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HDC Aims To Penetrate Deeper Into International Markets

| 29/10/2008 | Reply
HDC Aims To Penetrate Deeper Into International Markets

KUALA LUMPUR,  The Halal Industry
Development Corporation (HDC) aims to penetrate deeper into
international markets, especially the United States, Europe and Japan.

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Matrade Bags IDB’s Islamic Solidarity Prize

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
Matrade Bags IDB’s Islamic Solidarity Prize

Malaysia External Trade
Development Corporation (Matrade) has been awarded the Islamic
Development Banks (IDB) Islamic Solidarity Prize for its efforts in
promoting trade among Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
member nations.

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United Airlines’ inaugural flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai begins Sunday

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
United Airlines’ inaugural flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai begins Sunday

CHICAGO, IL – United Airlines launches the first-ever nonstop service
on Sunday, October 26 between Washington, D.C., and Dubai. With the
inaugural flight, United becomes the only carrier to offer daily
nonstop service between these important centers of government and
commerce.

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Hong Kong hospitals cook up first halal meals

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
Hong Kong hospitals cook up first halal meals

Halal meals, prepared according to strict Islamic
guidelines, are being served to Hong Kong Muslims in some public
hospitals for the first time, a media report said Saturday.

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Introducing Brunei to foreign investors

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
Introducing Brunei to foreign investors

The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) Brunei yesterday held “Business Investment Seminar and
Business Networking” at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Nanning, China to
promote business and investment opportunities in tourism, agribusiness, halal industry, and information and
communication technology (ICT) among foreign investors.

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The Dubai Mall to host first Waitrose store in the Middle East

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
The Dubai Mall to host first Waitrose store in the Middle East

Waitrose goes Halal for its new store in the Dubai Mall.

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Govt Sets New Standard For Halal Products

| 25/10/2008 | Reply
Govt Sets New Standard For Halal Products

KUALA LUMPUR,  The government
continues to take on a proactive approach to meet demands from Muslim
consumers by setting a new Standard for Cosmetic and Personal Care – General Guidelines, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

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Asian entrepreneur warns: "Tesco, watch out!"

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Asian entrepreneur warns: "Tesco, watch out!"

Khalid Hussain is the boss of the UK’s biggest chain of Asian
supermarkets. Earlier this year, he opened a megastore in one of the
most deprived areas of Birmingham, England. No wonder the Big Four supermarkets
are sitting up and taking notice.

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Halal advocacy activities slated in Zamboanga City

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Halal advocacy activities slated in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City —
As part of its advocacy campaign for Muslim consumers following the
holy month of Ramadhan in September, the Department of Trade and
Industry will be conducting a series of halal advocacy activities in
Zamboanga City, Phillipines from October 20 to 23, 2008.

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Halal food standards discussed in Lahore at UVAS

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Halal food standards discussed in Lahore at UVAS

THE 6th meeting of the Pakistan Standard and Quality
Control Authority (PSQCA) Technical Committee on Halal Food Standards
was held at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on
Monday. The university has developed linkages with the
Halal Products Research Institute of the University Putra, Malaysia,
and National Halal Products Lab, Birmingham, UK.

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Canadian High Commissioner meets TDAP chief

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Canadian High Commissioner meets TDAP chief

Canadian High Commissioner held a meeting with chief
executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
on Friday and discussed potential for investment in processed
food and mining. Pakistan has abundant raw material for food processing and
needs investment to increase its export share in world’s Halal food market.

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Workshop on Syariah law and halal certification ends

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Workshop on Syariah law and halal certification ends

The workshop on Syariah rules and law, and the execution of halal certification and halal brand of 2005 in Brunei Darussalem
ended yesterday with a closing ceremony and certificate presentation. In his speech, the guest of honour urged the 266 participants from various sectors of the government to use the knowledge accordingly and
as a guideline for proper execution of their duties.

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Muslim food industry in China vows to ensure food safety

| 14/10/2008 | Reply
Muslim food industry in China vows to ensure food safety

XINING, (Xinhua) — Muslim food business
leaders in China are pledging product safety and vowing to follow their
religious teachings in food production. 200 Muslim food business leaders made that
declaration while attending an ongoing international trade fair in the
northwest Chinese city of Xining.

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Iran Halal Food expo slated for Feb. ’09

| 14/10/2008 | Reply
Iran Halal Food expo slated for Feb. ’09

Iran plans to hold its first
International Exhibition of Halal Food in February 2009, Iranian
Ambassador to China Javad Mansoori said in Beijing on Saturday.

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Australian Halal brand goes global

| 11/10/2008 | Reply
Australian Halal brand goes global

The
unique Halal brand that was developed last year by Meat & Livestock
Australia for use in the Middle East red meat market has now gone
global.The brand, which supports the majority of Australian-produced
Halal red meat sold in the Middle East, is now set to appear with
Australian red meat sold in Islamic countries around the world.

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Cappoquin’s new owners to focus on halal market

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Cappoquin’s new owners to focus on halal market

Ireland: The new owners of Cappoquin Chickens are expected to focus production on the halal market. The
owners of Derby Poultry, Perwiaz Latif and Zahid Hussain, who bought
the Co Waterford company last week, are already involved in producing
meats for the UK Muslim market.

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Local brands making waves at home, abroad

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Local brands making waves at home, abroad

This is a great example of how a company had to become successful overseas first in order to get recognition in its own country of manufacture. Sometimes failure might come not because you have not got the product right, but because you were not selling it to the right market for it to succeed.

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Islamic Funds

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Islamic Funds

With all sorts of ethically ‘challenged’ companies
deliberately screened out, it comes as no surprise to learn that some
non-Muslim socially-responsible (SRI) investors have started taking
these funds seriously. Many Christian investors, for example, would
probably share many, if not most, of the same ethical views as Islamic
investors.

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Islamic Group Gains Power in Indonesia

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Islamic Group Gains Power in Indonesia

This article from the New York Times is about MUI, which is the quasi-governmental body of Muslim scholars who are the sole authority to issue Halal certification in Indonesia. What it shows is, certification is only a very small part of the work that they do, and definitely not where they get their funding from.

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Philippines keen on UAE investments

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Philippines keen on UAE investments

Dubai:
Ahead of the 5th Association of South East Asian Nations Finance
Ministers Investor Seminar in Dubai, Margarito B. Teves, Finance
Secretary of the Philippines, spoke to Gulf News about the potential for joint investment initiatives between the UAE and the Philippines.

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