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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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Demand for halal foods drives up its availability

| 23/09/2008 | Reply
Demand for halal foods drives up its availability

With nearly 2 million Muslims living in Britain, few businesses here
can ignore the growing demand for foods that are permissible for
consumption under Islamic law. And the same phenomenon is taking place
in the United States and other countries.

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Eco Kosher “Meats” Eco Halal

| 23/09/2008 | Reply
Eco Kosher “Meats” Eco Halal

In 2001, a Chicago-based interfaith educational organization, Faith in Place created Taqwa, an Eco-Food Cooperative that offers meat that satisfies religious dietary requirements of the Muslim community (halal
– or lawful), while simultaneously meeting fair labor and ecological
standards. Today Taqwa serves organic pastured beef, lamb, and chicken
to about 80 families, about half who are Muslim.

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US Embassy Joins the Ramadan Follies

| 16/09/2008 | Reply
US Embassy Joins the Ramadan Follies

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Islam, has become a veritable
business in France. The western country hosts the largest number
of Muslims, some 5 million, and the consumption of halal food
increases there by 15% annually.

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Company will allow prayer breaks for Somalis

| 13/09/2008 | Reply
Company will allow prayer breaks for Somalis

Gold’n Plump Poultry Inc. has agreed to allow Somali
workers to take short prayer breaks and to refuse handling pork at the
St. Cloud-based company’s poultry processing facilities, under a
federally mediated settlement. The agreement is among the first in the nation that requires
employers to accommodate the Islamic prayer schedule and the belief,
held by many strict Muslims, that the Quran prohibits the touching and
eating of pork products.

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A Quarter of Meat Market in the Persian Gulf Belongs to Brazil’s Sadia

| 09/09/2008 | Reply
A Quarter of Meat Market in the Persian Gulf Belongs to Brazil’s Sadia

Brazilian company Sadia, a producer of meats and meat products, has
a 25% market share in the beef, whole-chicken and chicken-in-part
markets in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman
and Bahrain, all countries in the Gulf.

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Faithful Have New Food for Thought

| 07/09/2008 | Reply
Faithful Have New Food for Thought

There is a new mindset for people’s outlook on food that is emerging through their personal beliefs that cannot be overlooked. This has changed from what used to be called ‘alternative’ lifestyle preference, and now is going mainstream. It is one of the reason’s that the market for Halal extends to the non-Muslims with the extra assurance of the animal welfare. This does not only apply to America but also the Middle East where manufacturing Halal food  cannot just about what is permitted in their religion but they now also, like the Americans, have to take into consideration the obesity and health issues that are prevalent in their region.

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World’s Best Halal Restaurants Competition

| 05/09/2008 | Reply
World’s Best Halal Restaurants Competition

Zabihah.com, which is the world’s largest guide to halal restaurants and markets, is holding a ‘World’s Best Halal Restaurants’ competition during Ramadhan. You can go to their site and vote for your favourite Halal eatery. You may even suggest new ones to add to their site! You may also want to put your Halal products up on their new site for review by their readers. Great way to do market research for free.

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US Muslims tell Ramadan hardships under secular life

| 05/09/2008 | Reply
US Muslims tell Ramadan hardships under secular life

Once again the blessed month of Ramadhan is here. This is a time when people all around the world can witness the sincerity of the muslims living amidst them in their commitment to perform the fast that has been made obligatory on them. It is a time when Halal food spirals upward in sales because, although fasting, people seem to consume so much more through not only feeding themselves but feeding others to receive the blessings of this sacred month. Ramadhan Kareem.

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Young Muslim Sees Running Family Business as His "Life’s Journey"

| 05/09/2008 | Reply
Young Muslim Sees Running Family Business as His "Life’s Journey"

This story needs to be read to remind other muslims that going into the field of Halal for their work can be both financially and personally satisfying. Job satisfaction in this day and age is rare, and those working in Halal usually can achieve it. The fact that he did not have the immediate trust of the muslim community only made him work all the harder doing things correctly to earn that trust. This is important for all Halal businesses to be successful.

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Reforming the Halal Food Economy

| 30/08/2008 | Reply
Reforming the Halal Food Economy

Creating Muslim-Driven Supply and Demand

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Urban Inversion

| 11/08/2008 | Reply
Urban Inversion

This article is for research purposes. It is explaining in detail the expansion of immigrant communities and the retail and restaurant outlets they have created in Toronto, but could also apply to cities all over North America and Europe. If you look at it from another angle it is also showing the retail/consumer strength that Halal has in these locations which could be upgraded and improved with proper monitoring and branding.

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Somalis fill vacant jobs at Iowa meatpacking plant

| 09/08/2008 | Reply
Somalis fill vacant jobs at Iowa meatpacking plant

Nearly three months after a federal immigration raid uprooted almost 400 employees at the largest Kosher meat packing plant in Iowa, USA dozens of Somali immigrants from Minneapolis are slowly filling the jobs left by the arrested Mexican and Guatamalan workers.

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