BOSTON, Massachusetts (July 14, 2012) — Asma Ahad, IFANCA, director of halal market development is to speak at the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) conference on a panel titled “Halal: The Revenue, Retention and Recruitment Revolution.” Don Tymchuck, president, Med Diet Inc., and Richard Mason, executive director UChicago Dining, University of Chicago, will also be on the panel.

Each year thousands of Muslim students attend US colleges, yet only a handful of campus dining services offer halal-friendly meal plans. IFANCA’s goals include making halal food more accessible on campus. Panelists will share practical information for implementing halal menus with minimal disruption to current operations. Other topics to be discussed include halal as a means to boosting meal revenues, increasing student satisfaction and elevating schools’ dining services reputation.

IFANCA’s flagship publication, Halal Consumer magazine, in its Spring 2012 issue covers how UChicago approached halal dining at

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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world’s leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as the Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC, and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), and the United Arab Emirates (GSM) and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA’s halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories. For more information about IFANCA®, visit