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Gov’t launches sci-tech program for halal industry

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
Gov’t launches sci-tech program for halal industry

The Government launched a science
and technology program in General Santos City to officially put the mechanism in place to put the
country in a position to penetrate the rich global halal market. “We want to become the clearing house of all halal products going out of the country to ensure their credibility with the foreign buyers,” said Zenaida Laidan, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12).

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Japanese Co Looks To Build Plant In Brunei

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
Japanese Co Looks To Build Plant In Brunei

PHARMEX Japan – a Japanese company specialising in
the export of Japanese generic drugs – is looking to build a
pharmaceutical packaging plant in Brunei Darussalam.
If successful in obtaining the
halal certification from the certifying authorities of Brunei for
their processing plant and products, the company hopes to be able to
qualify to package the medicines under the Brunei Halal brand, with
Brunei Darussalam as the base of medicine supply to Muslim consumers
around the world, a BEDB press release said.

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Halal products gaining in popularity

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Halal products gaining in popularity

Halal products are becoming a
popular trend with all faiths and the UAE will benefit as a hub for
distribution, according to food producers at Gulfood 2008 Exhibition on
Tuesday.

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The Halal Journal takes HDC and Malaysian businesses to Gulfood 2008

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
The Halal Journal takes HDC and Malaysian businesses to Gulfood 2008

Leading industry magazine The Halal Journal will not only be participating in the upcoming 13th
Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition and Salon Culinaire (Gulfood
2008) as the official supporting media, but will also be representing
Malaysian industry leaders in its special cover edition for the event.

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Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

A masterplan for the Malaysian halal industry
will be presented to the government by end of this month, the chief
executive officer of Halal Industry Development Corporation, Datuk
Jamil Bidin, said today at the launch of the World Halal Forum 2008. Jamil said that the masterplan was a comprehensive blueprint
encompassing a three-year roadmap for the development of the country’s
halal industry which is rapidly expanding.

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Brunei exports closer

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Brunei exports closer

The Religious Council of
Brunei is soon expected to authorise commencement of a Halal
accreditation process for interested Australian companies wanting to be
a part of the global Brunei Halal Brand.
The opportunity for Ararat
producers to export Halal certified grain, meat and other products to
Brunei is about to move a step closer.

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Brunei Partakes In Singapore Halal Expo

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Partakes In Singapore Halal Expo

Singapore Minister for Environment and Water
Resources cum Muslim Affairs Minister In Charge Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
officially opened the inaugural four-day Singapore International
Halal Showcase on January 24.
In attendance were officials from
the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI) and
ADEX Communications Pte Ltd, and entrepreneurs from several
countries such as Australia, Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia,
New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

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Southeast Asian Countries Urged To Jointly Market Halal Products

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Southeast Asian Countries Urged To Jointly Market Halal Products

Southeast
Asian countries competing to promote their halal products in the
international markets should join hands instead of trying to outdo each
other, a halal conference in Singapore was told today.

Malaysia’s
Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) chief executive officer
Datuk Jamil Bidin said they should be united so as to position
themselves as a global player or else they will face an uphill battle
to penetrate the world halal market if each goes its own way.

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Brunei Delegation Joins SIHAS

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Delegation Joins SIHAS

Ten local companies, led by the Ministry of Industry and Primary
Resources, exhibited their products during the Singapore International
Halal Showcase (Sihas) 2008 at Singapore Expo in an effort to penetrate
the lucrative halal food industry.

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US recession poses no threat to halal trade

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
US recession poses no threat to halal trade

A recession in the United States will have a minimal impact on the
international halal trade as the need to consume halal products is an
Islamic tenet, said Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation
(Matrade) chief executive officer Datuk Noharuddin Nordin,
speaking
at a press briefing yesterday on the upcoming 5th Malaysia
International Halal Showcase (Mihas 2008).

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Al Islami calls for UAE to strengthen position in Halal

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Al Islami calls for UAE to strengthen position in Halal

Al Islami Foods has urged the UAE authorities to consolidate the strength of region’s halal market. It
called for consultation with the key stakeholders so that the local
markets develop capabilities to compete with the international players.

