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Category: The Americas

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 | 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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Many American meat exporters obtain halal certificate fraudulently

| 18/11/2008 | Reply
Many American meat exporters obtain halal certificate fraudulently

Dubai:
Ninety-five per cent of American food items found in supermarket
shelves in the UAE and some other Gulf countries are not halal even
though they may be certified as such, an industry specialist said at
the Halal World Expo in Abu Dhabi.

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Take A Leaf From M’sia On Halal Food Standards, Says Expert

| 15/11/2008 | Reply
Take A Leaf From M’sia On Halal Food Standards, Says Expert

ABU DHABI, Nov 13 (Bernama) — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
other Middle East countries should emulate Malaysia in regulating halal
food production to prevent governments and consumers from being
defrauded, said an industry expert. Midamar Corporation director Jalel Aossey said countries like
Malaysia and Brunei had well established regulatory bodies to verify
products were halal-compliant and that protection levels were in place
in countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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Summit Industrial Products Becomes the First Company in North America to Earn ISO 21469 Certification

| 14/11/2008 | Reply
Summit Industrial Products Becomes the First Company in North America to Earn ISO 21469 Certification

NSF today announced that KL Texas, L.P. (dba Summit Industrial
Products), a worldwide leader in synthetic lubricant technology, is
the first company in North America to receive Certification to ISO
21469: Safety of machinery – Lubricants with Incidental Product
Contact — Hygiene requirements.


This company has also gone to the trouble to get both Halal and Kosher certification for many of their food grade products. Some people do not realise that Halal certification requirements even go into the fine detail of being sure that the lubricants used for the machinery producing the food, and the glue in packaging, are are inspected.

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Canadian Halal consortium hopes to hit it big

| 13/11/2008 | Reply
Canadian Halal consortium hopes to hit it big

Canadian companies in Alberta have formed a consortium to sell Halal foods in the Middle East. The
plan is to also introduce the region to exotic Alberta meats such as
bison and elk, and with the global Halal market estimated to exceed $1
trillion US by 2010, the sooner they get into it the better.

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Canadian supplier to import high-end halal bison and elk

| 10/11/2008 | Reply
Canadian supplier to import high-end halal bison and elk

DUBAI: Prairie Halal Foods from Canada hopes to introduce halal bison
and Islam-friendly elk into high-end restaurants and hotels by next
month.

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The Blue Olive serves up culture in New Brunswick

| 04/11/2008 | Reply
The Blue Olive serves up culture in New Brunswick

A grocery store has opened in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada to provide the local people with the ingredients for Mediterranean cooking. It is also one of the only stores to provide Halal meat in New Brunswick. Next month the Proprietor, Mohamed Ali Mhalla, from Tunisia, will expand his store into a restaurant with different cuisines being offered each week. The twist will be that if you like the dish you are eating they will give you the recipe to try at home! Like other stores we have seen of this type the underlying theme is also to create a ‘sense of community’ with their customers.

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Tapping the halal market

| 31/10/2008 | Reply
Tapping the halal market

Canadian livestock farmers are now starting to
tap into the Middle East market with a selection of premium meat
products. The Alberta Livestock Industry Development Fund (ALIDF)
is a collection of Canadian livestock farmers with a selection of premium meat
products. ALIDF is a not-for-profit company that was founded on
the collaborative ideals of the livestock industry and the support of
the Alberta government in Canada.


“Our company, Prairie Halal
Foods, is a private, Canadian-owned company. The company is a joint
venture between various established and reputable Canadian companies,”
says general manager, Wahid Kandil.

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United Airlines’ inaugural flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai begins Sunday

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
United Airlines’ inaugural flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai begins Sunday

CHICAGO, IL – United Airlines launches the first-ever nonstop service
on Sunday, October 26 between Washington, D.C., and Dubai. With the
inaugural flight, United becomes the only carrier to offer daily
nonstop service between these important centers of government and
commerce.

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Canadian High Commissioner meets TDAP chief

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Canadian High Commissioner meets TDAP chief

Canadian High Commissioner held a meeting with chief
executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
on Friday and discussed potential for investment in processed
food and mining. Pakistan has abundant raw material for food processing and
needs investment to increase its export share in world’s Halal food market.

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Canadian meat producers target the Middle East

| 24/09/2008 | Reply
Canadian meat producers target the Middle East

A group of farmers from Alberta, Canada will soon be launching an
office in Dubai to market their meat products throughout the Middle
East. Operating as Prairie Halal Foods, the partnership of
seven companies plans to sell Halal beef, bison and elk meat to top-end
restaurants in the region explained general manager Wahid Kandil.

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