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America’s Shrinking Food Wraps

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
America’s Shrinking Food Wraps


American supermarkets are epics of excess: it often seems like every
item in the store comes in a “Jumbo” size or has “Bonus!” splashed
across the label. But is it possible that the amount of food Americans
are buying is, in fact… shrinking?

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Organic is Halal – The first muslim shirt company to go green?

| 30/06/2008 | Reply
Organic is Halal – The first muslim shirt company to go green?

Here is another small Halal business venture going out to the Halal consumers, in the US this time. It also comes under the banner of ‘ethical’ which we think that more and more Halal should be connected to. Afterall, if it isn’t ethical how can it really be Halal? Halal and Healthy? Even the GCC is prohibiting that claim in its Halal standard, but ethical fits the bill.

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Halal – a dynamic force that can change the world

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Halal – a dynamic force that can change the world

An in-depth interview with Hajj Abdalhamid Evans, Senior Analyst at Imarat Consultants. As one of the leading voices in the Halal market with a truly global vision, he discusses issues across a wide range of topics and countries, commenting on MIHAS, the World Halal Forum, the challenges facing Malaysia, Brunei’s new moves in the Halal arena as well as the latest news on the Halal industry in the USA and Canada.



Plus details of the forthcoming International Halal Market Conference in Brunei Darussalam on 16-17 August
.

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Halal: The Original Ethical Meat Eating?

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
Halal: The Original Ethical Meat Eating?

Such a relief to finally read an article where someone has got the point and actually put ethical meat consumption and Halal together. More and more, especially if the Halal Industry ups its standards, the non-Muslim consumer will recognise this about Halal meat and seek it out, as many already do.

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Minnesota’s Holy Land is leading by example

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
Minnesota’s Holy Land is leading by example

Every now and again you have an experience that reaffirms your belief in all that’s good, in humanity, generosity, good food and good company. Our recent visit to Holy Land in Minneapolis was just such an experience. Holy Land is a multi-functional Halal market zone with a bakery, grocery store, restaurant, catering service and general all-round meeting place that was filled with the hum of a growing community.

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Meat and Greet – A Halal Tale

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Meat and Greet – A Halal Tale

Here is a tale about a local farmer in Vermont who decided to help out the local Bosnian and Somali Muslims who wanted to slaughter their own Halal meat. Easier said than done, but a happy ending.

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Farmers sought for mobile abattoir project

| 15/06/2008 | 1 Reply
Farmers sought for mobile abattoir project

If you go beyong the writer’s labelling of the mobile slaughter unit as a ‘killer on the run’ you will see that in fact in this big country where travelling great distances to get from A to B is the norm these mobile units could be a very beneficial service for the Halal industry. Will Muslims themselves realise an opportunity in this both for employment and assured Halal slaughter? Perhaps one should do a poll amongst the Muslim cab drivers of Alberta, who do not see any other jobs opportunities at the moment, even though they might have excellent qualifications.

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Raid on kosher meat plant may spike prices

| 11/06/2008 | Reply
Raid on kosher meat plant may spike prices

Kosher meat, always more expensive
than regular beef and poultry, may grow even pricier this summer,
following the arrests of nearly half the work force in an immigration
raid at the nation’s largest kosher meat processor. Muslims often buy kosher food because it’s easier to
find.


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Tex-Med digs in to meaty export deal

| 08/06/2008 | Reply
Tex-Med digs in to meaty export deal

Houston-based Tex-Med Beef Co. has inked the largest export deal in
its six-year history by agreeing to provide Libya with halal beef and
lamb.

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U.S And Malaysian Banks Can Join Forces In Islamic Financial Services

| 20/05/2008 | Reply
U.S And Malaysian Banks Can Join Forces In Islamic Financial Services

International Trade and Industry Minister
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin called on American bankers Monday to join
forces with their Malaysian counterparts in the area of Islamic
financial services.

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Global food labelling standards

| 20/05/2008 | Reply
Global food labelling standards

THE annual meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL)
was held in Ottawa during the first week of May. Hosted by the
government of Canada, the 36th meeting of CCFL was attended by close to
300 delegates representing 72 member countries, one Member
Organization, European Community and 27 international organisations.

