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Jury still out on Brunei’s Halal Brand

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Jury still out on Brunei’s Halal Brand

At the opening of the third Brunei Halal Products Expo 2008, a number of exhibitors taking part said that
having the Brunei Premium Halal label is certainly an added value for customers, as the strict, stringent and
high level of quality hygienic procedures for the acquisition of the Brunei Premium Halal Brand ensures both
the particular product’s halalness and cleanliness in the highest possible order.

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Corp to introduce halal inventory financing year end

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Corp to introduce halal inventory financing year end

The Malaysian Halal Industry Development
Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC), will introduce halal inventory financing to
assist industry players. According to its chief executive
officer, Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin, the HDC had already finalised the
financing structure and it was expected to be launched by the end of
the year.

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RP seeks foreign investors halal food industry in Mindanao

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
RP seeks foreign investors halal food industry in Mindanao

The Department of Agriculture is looking for foreign investors to put
in P3.04 billion in a halal industry based in Mindanao, Philippines that will create
thousands of jobs and corner a share in the $500 billion global halal
food market.

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Kuwait confirms halal investment in South; Kuwaiti-Thai MOU signed

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Kuwait confirms halal investment in South; Kuwaiti-Thai MOU signed

Kuwait affirmed its interest in launching
the halal food industry in Thailand’s southernmost region and also
pledged to provide jobs for some 3,000 more workers from this country
to be employed in the Middle East state.

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3rd Int’l Halal Products Expo set for curtains-up

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
3rd Int’l Halal Products Expo set for curtains-up

The 3rd International Halal Products Expo (IHPE) was launched by the Sultan of Brunei. Accompanying His Majesty were
HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and HRH Prince Mohamed
Bolkiah and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, at the ICC in
Berakas. Then they did a tour of the expo displaying a range of halal and syariah-compliant products and services from the sultanate and the
world from foodstuff to textiles and hair dyes. The event is jointly organised by the Ministry of Industry and Primary resources, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Ministry
of Health.

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Brunei To Set Up Company To Manage Halal Brand

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei To Set Up Company To Manage Halal Brand

The Brunei government is
setting up a company to oversee the development of a halal brand in
line with its move to be one of the major players of the halal brand
globally.

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Brunei Halal Product Academy In Pipeline

| 14/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei Halal Product Academy In Pipeline

Brunei’s 3rd International Halal Market Conference on 16-17 August will discuss the formation of a Halal Product Academy under the patronage of the Brunei Government. Such an institution will bring together Shariah scholars, scientists and Halal industry experts to collaborate on current and future issues in the Halal industry. Imarat Consultants MD, Abdalhamid Evans, was interviewed in Brunei recently about the IHMC and Brunei future in the Halal sector.

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Networking at Halal Product Expo

| 13/08/2008 | Reply
Networking at Halal Product Expo
The International Halal Products Expo from August 14 -17 in Berakas will be the best platform for Bruneian firms to
set up business ties with foreign countries especially in promoting and marketing halal products.

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Al Islami Cart awarded SGS Certification for Best Food Safety Practices

| 12/08/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Cart awarded SGS Certification for Best Food Safety Practices

Al Islami Foods, Dubai, a pioneer in the halal food industry, has been awarded
an SGS Cerfification for Best Food Safety and Hygience Practices
recognizing the company’s superior quality standards, best practices
and procedures established at Al Islami Cart project, a food franchise
model.


Mr Saleh Lootah, CEO, Al Islami Foods will be speaking at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei Darussalem on the 16-17 August 2008.

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Halal food drive starts

| 12/08/2008 | Reply
Halal food drive starts

Thailand has created a Halal
Food Services Standard for Tourism, developed by the Tourism Authority
of Thailand and the Halal Standard Institute of Thailand. What a clever plan! Restaurants are queued up in Malaysia trying to get Halal certification, and in the end most do not bother. This might be a more interesting approach to it.

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US$2.1 trillion halal market waiting to be tapped

| 12/08/2008 | Reply
US$2.1 trillion halal market waiting to be tapped

Halal
Industry Development Corporation (HDC) managing director and chief
executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin said in this article
a big chunk of the local and global halal products and services
market is still waiting to be tapped by Malaysian SMEs. This is not just by Malaysian SMEs but by companies around the world large and small! It is time to start building some real figures for Halal with some major investment into it rather the than repeating potential billions and trillions figures.

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IHPExpo 2008 sees over 200 participants

| 11/08/2008 | Reply
IHPExpo 2008 sees over 200 participants

The IHPExpo Brunei has confirmed participation of over 200 exhibitors, with 260 booths divided into two – one at
the Plenary hall and the other at the multi-purpose’s. The opening ceremony will be held on August 14 by His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei
Darussalam. The expo opens from 10am to 10pm, except on the opening day, when it will open at 8.30 for the arrival of
His Majesty. It ends on August 17.

Also held at the same International Conference Centre venue in Brunei will be the International Halal Market Conference on August 16-17. There will be speakers from USA, Canada, England, Europe, Malaysia and Brunei who are top consultants in their fields working with the international Halal industry.

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Halal Logo Hopes To Generate Trust

| 11/08/2008 | Reply
Halal Logo Hopes To Generate Trust

Brunei’s
Halal logo is hoped to

Hyperlinkgenerate trust on Brunei’s Halal products in
Southeast Asian and international markets
said the
Director of Agriculture from the Ministry of Industries and Primary
Resources, Hjh Normah Suria Hayati PJDSM Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Jamil
Al-Sufri during an interview on the 3rd International Halal Expo 14-17 August 2008,

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Pro-India Trade Policy – II

| 11/08/2008 | Reply
Pro-India Trade Policy – II

Pakistan has finally decided
to establish a halal certification board, under the Ministry of Science
and Technology, to devise and enforce halal standards and certification
mechanism for export of halal food products. It is no longer good enough to say because your are a Muslim country things can be assumed to be Halal, especially for export and import purposes. It is interesting to note the ministry they have used for this purpose rather than Religious Affairs as is done in other countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

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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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Sponsors ink deal for IHPE 2008

| 10/08/2008 | Reply
Sponsors ink deal for IHPE 2008

A mock cheque worth $120,000 from the Diamond Sponsor, Brunei Shell Petroleum, was handed over to the
Co-Chairman of 3rd International Halal Product Expo (IHPE) 2008, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj
Mohd Jaafar, Permanent Secretary of MIPR and guest of honour at the cheque presentation yesterday at
the Setia Pahlawan Hall of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. Brunei Economic Development Board passed over its sponsorship cheque worth $20,000 for the International Halal Market Conference 2008 (IHMC) at the same event.

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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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PIHB To Set Up 40 Halal Hub Complexes Nationwide By 2010

| 08/08/2008 | Reply
PIHB To Set Up 40 Halal Hub Complexes Nationwide By 2010

Perbadanan Industri Halal Bhd (PIHB)
targets to set up 40 halal hub complexes nationwide by 2010, said its
chairman Datuk Dr Abdullah Md Zin. He said the complexes would offer various products like daily necessities, healthcare, cosmetics and medicines under one roof.


The Halal supermarket is an idea that has been raised at various times, now let’s see if it is possible to stock the shelves and keep them full with Halal certified products.

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