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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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A Halal Meat Business Thrives in New York

| 09/08/2008 | Reply
A Halal Meat Business Thrives in New York

There is a great satisfaction in a father being able to pass a business, he has built, down to his son to carry on after his retirement, but when through this he brings the son back to his Islam and his culture, that is an achievement. This is another success story for Halal.

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Area meat-packing plants prepare product for Muslim community

| 09/08/2008 | Reply
Area meat-packing plants prepare product for Muslim community

Muslims
may not figure prominently into the demographics of Central Alberta,
but a pair of meat processing plants here have adjusted their
operations to serve that market. Sunterra Meats Ltd. in Innisfail and Canadian
Premium Meats Inc. in Lacombe have both obtained halal certification,
approval that allows their meat products to be consumed by devout
Muslims.

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New Producer-Owned Beef Plant For Winnipeg

| 08/08/2008 | Reply
New Producer-Owned Beef Plant For Winnipeg

Natural
Prairie Beef Inc. announced today it has purchased a former Winnipeg
meat processing plant and begun to upgrade and redevelop it to produce
premium-branded Manitoba beef. Following a new business model for the
Canadian beef industry, the producer-owned company will target niche
markets like Halal and Kosher and own more parts of the value chain from gate-to-plate.

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Imams want halal controls

| 08/08/2008 | Reply
Imams want halal controls

Unlike Montreal’s Jewish community, which has a long-established kosher
monitoring system, there are few safeguards in the city to ensure
Muslim consumers are getting food that respects their dietary
restrictions. Reports abound of companies misleading consumers by falsely labelling
their products halal to take advantage of the growing global market.

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Holy Land brand spreads culture

| 31/07/2008 | Reply
Holy Land brand spreads culture

Here is a story about how a family in Minneapolis took the Halal corner store up to the next level, creating its own customer base around it.

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Halal feud centres on slaughter methods

| 30/07/2008 | Reply
Halal feud centres on slaughter methods

The battle of the Halal certifiers is now going to press in Canada. England, Australia, South Africa, Euope, and the USA, all these countries have open warfare between the agencies that certify Halal. How can we grow the Halal market if the people certifying it cannot agree on anything, or try to discredit their competitors?

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MCEC Funds Purchase of Plant for Manitoba Beef

| 30/07/2008 | Reply
MCEC Funds Purchase of Plant for Manitoba Beef

The Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council announced today it
has increased its investment in Natural Prairie Beef Inc. by $1.2
million.”We have to be as smart as we can in our approach,” said Butler.
“Targeting niche markets such as kosher, halal and Natural beef makes
sense and this plant was a good opportunity when it came on the market.”

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Halal food monitor riles sellers

| 29/07/2008 | Reply
Halal food monitor riles sellers

A Muslim
not-for-profit organization says that even though meat might be
advertised as halal, that doesn’t ensure it is slaughtered according to
Qur’an guidelines. And the Halal Monitoring Authority in Canada admits its
growing influence on halal food has upset some businesses.

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