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Iowa Companies Jointly Accept 2008 Best New Halal Product Award

| 14/05/2008 | Reply
Iowa Companies Jointly Accept 2008 Best New Halal Product Award

Nitta Casings of Somerville, New Jersey and Islamic Services of America (ISA)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa are proud to present a ground breaking innovation

an industry first Halal collagen casing for further processed meat
products.

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Minnesota hummus maker expanding business overseas

| 01/05/2008 | Reply
Minnesota hummus maker expanding business overseas

The success story of Majdi Wadi and his Holy Land food brand in Minnesota is an indication not only of the increasing cultural integration in the USA, but also the expansion of the Halal-related food markets there. Minnesota can also claim Keith Ellison, the first Muslim congressman in US history, so clearly some things in the USA are moving in the right direction. With a 9 million Muslim population with substantial disposable income, the US is a lucrative niche Halal market that is overlooked by the majority of manufacturers.

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Fat replacers to spiral in US dairy and meat sectors

| 29/04/2008 | Reply
Fat replacers to spiral in US dairy and meat sectors

Demand
in the US for fat replacers is set to increase as health trends continue, with
particular growth experienced in the meat and dairy sector, according
to a new report. Cargill have reported the development of a Halal fat replacer made from restructured vegetable fat, and there is a clear opportunity for other Halal ingredient manufacturers to take advantage of this growing trend.

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Halal market grows, with potential for non-Muslims too

| 29/04/2008 | Reply
Halal market grows, with potential for non-Muslims too

The
US market for Halal foods is growing according to experts, as US Muslims
grow accustomed to seeing Halal in their grocery aisles, and
non-Muslims see it as healthier.
With eight million Muslims in the US, and the average
family in the country spending around $2100 on food yearly, experts
estimate the US Halal market to be worth $16bn.

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Finger-lickin’ Britain

| 27/03/2008 | Reply
Finger-lickin’ Britain

Given
their ubiquity, you would think the market has reached saturation
point. Not so, according to Zack Kollias, international director of
Texas Chicken. For him, the UK offers one of the world’s biggest
markets for the food. His US-based firm, with more than 1,600 branches
worldwide, has just launched here. Both halal and spicy are also
among the company’s biggest global sellers, Kollias points out.

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Wal-Mart: Arab-America’s Store

| 06/03/2008 | Reply
Wal-Mart: Arab-America’s Store

As
America changes, so does the store where America shops. In Dearborn
this week, the world’s largest retailer Walmart opens a store like no other
among its 3,500 U.S. outlets. Walk through the front door of the
200,000-square-foot super center and instead of rows of checkout
counters, you find a scene akin to a farmers market in Beirut.

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Half The World Is Here

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Half The World Is Here

Want
to know how a city grows? Watch what it eats. Cleveland, long a bastion
of pierogis (or piroshke or pyrohy, depending on which side of what
Eastern European border your great-grandmother traveled from), is now
enriched by a conflation of Arabic, African and Asian tastes – all of
whom have among them the commonality of a fast-growing religion, Islam.

Just as the Kosher deli became a part of American life, slowly the Halal stores with their range of ethnic foods are expanding their customer base to satisfy the needs of the multicultural neighbourhoods in American cities.

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Dietary laws go to college

| 10/02/2008 | Reply
Dietary laws go to college

The trend to offer kosher and Halal dietary options at Universities in the US continues to increase. This is a potentially attractive opportunity for food service and vending machine companies able to fill this gap, and we expect to see this trend continue. It is also an area where the Jews and the Muslims seem to find cooperation useful and relatively easy.

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Drop Islamic Banking Study, group says

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
Drop Islamic Banking Study, group says

“The
Muslim Canadian Congress wants the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. to
stop a study considering the introduction of so-called “Islamic
banking” to Canada.” How ‘Halal’ is Islamic banking? The idea of honest interest free banking for everyone is perhaps a study the Muslim Canadian Congress should look into further for the benefit of everyone. If they look into the Islamic banking in SE Asia they will find there is a much higher percentage of customers that are non-Muslim who have seen the benefits are more favourable for them.

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