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Halal Expo 2008 Post Show Report

| 19/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Expo 2008 Post Show Report

Halal Expo 2008 has given their post show report with a statement that
more than USD 11 million worth of deals were closed during the event.
$5m of these deals were done by an Australian meat exporter and $4m by
a new ‘Halal’ champagne.

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GCC to recognise Singapore Halal Certification

| 16/12/2008 | Reply
GCC to recognise Singapore Halal Certification

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
signed in Doha Monday the free trade agreement with GCC members, a
grouping comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates.

The
GSFTA is a comprehensive agreement that encompasses trade in goods,
services, government procurement and other aspects. The cooperation
chapter as mentioned in the agreement will also encourage and
facilitate bilateral cooperation in several areas, including
recognition of the Halal certification of Singapore’s Majlis Ugama
Islam Singapura (MUIS).

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The Latest Twist in the Story of Ethical Meat

| 16/12/2008 | Reply
The Latest Twist in the Story of Ethical Meat

When
Maple Leaf Foods announced that listeria had infected its processing
plant on Sheppard Avenue, people purged their fridges and freezers, and
vowed never to eat mass-produced bologna again. Sales of cold cuts
plummeted across Canada. But not at Blossom­Pure, a small retail
and wholesale business in Mississauga, Ontario where sales remained strong. The
store’s owner, Fahim Alwan, fielded calls from prospective customers
anxious to know the provenance of his salami.

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Dirs800m Worth of Halal Food Products Exported from Iran

| 15/12/2008 | Reply
Dirs800m Worth of Halal Food Products Exported from Iran

Some dlrs 800 million worth of halal food products were exported
abroad from the Islamic Republic of Iran during March 2007-March 2008
period, an official said. Head of Iran’s Food Industries Union, Mohammad Hosseini, said
that over 150 companies are active in producing Halal food products
across the country. Hosseini also referred to the first International Halal Food Exhibition to be held in Tehran in February 2009.

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Brunei Prepared To Weather Financial Storm

| 13/12/2008 | Reply
Brunei Prepared To Weather Financial Storm

Paulius Kuncina, the Regional
Editor at Oxford Business Group, comments on the long-term outlook for Brunei, during a press conference
after a launching ceremony of ‘The Report: Brunei Darussalam
2008″

“We already have an advanced
economic agenda in new economy areas such as downstream oil and gas,
transport, halal food products, tourism and Islamic finance. The
most promising of these are Sungai Liang Industrial Park and Pulau
Muara Besar projects that create clusters of economic activity and
have significant spin-off potential as well strong backing from
local authorities.”

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Holidays bring increased demand for goat meat

| 13/12/2008 | Reply
Holidays bring increased demand for goat meat

As the holiday season hits full swing, immigrants are flocking to
butcher shops, meatpacking plants and farms for the food they crave:
goat. Muslims
who marked the three-day Eid al-Adha festival that ended Wednesday
divided goat carcasses into portions of three—honoring the idea of
sacrifice by feeding the poor as well as cooking up the sweetly pungent
meat for their families.

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Kraft looking at the Halal market?

| 12/12/2008 | Reply
Kraft looking at the Halal market?

An interesting interview with Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld that includes a few clues about how Kraft is planning to get into the Halal market. Like many of the majors, Kraft is becoming increasingly aware of the value of the Halal market. Even in Muslim-minority countries like Canada and the USA, the Halal sector still represents multi-billion dollar markets, and in hard times, these previously unnoticed consumer segments are starting to get noticed.

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Halal Promotion Stepped Up

| 10/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Promotion Stepped Up

Consumers in two key
cities in Central Mindanao have been organized in line with efforts to
promote halal food and non-food products in the region poising to lead
the country’s scientific halal certification process.

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‘Halal’ vitamins to be launched at Arab Health

| 10/12/2008 | Reply
‘Halal’ vitamins to be launched at Arab Health

A
unique range of vitamin and mineral supplements, which have been
specially approved by the Halal Food Authority in the UK, will be launched at
Arab Health 2009, a premier healthcare event in the Middle East.

