The Brand New Halal Market is ‘Turkey’ Boasting 70 Million Muslims.

HalalistExpo is the first and unique halal industry trade show in Turkey. Halal showcase is going to be held in Istanbul August 13th-16th, 2009. Around 30.000 visitors are expected to attend the trade show in which 150 domestic and international companies will be exhibiting new global halal market opportunities.

‘Halal’ means lawful or permitted for the muslim world. Halal is a universal term that apply to all facets of life. However, we will use these terms only in relation to food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care products, food ingredients and food contact materials. Many reports on the Halal market focus on meat, but products sold under the Halal label cover virtually every agri-alimentary products plus non-food products such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, textiles and beverages.

World halal industry is growing day by day and the numbers show that World Halal Market is over $2.1 trillion. The Turkish Halal Market  has been labeled as ‘one of the biggest potential markets for the halal industry’ by global halal authorities. In recent years, global key players of the halal industry have been increasing their imports to Turkey. Turkish companies are well known and experienced on exporting and importing to Middle Eastern and European countries. Due to this characteristic Turkey is regularly choosen as a regional headquarter by global multinational companies.

Turkey has a population of 72 million and 98% of the population is Muslim. In recent years, numbers of the Turkish Halal Market are increasing. Turkey imports all varieties of halal products such as food products, beverages, machinery, textiles, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics from all over the world. Turkey imports over $200 billion of goods every year.  As a result, global companies are looking for an opportunity to enter the Turkish halal market. In spite of those growing numbers, Turkey does not have an offical halal certificate organization therefore the Turkish market is wide open to international exporters.

‘ Our goal is to turn HalalistExpo into the most important meeting point for the halal industry. ‘ says Suer Ay, managing partner of the Atilim Fairs. More information can be obtained from, a web site prepared for the trade show which includes detailed information about the event.