IFANCA’s 15th International Halal Food Conference was a great
success. Speakers, industry representatives and community mem-
bers gathered in Rosemont, Illinois on April 6-8 to discuss issues
relevant to halal production. The conference featured speakers
from Belgium, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi
Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the USA and
from government bodies, industry, academia and IFANCA discuss-
ing a variety of topics of interest to food processors and consumers.
The topics ranged from a review of the growth of the halal market
to halal management systems, food safety, security, animal welfare
and export considerations. Success stories were told by industry
representatives that implemented halal production under IFANCA
guidance and newcomers were eager to listen and learn about the
opportunities that lie ahead.
A community banquet of more than 250 guests allowed the indus-
try representatives to enjoy some authentic halal food, listen to a
touching keynote address by Mr. William (Bill) Kurtis, and interact
with halal consumers. Both the industry representatives and the
consumers had a good time learning what products are demanded
and how easy it is to produce them. During the banquet, awards
were handed out, including lifetime achievement awards to Dr.
Ahmad Sakr, Dr. Mohammed Sadek and Mr.Allan Hamoud. Other
awards included IFANCA employee of the year, company of the year
to Cargill Inc., and awards to the 12 conference sponsors.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Saudi
Chamber of Commerce (SCOC) and IFANCA with Dr. Al Khatrawi sign-
ing for SCOC and Dr. Muhammad M. Chaudry signing for IFANCA.
At the close, attendees congratulated IFANCA for a successful
conference and looked forward to next year. More information
on the Conference is available on the IFANCA website at
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