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D-8 countries urge innovative cooperation to meet global challenges

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
D-8 countries urge innovative cooperation to meet global challenges

The Summit which was attended by the heads of states and government of D-8
countries ended with the joint note of enhancing cooperation in areas including
current global food shortage, global warming, labour migration, Islamic banking
and finance, and the strengthening of global halal industry.

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Indonesia bans New Zealand beef imports

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Indonesia bans New Zealand beef imports

Indonesia has temporarily
banned imports of beef products from New Zealand due to halal
certification issues, a senior agriculture ministry official
said on Tuesday.

We will find more and more emphasis being put on labelling in the Muslim countries who are importing their Halal products. Halal exporters will have to keep on their toes. This has already become law in the UAE as well, but with Arabic as the second language on the label.

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Recent advances pave way for fish gelatine for food

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Recent advances pave way for fish gelatine for food

Increasing
demand for gelatine, coupled with consumer concerns over the mammalian
variety, may open the door for fish gelatine to fill the gap for food
formulators, says a new review.

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ICNA Convention – the Power of the Halal Market

| 06/07/2008 | Reply
ICNA Convention – the Power of the Halal Market

Due to popular demand, the slides from Hajj Abdalhamid’s 1-hour presentation on The Power of the Halal Market – an American Perspective – at the ICNA Convention in Hartford Connecticut on 5th July are now available for download here.

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Brunei Invited To Join Global Zakat Body

| 06/07/2008 | Reply
Brunei Invited To Join Global Zakat Body

Malaysia
yesterday extended an invitation to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang
Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to become a joint founder of the
International Zakat Organisation.

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EU proposal threatens halal foods

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
EU proposal threatens halal foods

This is a must-read. The proposed reversal of the animal by-product ban for animal feeds is a clear example of putting the health of the economy over the health of the people. Not only is this of concern to the Muslims – none of us want to eat carnivorous cows – but this is of concern to everyone, and it is an issue in which the Muslims should take on on everyones behalf, not just for the Ummah.

This is for a matter for Bani Adam, so let the Muslims play an appropriate role. “Oh Mankind, eat what is lawful and wholesome on the earth…”

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Thai university, IPB to share information on halal food production

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
Thai university, IPB to share information on halal food production

Thailand`s Chulalongkorn University has reached
an agreement with the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) in Bogor,
West Java, to share information on halal food production. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cooperation was signed here
Thursday by the director of Cuulalangkorn University`s Halal Science
Center, Dr Winai Dahlan, and IPB Deputy Rector for Research and
Cooperation, Dr Anas Miftah Fauzi.

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Islamic Relief Worldwide Appoints Hadhari Cattle For Deboning Sacrificial Meat

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
Islamic Relief Worldwide Appoints Hadhari Cattle For Deboning Sacrificial Meat

Islamic Relief Worldwide, the implementing agency
appointed for distribution of sacrificial meat appointed by the
Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB), has named a local company
– Hadhari Cattle Industry Sdn Bhd (Hadhari Cattle) – to debone
slaughtered sheep.

This is a good example of a sharp entrepreneurial initiative from Hadhari’s deputy President Dr Abdul Rashid Tan. It makes you reflect on what might happen if more of Malaysia’s Chinese community accepted Islam…maybe the ‘Halal Hub’ dream might be a bit more realistic.

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Landmark to Launch 10 Shariah-Compliant Hotels by 2010

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
Landmark to Launch 10 Shariah-Compliant Hotels by 2010

Landmark Hotel Management LLC has announced that it will be launching 10 world-class Shariah-compliant hotels and serviced apartments in the UAE and KSA by the end of 2010.
The move is in line with the company’s strategy to cater to the
increasing demand for Shariah-compliant projects in the Middle East.

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OIC To Submit Final Draft On Halal Standardisation, Accreditation And Certification In 2009

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
OIC To Submit Final Draft On Halal Standardisation, Accreditation And Certification In 2009

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will submit
the final draft of the proposed common international halal
standardisation, accreditation and certification to its members during
the Tenth OIC Standardisation Experts’ Group Meeting in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia in February 2009.