These
recommendations were presented by Al Islami Foods marketing manager
Mustafa Jassem to at the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum at Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

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Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

| 16/01/2008 | Reply
Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

The
definitions of Halal, while generally agreed upon by Muslims, display
significant gaps when it comes to their application in the industry.
Due to differing Halal standards not only between countries but also
within each individual country (following the presence of various Halal
authorities), confusion, misunderstanding and even abuse in the Halal
audit and certification process have occurred. As a result, supply
chains have been broken whilst artificial shortages of raw material
have emerged as a result of disunity between Halal certification bodies.

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Filmmakers Turn Lens On Ozone Park Halal Shop

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Filmmakers Turn Lens On Ozone Park Halal Shop

A new documentary film, “A Son’s Sacrifice” looks at the life and times of Madani Halal on 94th Street in Ozone Park. The film, which runs for 30 minutes, will air on WNET (Channel 13) on Jan. 25.

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Move With Trends Or Risk Being Left Behind, SMEs Told

| 14/12/2007 | Reply
Move With Trends Or Risk Being Left Behind, SMEs Told

Brunei must learn to catch up with trends in the global
food industry or risk being left out of the market, according to a
local entrepreneur.

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Abu Dhabi Halal World Expo Declared Success

| 12/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi Halal World Expo Declared Success

The success of Halal World Expo, held at the Abu Dhabi National
Exhibition Centre this week, predicts even greater growth for this fast
growing global industry sector.
“The Halal food market currently accounts for as much as 12 per cent of
the global trade in food products,” said Christine Weaver, Exhibition
Director for Halal World Expo. “The Muslim population is projected to
constitute 30 per cent of the world’s population by 2025, meaning Halal
food could easily account for 20 per cent of world trade in food
products in the future.”

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Abu Dhabi to host exhibition on halal industry on Sunday

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi to host exhibition on halal industry on Sunday

Abu Dhabi will become the focal point for the $2.1 trillion a year
global halal industry next week as leading manufacturers and suppliers
assemble in the UAE capital to debate issues vital to the growth of the
business worldwide. This is the first serious Halal-based forum and expo to take place in the UAE, a timely indication that the Arab presence in the market may be on the increase.

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Brunei To Showcase Products At World Halal Expo in Abu Dhabi

| 02/12/2007 | Reply
Brunei To Showcase Products At World Halal Expo in Abu Dhabi

Establishments from Brunei Darussalam are ready to
participate in the World Halal Expo 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates (UAE), from December 9 to 11, to popularise local products
towards global recognition as well as to build networking with
international suppliers.

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Muslim-owned businesses

| 25/11/2007 | Reply
Muslim-owned businesses

Shahed Amanullah, Editor-in-Chief, AltMuslim.com, has given his commentary on the recent acquisition of Al-Safa Halal. Hopefully this sale of a non-Muslim owned Halal business to a Muslim will create a higher awareness of the opportunities available in the market for Muslims to take advantage of. Men like David Muller saw a potentially profitable business idea and took full advantage of it. He complied to the requirements specified to make the products Halal, just as many non-Muslim run companies do around the world, including Nestle. What is notable here is not that there are non-Muslims running Halal businesses, but that there are so few Muslims in upper management of the production of Halal food internationally.

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Ethnic food leads the way

| 24/11/2007 | Reply
Ethnic food leads the way

Halal
exhibitors were once again in abundance at the show from Welsh Country
Foods to Crescent Quality Food. Companies that were previously not
operating in the halal sector are realising there is a gap in the
market to be filled and that Muslim consumers want the same choice of
products as the rest of the population.

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DTI embarks on programs for SMEs

| 14/11/2007 | Reply
DTI embarks on programs for SMEs

Teolulo T. Pasawa, director of the DTI Southern Mindanao’s National
Economic Research and Business Assistance Center (Nerbac), said the
good manufacturing practices training was held on October 27, 2007. The Halal Products Retail Merchandising seminar
was held on November 14 at the Davao Medical School Foundation.

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