at the company’s
Cold Spring, Minn., and Arcadia, Wis., production plants.

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Experts urge processors to foodservice strategies in recession

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
Experts urge processors to foodservice strategies in recession

In an effort to deliver value to a shrinking number of consumers
dining out, foodservice operators and the processors that supply them
are turning to value cuts, smaller portion sizes and other creative
strategies, according to a panel discussion here at the North American
Meat Processors Association 2009 Meat Industry Management Conference.

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Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

Cargill
said Monday it has begun implementing a third-party video auditing
program to bolster the company’s animal welfare protection systems and
will have the program in place at all of its U.S. beef slaughter plants
by the end of 2009. I wonder if this practise will find its way into their Better Beef plant in Canada, and other facilities in the Halal sector?

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South Carolina firm recalls meat and poultry products

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
South Carolina firm recalls meat and poultry products

York, S.C.-based Halal International Processing is recalling nearly
2,925 pounds of beef, chicken, goat and lamb products that were
mislabeled, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.




Not only are these products mislabeled according to USDA, but they also have on the label that they are from a company called ‘Halal International’ but there is no Halal certification on the products. This is a case for needing a regulatory body for Halal foods in the US.

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America’s Costly Halal Food

| 30/03/2009 | Reply
America’s Costly Halal Food

WASHINGTON — Though they concern themselves with eating halal food,
American Muslims are finding it difficult to get affordable foodstuff
to cater to their needs with the skyrocketing prices of
Shari`ah-compliant items.

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Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

British Columbia currently supplies
less than 25 per cent of the domestic lamb market. That means that
three-quarters of the lamb consumed in this province is imported from
Alberta, the United States, or New Zealand. At one of the Saturday
agriculture discussions last year we heard about a sheep farmer in New
Zealand who regularly sold his entire flock to a processor in Surrey,
B.C.

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