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Dh300m meat processing plant to be set up in Al Ain

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
Dh300m meat processing plant to be set up in Al Ain

The retail
major Emke Group is establishing the joint venture project in
collaboration with Denmark’s Rose Poultry, to be located at the Al Ain
Industrial City. Once completed, the project will have an initial
manufacturing capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes per annum, in the first
phase with scope for further enhancement in the second phase.

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HDC To Meet Government Officials On Halal Industry During D-8 Summit

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
HDC To Meet Government Officials On Halal Industry During D-8 Summit

Bangladesh and Indonesia are
keen to leverage on Malaysia’s expertise in developing halal standards
and experience in the industry to develop the industries in their
countries.

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Saudi Tourism Strategy Takes Shape

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
Saudi Tourism Strategy Takes Shape

Looks like Saudi Arabia is also looking to diversify into tourism. It will be interesting to see what this means and how they develop Halal tourism in their country. Separate facilities for men and women? They could be very successful in this new developing niche market.

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The Year of Faith Tourism 2009

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
The Year of Faith Tourism 2009

Well did you know that 2009 is The Year of Faith Tourism? Now you do. Wonder if the new Halal and Islamic travel and tourism companies will be taking advantage of this? “All sectors of society are encouraged to become actively involved including the media, governments, travel providers/suppliers, faith communities, and individuals.” Apparently faith based travel, tourism and hospitality is an $18 billion industry! Time to launch a few Halal hotels and Halal tour packages.

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Philippines Halal Promotion Efforts Recognized in Malaysia

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
Philippines Halal Promotion Efforts Recognized in Malaysia

Philippines is working on Halal in their country in many different ways and traveling to increase their awareness of how the Halal market is developing as this article shows. I would recommend their next stop be the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei 16-17 August for yet another way of looking at this developing market.
With speakers like Mr Rohit Talwar speaking on The Future of Islamic Tourism & the Halal Hospitality Business, and Mr Saleh Lootah of Al Islami Foods, Dubai, talking about branding Halal, how can anyone involved in Halal business afford to miss it!

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New Yorks Fancy Food Show Concludes On A satisfactory Note For Malaysian Exhibitors

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
New Yorks Fancy Food Show Concludes On A satisfactory Note For Malaysian Exhibitors

Interesting to read how Malaysian companies did when they came to New York for the Fancy Food Show. As interest in Halal Food grows in America hopefully so will the market for Malaysian companies that have Halal certification.

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HDC has issued Halal Certificates for 38 Thai Products So Far

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
HDC has issued Halal Certificates for 38 Thai Products So Far

The Halal Development Corporation (HDC) has issued a total of 38 halal
certificates to products from Thailand’s multinational companies since
its establishment in September 2006.

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Sabah Gov’t Welcomes Creation Of Mindanao Halal Forum

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Sabah Gov’t Welcomes Creation Of Mindanao Halal Forum

Sabah Assistant Minister of Industrial Development, Jainab
Ahmad, has welcomed the establishment of a Mindanao Halal Forum within
the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East Asean Growth Area
(BIMP-EAGA).

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Effective strategies to capture $1.2T global halal market

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Effective strategies to capture $1.2T global halal market

FOOD producers and exporters were advised to
implement correct marketing strategies in order to capture a share of
the huge global halal trade estimated between $580 billion to $1.2
trillion at a recent National Halal Conference in the Philippines.
To effectively capture the halal markets, they were told they must understand the Muslim consumers’ religious
needs and behavior, food purchase and consumption pattern.


This shows once again the Halal consumer has the potential to influence the way this market moves. Halal Consumers need to know they have a say in the quality and quantity of Halal products on the shelf.

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Risks and Rewards: the Halal Market

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Risks and Rewards: the Halal Market

This is a long and well researched article on the Halal market today. The writer has looked into the different aspects of the Halal industry starting from Halal certification onto Halal consumers, traceability, to showing a success story with US company Crescent Halal’s road to success through producing 100% high quality Halal chicken products, to inspire food processors in Europe and the US to enter the Halal market.The President of Crescent Halal, Mr Ahmad Adam, will be speaking at the International Halal Market Conference in Brunei Darussalam 16-17 August, specifically to give valuable information on how to Achieve Excellence in Halal Production and distribution.

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