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.
Since they were introduced in 2009, more than 10 billion PlantBottles have been used in 20 countries worldwide. H.J. Heinz Co. plans to switch to the PlantBottle for all its 20-oz. ketchup bottles. Recognizing the opportunity, Wisconsin-based Virent, Colorado based Gevo and Amsterdam's Avantium are biotech companies that are gearing to develop 'the next-generation' PlantBottle by 2015, i.e. bottles made 100% from plants, for global commercial use. In December 2011, IFANCA client Coca-Cola announced a multi-million dollar partnership agreement to invest in these three companies. While 100% recyclable, Coke's current PlantBottle is only 30 percent plant-derived.
According to a media release, the biotech companies' "patented technology features catalytic chemistry to convert plant-based sugars into a full range of products identical to those made from petroleum, including bio-based paraxylene." PlantBottles are expected to have the same "high quality and recyclability as materials used today".
Reducing the weight and size of the packaging materials are other popular ways to reduce both fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacturing process and transportation.
A new label introduced by GreenBlue (www.greenblue.org), Charlottesville, Va. to help consumers determine how best to recycle packaging, is currently being tested. Guiding better decision-making at the industry level, COMPASS, another GreenBlue product, "is a web-based application that compares the human and environmental impacts of packaging designs using a life cycle approach". www.design-compass.org.
PRWeek Acknowledges Saffron Road in Digital Campaign of the Month
IFANCA client, American Halal Company's Saffron RoadTM food brand, was featured in the January issue of PRWeek, the leading public relations trade magazine. Saffron Road, and retail partner, Whole Foods Market®, made headlines this summer during Ramadan for their campaign, the first of its kind in the U.S. Saffron Road sought to create more awareness among Muslim shoppers, as well as emotionally connect with them on a cultural level. Sales rose by 300%. "Our online branding strategy also leveraged the American Muslim's very tech savvy and high app digital user base. The results speak for themselves; our campaign serves as further evidence that acknowledging Muslim consumers pays off as we have many first time consumers who have stated they are now loyal customers for life," said Saffron Road's CEO, Adnan Durrani.
All Saffron Road products carry the IFANCA Crescent 'M' logo.
Encino, CA-August 8, 2011- IFANCA now certifies Baqi Inc. dba Amara Halal Cosmetics (www.amaracosmetics.com) as halal and thereby fit for use by Muslims, halal consumers and other animal welfare conscious consumers.
Halal cosmetic products are gaining ground in the cosmetics industry and amongst Muslim consumers globally. Its target market segments are affluent Muslims and consumers who are knowledgeable about ingredients, contents and the labeling of products.
Made in the USA and the result of several years of research, Amara Halal Cosmetics was created so that women don't have to worry about breaking Islamic rules while wearing makeup and performing their daily prayers. "Studies show that women who apply lipstick end up 'eating' the lipstick they've applied. That is, 4 to 9 pounds of lipstick is 'consumed' as a result in an average woman's lifetime," says founder Shamalia Mohamed. Her product line is the antithesis to "all those lipstick products currently out in the market that are made with chemicals like fatty acids and gelatins, as well as other items, like alcohol or ingredients that are extracted from animals like pigs," she says.
All Amara Halal Cosmetics products carry the IFANCA logo.
Sabeel Pantry Serves 2252 Visitors And Makes Donations worth $20,000 - 2011: The Year in Review
It has been more than eight years since Sabeel Food Pantry opened its doors to Chicagoland families. The pantry provides bakery goods and various other food products twice a week at its Belmont Avenue location.
As in the previous years, this year too, there has been an overwhelming response from individuals and businesses to support 'Reaching Out To The Less Privileged', a project initiated by IFANCA.
Sabeel Pantry received $2,600 from four individuals, as well as other regular donations of non-perishable food items from several Islamic centers and Islamic schools throughout the year. These institutions included MSI of Glendale Heights, Islamic Center of Des Plaines, MCC Full and Part Time schools, and Islamic Center of Chicago (ICC). Donations were valued at approximately $8000. Panera Bread has also continued its generous support. The retail value of its donations was approximately $7,000 in 2011.
Open Mondays and Thursdays between 10 A.M. and 1 P.M., 2,252 visits took place through in 2011 and about forty families were served. In addition, Sabeel Pantry/IFANCA coordinated with Dr. Jihad Shoshara of AMAL, raising $10,770 from 114 donors for this year's Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. Seven hundred and eighty turkeys were distributed (500 at the Emmett Till Academy of Chicago, 250 to IMAN at Marquette Park, Chicago, and twenty at the Pantry location) over the 2011 Thanksgiving weekend.
Dr. Farhat Quadri, Director of Community Services thanked all donors – individuals, institutions, and businesses, for their consistent support. He expressed special thanks to Dr. Shoshara and all the volunteers involved in the distribution of turkeys on the morning of November 21st.
An International Conference on the Halal Industry was held in Pakistan in January 2012. The following information is posted as received.
Pakistan would be the Halal Hub of future: Zubair Mughal Two days International Conference on Halal Industry ended, Declaration Issued
19/01/2012 (Lahore) Two days International Conference on Halal industry in Pakistan concluded in which constituents, ambassador, industrialists and businessmen from 15 different countries participated. Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Provincial Minister Agriculture and Livestock, Justice Khalil ur Rehman, Chairman Halal Research and Development cell, Hamid Yakoob Shiekh, secretary Livestock and dairy department, Muhammad Zubair Mughal, CEO Halal Research Council, Dr. Tallat Naseer Pasha, Vice Chancellor, UVAS, Dr. Iqrar Ahmad, Vice Chancellor Agriculture University Faisalabad, Ishaq Latuconsina, Indonesian ambassador, Dr. Haja Sittie Shayma Zenaida Laidan, Regional Director Department, Ministry of Science and Technology – Philippine, Kavilash Chawla, Managing Director Nur Global Strategies, Chicago - U.S.A, Abdul Basit, Chairman Big Bird Group, Mohamad Yakob Bin Munshi Deen, Managing Director Halagel – Malaysia, P. Ahmad, Pak Qatar Takaful, S. Anjum Bashir Director General – Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola, President - Jummah Mosque – Mauritius are some prominent and feature personalities of the conference.
The conference was organized by Halal Research Council in collaboration with PAMCO and Livestock & Dairy Development Department Punjab in which research papers on various topics like export of Halal products from Pakistan, promotion of Pakistan’s Halal Industry internationally, International Halal Research & development and Certification, opportunities of promotion in the Global Halal Industry and the potential of Halal Industry in Punjab were presented. In that conference, the MoU was signed amongst Philippine and Mauritius for the sake of promoting the Pakistan Halal products. The main subject of the conference was the proposal from Justice Khalil ur Rehman for the formation of Halal Authority which was unanimously appreciated by all. Other accepted proposals include the Halal awareness Campaign, Research in the field of Halal and Halal Publications.
While addressing, the organizer of the conference, Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, Halal Research Council said that Pakistan has every capability to become Halal Hub in comparison with any other country and the whole world is anticipating Pakistan as a Halal Hub which is becoming reality. He further added that a huge quantity of Halal Food, Halal Meat, Halal Cosmetics, Halal gelatin and Halal bones can be exported from Pakistan through which we can increase our exports hence can cover the trade deficit. In addition to this, he said that Halal Research Council will continue its journey in the field of Research, Development & Innovation and will arrange the international conferences in South Africa, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and UAE in the year 2012. whereas at national level, a road show from Khyber to Karachi would be arranged and 300 seminars on Halal awareness in 100 cities of Pakistan within one month would be conducted.