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Two firms to start ops in Penang’s Halal Industrial Park next year

| 08/12/2008 | Reply
Two firms to start ops in Penang’s Halal Industrial Park next year

Two Malaysian companies who produce Halal medical products will become the
first companies to start operations at the Penang Halal Industrial Park
next year.

Chief
Minister Lim Guan Eng said that Halagel (M) Sdn Bhd, producer of Halal
gelatine for pharmacies, and GranuLab (M) Sdn Bhd, a producer of
synthetic bone graft material, had agreed to build their factories in
the park which is located in Bukit Minyak, Seberang Perai.

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Country will exceed Rs22bn export target: TDAP

| 08/12/2008 | Reply
Country will exceed Rs22bn export target: TDAP

Pakistan has all the raw ingredients necessary to become a leader in producing Halal food, but it seems they do not have the ability to process these ingredients. Where you think they would be a leader in production of Halal foods being an ‘Islamic country’, they have not even stepped into the market.

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Malaysia Has Big Potential To Be Global Halal Product Manufacturer

| 08/12/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Has Big Potential To Be Global Halal Product Manufacturer

Malaysia has big potential to be halal
product manufacturer following the global recognition, especially from
Islamic countries, International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday.

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Ex-slaughterman’s action threatens meat industry

| 07/12/2008 | Reply
Ex-slaughterman’s action threatens meat industry

Meat
Industry Association members said they were contacted by the Security
Intelligence Service (SIS) this week after Ahmed Ghanem, an
Egyptian-born halal slaughterman now living in Christchurch, published
articles on a British website decrying New Zealand slaughter methods as
inhumane and contrary to Islamic practice.

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Halal Tourism Gaining Popularity ?in Middle East

| 07/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Tourism Gaining Popularity ?in Middle East

DUBAI — A fresh concept in exhibitions and travel — Halal Tourism — is gaining ground in the region.

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When halal is not enough – Demand for organic all-natural meat among American Muslims increases

| 07/12/2008 | Reply
When halal is not enough – Demand for organic all-natural meat among American Muslims increases

Finding
halal meat has always been a challenge for Muslims in America, though
many larger communities now boast stores and companies catering to
Islamic dietary regulations.
But with rising
awareness of the nature of food production – particularly meat
production – in the giant farms and factories that supply America’s
grocery stores, some Muslims are coming to an understanding that simply
halal, or zabiha meat, is not enough.

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Crescent Halal Chicken Lands On Wal-Mart Shelves

| 06/12/2008 | Reply
Crescent Halal Chicken Lands On Wal-Mart Shelves

Crescent Foods, the Chicago-based Halal chicken producer, recently
sealed a deal to supply Halal chicken products to Wal-Mart, the world’s
biggest retail chain. In a move that reflects the growing demand for
Halal products, five Wal-Mart superstores in the Michigan area now
stock a range of Crescent chicken products. This is further evidence that Halal is really moving into the mainstream.

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Kraft CEO Talk Crisis, Food Industry

| 06/12/2008 | Reply
Kraft CEO Talk Crisis, Food Industry

Now this is how to get Halal on the menu:
‘Rosenfeld explained the extent to which Kraft supports new ideas
brought forward by employees. She mentioned one employee in particular,
a practicing Muslim who drew up a business plan to show how halal
products would be a viable option for Kraft. Now, she said, Kraft will
be coming out with such a line.

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Kosher meat shortage persists

| 05/12/2008 | Reply
Kosher meat shortage persists

Here is another article on the shortage of kosher meat in the US. This will also affect the Muslims who are 16% of the Kosher consumers because of the absence of Halal in their areas. Perhaps it will help to increase the Halal meat business, and show Halal suppliers an opportunity, to serve these Muslims who have turned to Kosher for their meat.

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Summit Industrial Products earns ISO 21469 certification

| 05/12/2008 | Reply
Summit Industrial Products earns ISO 21469 certification

This article on a company that produces lubricants for equipment in the food industry, and also for cosmetic and pharmaceutical production is, once again, showing that Halal certification comes in at many different stages of manufacturing that people do not realise.

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Halal certification for restaurants

| 05/12/2008 | Reply
Halal certification for restaurants

Entrepreneurs in the restaurant business in Brunei will now be able to obtain the ‘halal’ certification from the Halal
Food Control Division and Syariah Affairs at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

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