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The Growing Halal and Kosher Markets

| 07/03/2009 | Reply
The Growing Halal and Kosher Markets

It isn’t just kosher-observant Jews and halal-observant Muslims who are
driving the sacred foods market. Many consumers who are concerned about
food safety are turning to kosher- and halal-certified foods because of
the perception that they are “cleaner” and more closely supervised
during the manufacturing process.

Vegans, vegetarians and consumers
with food intolerances are drawn to the products as well because the
certification labeling means that they can quickly see if a food
contains, for example, dairy. Manufacturers are also pursuing
certification because it can help open up new regional markets in
cities where buyers are more likely to be accepting of certified
products.

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Gulfood a boost for F&B market morale

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Gulfood a boost for F&B market morale

Rastelli owner Anthony Rastelli, who was exhibiting in Dubai
International Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (DICEC) Sheikh Maktoum
Hall this year, says Gulfood 2009 was “one of the more successful
shows” for the Halal food company, adding that there had been no
particular impact from the economic climate.

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Demand for Halal hots up in USA

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Demand for Halal hots up in USA

Poll
after poll reveals what Americans are after from poultry products:
wholesomeness, healthfulness and a certain “natural” quality. The
rising demand for clean labels has affected which products Americans
buy, and companies that offer specially certified products, such as Halal poultry, are among the ones reaping the rewards.

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Illinois University database connects producers with processors

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Illinois University database connects producers with processors

Say you are a chef in Chicago who wants to source Illinois
grass-fed beef. Or you are a meat processor in New York looking for Halal beef that was raised locally. You might be a
retailer looking for all the meat processors you could partner with in
Macon County, Georgia, or even a consumer wondering where to find all
the meat markets in Akron, Ohio. It’s all available on
MarketMaker.

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Pilgrim’s Pride to close three chicken plants, lay off 3,000

| 28/02/2009 | Reply
Pilgrim’s Pride to close three chicken plants, lay off 3,000

Pilgrim’s
Pride, which is reorganizing under bankruptcy protection, on Friday
said it would idle three U.S. chicken processing plants and lay off
3,000 workers, reducing its production by as much as 10 percent as the
recession takes its toll on consumer demand.

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Burger King says beef costs have plunged

| 28/02/2009 | Reply
Burger King says beef costs have plunged

Miami-based
Burger King Holdings said its beef costs have plunged nearly 25 percent
so far this year as weaker global demand and increased supplies have
pushed prices lower, according to
Dow Jones.

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Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

| 26/02/2009 | Reply
Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, February 17, 2009 – Canadian
beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market
for the first time since 2003. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the
announcement today following his meeting with Saudi Arabian Minister of
Commerce and Industry Abdullah Bin Ahmed Zeinal Alireza in Riyadh.

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Recession slows growth of ‘green’ products: Mintel

| 25/02/2009 | Reply
Recession slows growth of  ‘green’ products: Mintel

The
number of Americans who say they almost always or regularly buy green
products remains unchanged since last year, at 36 percent, according to
consumer survey data from research firm Mintel. This comes after
tripling the previous year, from 12 percent in 2007 to 36 percent in
2008.

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U.S. poultry exports hit record in 2008

| 23/02/2009 | Reply
U.S. poultry exports hit record in 2008

Exports
of U.S. broiler meat, excluding chicken paws, rose 18 percent in 2008
from 2007 to a record quantity of 3.2 million metric tons, as their
value soared to a record $3.5 billion, an increase of 28 percent,
according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

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Cuba seeks to enhance diplomatic ties with Brunei

| 16/02/2009 | Reply
Cuba seeks to enhance diplomatic ties with Brunei

Cuba, is seeking to explore more than just diplomatic ties with Brunei and is
eyeing ‘areas of common profit’ between the two sovereign states. In the areas of trade, Cubans are looking for an opportunity in fields such as pharmaceutical and bio-medical
supply, in which they have a well-established industry. The Cuban Ambassador, Carlos Alfredo Amores Balbin spoke to the media yesterday about these
prospective opportunities.

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Food quality, not religion, tops kosher consumers’ criteria: study

| 11/02/2009 | Reply
Food quality, not religion, tops kosher consumers’ criteria: study

People of all faiths are fueling a robust market for kosher foods,
according to a new report by market research firm Mintel. A consumer
survey of 2,500 adults found that the No. 1 reason people buy kosher
food is for quality (62 percent).

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Great Potential For Malaysian Food Products In US

| 08/02/2009 | Reply
Great Potential For Malaysian Food Products In US

NEW YORK, – While the ongoing recession has adversely
affected consumer demand in the United States, the biggest market for
Malaysian products, foreign suppliers are scrambling to devise
marketing strategies to push products that have good growth potential
even in a depressed market state.




“Our discussions with the trade reveal the full potential of
Malaysian food products, particularly the halal segment, in this
burgeoning market has not been fully realised,” said Wan Latiff Wan
Musa, Malaysia’s trade commissioner in New York, told Bernama.

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Restaurant chef Matt Prentice embarks on a quest to reinvent hospital food

| 29/01/2009 | Reply
Restaurant chef Matt Prentice embarks on a quest to reinvent hospital food

There is an expression ‘you are what you eat’ but looks like the chef to this new hospital in Detroit is taking this seriously for his patients and visitors to the new facility. Not only will he be offering interesting meal choices but also different cuisines and religious restrictions will also be catered for. Countries in Southeast Asia looking to increase tourists through ‘medical tourism’ should take note of this hospital’s enthusiam for creating an all round ‘wellness centre’.

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West Virginia farmers aim at growing Muslim market

| 24/01/2009 | Reply
West Virginia farmers aim at growing Muslim market

West Virginia’s farmers are eager for new customers and the local Muslim community is a prime target. They have started with a seminar on getting
West Virginia meat onto the tables of Muslims, which included a crash
course on halal.

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Pharma Nectar, a Brazilian Company, Pitches Its Honey Overseas

| 13/01/2009 | Reply
Pharma Nectar, a Brazilian Company, Pitches Its Honey Overseas

Brazilian company Pharma Nectar exports propolis, honey and herbal
extracts from Brazilian medicinal plants to more than 20 countries,
mainly in Asia and Europe. With foreign market expansion plans for 2009, the company invests in
seeking new markets. According to company owner José Alexandre Abreu,
the organization, which already has many Muslim customers in Malaysia,
has decided to seek halal certification, which should be obtained still
in the first half of 2009.

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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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