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Mihas 2009 Records Highest Foreign Participation

| 07/05/2009 | Reply
Mihas 2009 Records Highest Foreign Participation

KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 (Bernama) — The sixth Malaysia
International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2009 which took off Wednesday at
the Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre here has received the
highest number of foreign participation thus far, Minister of
International Trade and Industry Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said.

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Matrade Expects Improved Sales At Mihas 2009

| 06/05/2009 | Reply
Matrade Expects Improved Sales At Mihas 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia External Trade
Development Corporation (Matrade) expects to improve on the RM2.2
billion sales recorded last year under its Incoming Buying Mission
programme at this year’s Malaysia International Halal Showcase (Mihas),
its director of products section, products and services department, Wan
Norma Wan Daud said.

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MATRADE To Sign MoU With ITFC

| 06/05/2009 | Reply
MATRADE To Sign MoU With ITFC

KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysia External
Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) will sign a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the International Islamic Trade Finance
Corporation (ITFC), to pave the way for collaboration in areas of trade
promotion and capacity building.


The ITFC, located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was established within
the Islamic Development Bank group, for the principal activity of
providing trade finance and promoting trade within the Organisation of
the Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries.

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Halal Products Boom Amid Global Economic Recession

| 05/05/2009 | Reply
Halal Products Boom Amid Global Economic Recession

Bandar Seri Begawan – Amid growing
concerns over the state of the global economy, the International
Halal Market Conference 2009 will focus on the pivotal role the
industry can play by acting as an engine of growth for economic
recovery.

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Halal conference to guide Brunei SMEs into export markets

| 05/05/2009 | Reply
Halal conference to guide Brunei SMEs into export markets

BRUNEI’S
4th International Halal Market Conference organising committee is
holding a workshop to help small business in the Sultanate expedite
their entry into export markets for halal products.

The strategy
for this year’s conference slated for August will be to hold a workshop
before the conference to discuss issues and gather feedback from
potential and existing halal exporters, said Effandi Hj Salleh, head of
the entrepreneurial development centre of the Ministry of Industry and
Primary Resources and a member of the organising committee of the
upcoming international halal conference. The workshop should help small
and medium enterprises (SMEs) familiarise themselves with what needs to
be done to f
inally start exporting.


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PIHH Signs Six Pacts To Develop Halal Industry

| 04/05/2009 | Reply
PIHH Signs Six Pacts To Develop Halal Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, – Penang International Halal Hub (PIHH) has entered into six
memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to develop halal clusters, namely
manufacturing, logistics, agro-based industry, finance and hospitality.

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World Halal Food Industry Estimated To Rise To US$655 Billion

| 04/05/2009 | Reply
World Halal Food Industry Estimated To Rise To US$655 Billion

KUALA LUMPUR, — The world Halal food
industry is estimated to rise to US$655 billion next year from US$635
billion this year, the latest research by the World Halal Forum has
showed, former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi disclosed
Monday.

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Full Modules Of Global Halal Standard By Year-end

| 04/05/2009 | Reply
Full Modules Of Global Halal Standard By Year-end

KUALA LUMPUR, — The global halal
standard modules, which will pave the way for harmonisation of the
global halal industry, will be ready for public comments by end of this
year.
International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI) chief executive
officer Darhim Hashim said there are 10 modules under the halal
standard which also represented eight particular sectors.

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Malaysia Tips "Halal" Exports To Surge

| 04/05/2009 | Reply
Malaysia Tips "Halal" Exports To Surge

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)–Malaysia said Monday its exports of “halal” goods will
defy the economic downturn and surge to $900 million this year, up 40% from two
years ago.

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M’sian Halal Exports To OIC Members To Rise To US$900 Mln This Year

| 04/05/2009 | Reply
M’sian Halal Exports To OIC Members To Rise To US$900 Mln This Year

‘Malaysian exports of
halal food products to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC)
member countries, is estimated to rise to US$900 million this year,
with increasing demand,’ the Minister of International Trade and Industry
Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said today in his Keynote Address at the World Halal Forum 2009.

