ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM WA RAHMATULLAH Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam.
As the blessed month of Ramadan approaches, IFANCA takes this opportunity to welcome the month and wish everyone a Blessed Ramadan. May your fasting and deeds be accepted and your faith strenghtened.
California Garden® For The Halal Market
California Garden® (www.californiagarden.com) a Dubai based company, began with sales of three products: canned peaches, canned fruit cocktails and canned corn. Over the next 25 years, their markets expanded throughout the Middle East and Asia. Fava beans, canned in sauces suited to local tastes, were to become their lead product. Gulf Food Industries, the parent company of California Garden, received halal certification for many of its products in 2004, to capture the growing trend of halal being seen as wholesome and healthy. Today, California Garden products are sold in over 20 countries around the world. The company manufactures its own cans with white lacquer, to ensure long lasting flavor and to keep their cans rust free.
Here is a sample recipe for your next gathering!
Mediterranean Seven-Layer Bean Dip
2 (15oz) cans black beans, drained
1 (9oz) can Hungry Sultan Fava Bean Dip
1 (9oz) can Hungry Sultan Hummus Dip
1 (2 1/4oz) can sliced ripe olives, drained
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup nonfat, halal sour cream
1/2 cup prepared guacamole
1 cup prepared salsa
1 (7oz) bag baked tortilla chips
In an 8 inch round pyrex or other dish, cover bottom of dish with black beans. Layer all remaining ingredients except tortilla chips over black beans in the order listed above. Serve immediately with tortilla chips or cover and refrigerate for use later.
GCC Standardization Organization and World Halal Council to hold a Halal Food Conference and Meeting in Dubai
A Halal Food Conference is being organized by the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization on October 29–30 this year, in the beautiful modern city of Dubai. The conference will be co-organized by the World Halal Council (WHC), a membership based organization comprising halal certifiers worldwide. The Annual General Meeting of WHC is also planned right after the conference, from October 31 to November 2, 2007. Industry professionals, government officials, academicians, students, halal certifiers, researchers, and all other stake holders are invited to attend the conference. For further information contact email@example.com.
Authentic Tasting Halal Bases, Gravies And Sauces From Custom CulinaryTM
IFANCA halal-certified Custom Culinary products aim to whet appetites with authentic flavors and quality ingredients. Created by expert chefs and supplied to food service professionals, their bases, gravies and sauces could very well be the ingredients in your favorite entrée at your local restaurant. Their IFANCA halal-certified product line includes:
Custom CulinaryTM Gold Label Bases use real meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables to give signature dishes their authentic flavor. Only Custom CulinaryTM offers the widest range of made-from-scratch flavors that give culinary professionals a wide range of menu possibilities.
Custom CulinaryTM also offersan array of healthy offerings including low sodium, no added MSG, vegan and vegetarian products.
JAKIM Organizes Halal Certification Management Dialogue
In conjunction with the International Al-Quran Reciters Assembly, JABATAN KEMAJUAN ISLAM MALAYSIA or Malaysian Department of Islamic Development, commonly known as JAKIM, conducted a dialogue on Halal Certification Management, on 22nd - 23rd of August 2007. Two dozen representatives from 14 halal certifying organizations in 10 countries participated. From USA, IFANCA was represented by Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, along with Mr. Abdol Hajir of Maryland-based Halal Food Council SEA, and M/s Paul Habhab and Riad Jamal from Iowa-based Islamic Services of America. Besides halal certifiers, the meeting was attended by over 60 delegates from various Malaysian government departments and others. Dr. Mohamed Sadek represented the Islamic Food Council of Europe, an affiliate organization of IFANCA.
The two day meeting was designed to cover MALAYSIAN PROTOCOL FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HALAL MEAT. Tuan Hj. Zainal Abidin Jaffar, Director of Halal Hub Division, the lead speaker, made a comprehensive presentation about the theme of the meeting. A wide range of topics came under discussion, including slaughter & stunning of animals, segregation during production & transport, GMO foods, gelatin, animal feed, as well as medicine & vaccines. The meeting was conducted in a highly professional manner in an open forum style, giving the attendees ample time to participate in the dialogue. The organizers kept the discussions focused and inline with the practices from the perspectives of Shariah or Islamic jurisprudence.
Director Zainal announced that JAKIM will be the permanent secretariat for future dialogues, with some of the actual meetings held in other countries. In his closing remarks, representing the Honorable Minister Dato' Dr. Abdullah Md. Zin, The Director General JAKIM, Honorable Dato' Wan Muhamed Aziz, reiterated the Malaysian government’s support of global halal initiatives and issues leading towards making Malaysia a truly halal Hub.
The attendees to the Dialogue also witnessed an awards ceremony for the reciters of the Quran, at the International Al-Quran Reciters Assembly, where reciters from over 40 Muslim and non-Muslim countries participated in the competition.
The Food Export Association of the Midwest USA Hosts
Focused One-On-One Meetings with Buyers from the Middle East
November 9-14, 2007, in Dubai & Kuwait
Trade Missions are an excellent opportunity to travel internationally, learn more about your product's export potential and build relationships with interested key importers from the Middle East. The six participants in the September 2006 Trade Mission reported $375,000 in actual sales being made at the show, and projected $1.2 million in future sales. Participating companies ranked the mission 4.75 out of 5 in terms of cost/benefit, and 59 new contacts were made with buyers and nine new distributorships were established.
Products of Interest: Nearly every major U.S. agricultural sector can benefit from the growth in this market in such sectors as: • Grocery products • Meat and dairy • Seafood • Pet foods • Foodservice and retail • Ice cream • Snack foods • Condiments • Candies • Honey •
Both Segments of this trade mission include:
In-market seminar on the Middle East markets and label regulations
Guaranteed one-on-one meetings with key buyers, importers and distributors and a table-top product showcase for potential customers
Import analysis and a competitive store check for one product in one country
Targeted invitation of qualified buyers
Matchmaker introductions with qualified Middle Eastern buyers who have expressed interest in your products
Inclusion in the Trade Mission promotional brochure
On site show assistance by local contractor
Guided tours of local industry – see the opportunities first-hand