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Brazil-Leading world poultry company in big trouble.

| 10/01/2009 | Reply
Brazil-Leading world poultry company in big trouble.

Sadia, Brazil’s second largest meat company, has seen 32% wiped off the value of
the company in December, after the large losses in currency trading now
subject to numbers law suits from investors.
The company is rumored to have taken out a new line of credit, for the
12 meat plants based in Brazil as well as its global operations.

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Augrid Global Holdings Corporation

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Augrid Global Holdings Corporation

AUGRID Global Holdings Corp. (PINKSHEETS: AGHG), a holding company dedicated to acquiring and managing ownership
interests in a diverse range of businesses, re-negotiated very favorable
terms for the Halal meat processing plant acquisition.

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Brazil food and beverage exports to Gulf growing

| 04/01/2009 | Reply
Brazil food and beverage exports to Gulf growing

Brazil’s growing influence as a major source of Middle Eastern
food imports will be highlighted during the “Flavors from Brasil” trade
event to be held on Feb. 21-23, 2009 at the Intercontinental Hotel –
Festival City, Dubai, UAE.


Brazil must be pretty confident of their market if they think they can hold a stand alone event overlapping with Gulfood 2009, the largest food show in the region, which starts in Dubai on the 23 February.

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Brazil’s 12.48% share in Gulf food and beverage imports

| 31/12/2008 | Reply
Brazil’s 12.48% share in Gulf food and beverage imports

Brazil’s
growing influence as a major source of Middle Eastern food imports will
be highlighted during the ‘Flavours from Brasil’ trade event to be held
from February 21 to 23, 2009 at the Intercontinental Hotel – Festival
City, Dubai, UAE. The
country’s share in Gulf food and beverage imports reached 12.48% in
2007, a figure it is expected to easily surpass as 2008 comes to a
close.

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US Halal Meat Company in trouble

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
US Halal Meat Company in trouble

MOHAMMED Fayyez Hayat, the owner of American Halal Meat Processors Inc,
has appeared in court in Texas, where he pleaded guilty to numerous
charges of dishonesty.

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Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Sign up for farm-to-fork traceability software

| 21/12/2008 | Reply
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Sign up for farm-to-fork traceability software

FoodLogiQ,
the leading provider of On Demand food safety and traceability
software, today announced that they have signed an agreement with the
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to provide a value added traceability
solution to its members.

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2009 Food Safety Summit set for April in Washington

| 21/12/2008 | Reply
2009 Food Safety Summit set for April in Washington

Today consumers are witnessing the globalization of the entire food
chain, bringing new challenges as well as renewed efforts to improve
food safety and food defense in North America and around the world. At the Summit, growers, manufacturers,
food service operators, retailers, distributors, regulators and
non-government agencies will gather to share science-based information
regarding food safety, quality assurance and crisis planning.

The
event will take place April 27 – 29, 2009 at the Washington DC
Convention Center.

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The Latest Twist in the Story of Ethical Meat

| 16/12/2008 | Reply
The Latest Twist in the Story of Ethical Meat

When
Maple Leaf Foods announced that listeria had infected its processing
plant on Sheppard Avenue, people purged their fridges and freezers, and
vowed never to eat mass-produced bologna again. Sales of cold cuts
plummeted across Canada. But not at Blossom­Pure, a small retail
and wholesale business in Mississauga, Ontario where sales remained strong. The
store’s owner, Fahim Alwan, fielded calls from prospective customers
anxious to know the provenance of his salami.

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Holidays bring increased demand for goat meat

| 13/12/2008 | Reply
Holidays bring increased demand for goat meat

As the holiday season hits full swing, immigrants are flocking to
butcher shops, meatpacking plants and farms for the food they crave:
goat. Muslims
who marked the three-day Eid al-Adha festival that ended Wednesday
divided goat carcasses into portions of three—honoring the idea of
sacrifice by feeding the poor as well as cooking up the sweetly pungent
meat for their families.

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Kraft looking at the Halal market?

| 12/12/2008 | Reply
Kraft looking at the Halal market?

An interesting interview with Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld that includes a few clues about how Kraft is planning to get into the Halal market. Like many of the majors, Kraft is becoming increasingly aware of the value of the Halal market. Even in Muslim-minority countries like Canada and the USA, the Halal sector still represents multi-billion dollar markets, and in hard times, these previously unnoticed consumer segments are starting to get noticed.