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Arab investors to build ‘Arab cities’ in Malaysia

| 01/05/2009 | Reply
Arab investors to build ‘Arab cities’ in Malaysia

Arab investors will spend $303 million on
building two “Arab Cities” to lure Arab tourists to the historic
Malaysian town of Malacca, the Star daily said Wednesday.

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Hot Can wins Halal Journal Award

| 01/05/2009 | Reply
Hot Can wins Halal Journal Award

Fancy a can of hot
coffee? Then be on the lookout for a hot can sensation set to hit
petrol station stores next month. This latest innovation developed in
Malaysia by Hot Can Malaysia Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk
Kenneth Kolb is already available in Australia, New Zealand, Britain
and most recently, Turkey.

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Muslim Minority Markets – Lessons from North America

| 29/04/2009 | Reply
Muslim Minority Markets – Lessons from North America

HalalFocus will be at the World Halal Forum in Kuala Lumpur on 4-5 May, and we will be making a presentation on ‘Minority Muslim Markets – Lessons from North America’ on the 5th. The WHF is the largest Halal Industry get-together in the world, and is expected to attract a larger contingent from the GCC region this year to balance out the S E Asian component. Our reports will be posted….

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European Companies Urged To Exploit Opportunities In Malaysia

| 28/04/2009 | Reply
European Companies Urged To Exploit Opportunities In Malaysia

Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, in a keynote address at the Seminar on Trade and Investment
Opportunities in Malaysia, said that UK importers should look into sourcing higher value-added
products from Malaysia and a wide variety of quality halal products and
services available in Malaysia.

“There is huge potential for growth in the halal market when one
considers that the wholesome, hygienic and contamination-free
principles associated with halal products and services also make them
appealing to non-Muslims,” he said.

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US: Kosher food sales up to $200 billion

| 27/04/2009 | Reply
US: Kosher food sales up to $200 billion
Sales of kosher foods through grocery stores has risen to over $200 billion in 2008.
The
increase is from about $150 billion in 2003, showing yearly growth rate
twice that of the overall food market, according to Packaged Facts’ new
study, “Market Trend: Kosher-and Halal-Certified Foods in the US.”

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Saudi-Phillipine food production joint ventures in the cards

| 27/04/2009 | Reply
Saudi-Phillipine food production joint ventures in the cards

Saudi Arabia’s desire to secure its sources of food for its
citizens by establishing overseas joint ventures in food production has
received a positive response from a Philippine trade delegation.

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Turkey plans to start Halal Certification to gain market share

| 27/04/2009 | Reply
Turkey plans to start Halal Certification to gain market share

The
Food Auditing and Certification Research Association (G?MDES) will for
the first time in Turkey soon begin issuing halal food certificates,
bringing the country one step closer to winning a share from the giant
global market for halal food — food prepared in accordance with
Islamic law, which has reached $2 trillion in size.

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Philippines push ‘halal tourism’ to attract Middle East visitors

| 27/04/2009 | Reply
Philippines push ‘halal tourism’ to attract Middle East visitors

In
the spirit of President Arroyo’s Memorandum Order No. 201 to upgrade
the country’s halal industry, the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) headed
by Executive Director Datu Ali B. Sangki and the Department of Tourism
(DoT) have joined hands in promoting “halal tourism” to attract Muslim
visitors from the Middle East and other countries.

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Search for a new growth model

| 26/04/2009 | Reply
Search for a new growth model

“NEVER
waste a crisis” has become an increasingly popular line among political
and business leaders these days as the world continues to battle one of
the toughest economic challenges that most of us have ever experienced.

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Spotlighting Europe’s Muslim consumers

| 25/04/2009 | Reply
Spotlighting Europe’s Muslim consumers

Islam
is the religion of a vast and growing number of consumers around the
world. There is strong evidence to suggest that religious affiliation
plays a significant role in consumer behaviour. As sources like the
Journal of Euromarketing point out, enhanced knowledge of religious
differences in consumer decision-making can have a marked impact on the
effectiveness of global marketing strategies.

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