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When halal is not enough – Demand for organic all-natural meat among American Muslims increases

| 07/12/2008 | Reply
When halal is not enough – Demand for organic all-natural meat among American Muslims increases

Finding
halal meat has always been a challenge for Muslims in America, though
many larger communities now boast stores and companies catering to
Islamic dietary regulations.
But with rising
awareness of the nature of food production – particularly meat
production – in the giant farms and factories that supply America’s
grocery stores, some Muslims are coming to an understanding that simply
halal, or zabiha meat, is not enough.

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Crescent Halal Chicken Lands On Wal-Mart Shelves

| 06/12/2008 | 1 Reply
Crescent Halal Chicken Lands On Wal-Mart Shelves

Crescent Foods, the Chicago-based Halal chicken producer, recently
sealed a deal to supply Halal chicken products to Wal-Mart, the world’s
biggest retail chain. In a move that reflects the growing demand for
Halal products, five Wal-Mart superstores in the Michigan area now
stock a range of Crescent chicken products. This is further evidence that Halal is really moving into the mainstream.

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Kraft CEO Talk Crisis, Food Industry

| 06/12/2008 | Reply
Kraft CEO Talk Crisis, Food Industry

Now this is how to get Halal on the menu:
‘Rosenfeld explained the extent to which Kraft supports new ideas
brought forward by employees. She mentioned one employee in particular,
a practicing Muslim who drew up a business plan to show how halal
products would be a viable option for Kraft. Now, she said, Kraft will
be coming out with such a line.

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Kosher meat shortage persists

| 05/12/2008 | Reply
Kosher meat shortage persists

Here is another article on the shortage of kosher meat in the US. This will also affect the Muslims who are 16% of the Kosher consumers because of the absence of Halal in their areas. Perhaps it will help to increase the Halal meat business, and show Halal suppliers an opportunity, to serve these Muslims who have turned to Kosher for their meat.

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Summit Industrial Products earns ISO 21469 certification

| 05/12/2008 | Reply
Summit Industrial Products earns ISO 21469 certification

This article on a company that produces lubricants for equipment in the food industry, and also for cosmetic and pharmaceutical production is, once again, showing that Halal certification comes in at many different stages of manufacturing that people do not realise.

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USA No. 1 chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride files for Chapter 11

| 03/12/2008 | Reply
USA No. 1 chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride files for Chapter 11
The economic pressures facing the U.S. chicken industry came into full view Monday when the No. 1 producer, Pilgrim’s Pride, (PPC) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-court protection. Pilgrim’s,
which produces 25% of U.S. broilers, suffered a triple whammy of large
debt, high feed prices and lower prices for chicken amid weakening
demand in the U.S. and abroad.

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Kosher getting harder to find

| 03/12/2008 | Reply
Kosher getting harder to find

The closure of Agriprocessors kosher meat facility in Iowa has had a strong knock-on effect throughout the kosher food retailing sector in the USA. Supplies have been effected, some product lines have been cut and prices are climbing. It remains to be seen if any other producers can step into the gap created by the closure of Agriprocessors, but for now kosher is harder to find on the shelves.

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Halal Food on US Campus

| 02/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Food on US Campus

This article is proof that if the demand is there Halal food will be made available for the Muslims. This extends to all areas of the food industry.

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Brazil invests to enlarge its participation in food and beverage imports in Arab markets

| 29/11/2008 | Reply
Brazil invests to enlarge its participation in food and beverage imports in Arab markets

The Brazilian Trade and
Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) has announced that it will
organise “Flavours from Brasil” at the Intercontinental Hotel –
Festival City, Dubai from February 16 to 17, 2009, in an effort to
strengthen the reputation of Brazilian food brands in the Middle East’s
food and beverage market.

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Brazilian Halal exports to the Middle East to cross US$6.38 billion in 2008

| 19/11/2008 | Reply
Brazilian Halal exports to the Middle East to cross US$6.38 billion in 2008

Brazilian
Halal exports to the Middle East are expected to exceed USD 6.38
billion in 2008, as the demand for beef meat and poultry continues to
rise in the region. Industry reports have revealed that 33 per cent of
Brazilian poultry and 40 per cent of its meat production are being
supplied to the global Halal market, which is largely concentrated
within the region.

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