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IFANCA Halal-Certified Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® On The Celebrity Circuit
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a family-owned chain of specialty coffee and tea stores based in Los Angeles, California is regularly found on the celebrity circuits. From placements in hit shows like Entourage and The Hills, to coverage in leading publications like Forbes Magazine and the LA Times, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has etched its place into the spotlight!
Which company is the #1 French fries maker in the world, processing about 1 million pounds of French fries and other potato products per hour? The company also produces frozen vegetables, juices, pizza, entrees, and desserts.
Which wholesaler of flavored teas, an IFANCA client, began distributing its products in Dubai and the U.A.E. this summer?
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Which ice-cream manufacturer, a regular organizer of contests to create new flavors, is the newest halal-certified ice cream company?
Ben and Jerry's
Chapli kabab, a flavorful beef patty, popular with Pakistani Americans, is sold by which of the following?
Cargill Better Beef
Which was the first franchised restaurant store to receive halal certification?
McCain Foods, the largest food processor in Canada, produced French fries for restaurants and retail outlets in the U.S.A., Canada, and Australia. ConAgra's Lamb-Weston Division, also IFANCA halal-certified, is the largest fried potato manufacturer for the food service industry. IFANCA certifies more than 80% of the French fries that are sold as halal-certified throughout the world.
China Mist Tea Company, after successful years in the U.S.A., is expanding to other parts of the world. Check out www.chinamist.com for their products and locations.
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream decided to have their products halal-certified in 2008 for the U.S. markets. Scooped ice cream flavors have already received this distinction and ice cream tubs are marked with IFANCA's halal logo. Take-home pints and other products will be the next line to display the halal logo.
Al-Safa Halal markets the delicious and lower fat version of Chapli Kababs, famous in Northwest Pakistan. They are being manufactured in Chicago.
A&W Restaurants in Singapore were the first in the world to receive halal certification from an organization, the Majelis Ulama Islam Singapore. Now, many restaurant chains throughout Southeast Asia are certified halal by the national organizations. Independent halal certification is not very common in other countries like Pakistan, India or Middle Eastern countries yet.
France, August 2009 - The veil maybe the eye of the storm in France but businesses know when there is money to be made. According to reports, supermarkets have been expanding their shelf space for halal products, recognizing that sales go up in the month of Ramadan.
According to Solis agency, which specializes in ethnic marketing the halal market (in France) is valued at close to 4 billion euro for 2009, and is estimated to grow at an annual rate of 15%. On sale are halal soups, halal ravioli, halal pizzas, halal baked goods and halal precooked meals. In France, 93% of North Africans and 55% of sub-Saharan Africans maintain halal, forming the bulk of the halal consumer base.
French TV Airs First Ever Ad On Halal Foods!
France, August 17, 2009 - The ad shows a young couple from North African heritage shopping at the supermarket, putting halal-certified lasagna and paella in their trolley. "Yes, we eat halal and it is really delicious" he says. In French it even rhymes. The first television ad for Muslim customers made an appearance on French TV in recent days, at the start of Ramadan in France. The potential audience is five million consumers (the country has the largest Muslim community in Europe), who observe the fast in ever greater numbers: 70% of France's Muslims fast. What could become a new fashion in France was launched by the Ferico group, part of Panzani, which has been selling couscous under the Zakia brand name for more than a century. The campaign became immediately visible after being shown on some of the most popular TV channels in France starting on August 17. The timing is not an accident either: there is evidence that Muslims consume more during four weeks of Ramadan. Spaghetti Bolognese, pizza, gratin, ravioli, minestrone, milk and fruit, all strictly halal have become the goose that laid the golden egg for food companies suffering from the current crisis. Four hundred different products have sprung up in French supermarkets.
"There are a lot of Arabs in this advert, and it's the first time ever I see such a thing in France. Finally we count economically in this country" writes Mounafia on Bladi.net, an internet site for the French Arab community.
In New York City Halal Food Carts Attract Huge Lunch Crowd
This summer more than 30 food panelists gathered in Bryant Park, New York at the Street Meat Palooza, a contest to judge the best food from 15 different Midtown food carts. The results were not available at the time this news was compiled. However, if you have been following MidtownLunch.com, or the street food scene in Midtown, Manhattan then you know about the "Famous Halal Guys", the winners of last year's inaugural Street Meat Palooza who park on the corner of 53rd and 6th. The other winners last year included street carts, like XPL Halal Food, Adam's Halal Food, and other popular carts. This information is being shared for its news value. IFANCA does not endorse any vendor, gyro meat, flat bread and many other items served on these carts are certified halal.
Pakistan (6/30/2009) - Speakers at an international conference in the provincial metropolis stressed the importance of halal food certification for boosting consumers' confidence in foods and improving their sale.
The conference titled "Halal Foods and Ingredient Concerns" was held at the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research here on Monday. It was jointly organized by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) and the Pakistan Society of Food Scientists and Technologists while it was attended by a large number of food industry representatives.
Punjab Finance Minister Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, presiding over the conference, said the country had a huge market for halal food, which could be exported, adding that the country's halal goods export was very low at the moment. He emphasized the importance of halal certification for food, urging all the stakeholders, including industry, academia, and research organizations to address the issue.
Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry of IFANCA briefly described the history of food certification, adding that his council would help Pakistan regarding certification of halal foods. He said that every ingredient was important and must be certified as halal, adding that halal dietary laws were more than 1400 years old but not until very recently was there a concept of halal certification. Dr. Chaudry said there was potential for the halal market to grow as the world wide Muslim community consisted of 1.4 billion people and the global halal trade was now estimated to be $580 billion. He shed light on the pioneering role played by IFANCA in the development of halal certification system internationally which provided a halal certification in more than 55 countries.
Dr. Mian N. Riaz from the Texas A&M University's Food Protein Research and Development Center said halal products had become very important to consumers. "For Muslim consumers, trust in halal food relates to the certainty about the process attributes," he said, adding that any uncertainty about this would lead to shattering of the trust that consumers placed in companies.
This can have major financial consequences to the companies, he said, adding that consumer trust could be strengthened by obtaining halal certification. However, this too should be a halal label controlled by an official institution in order to prevent fraud, he emphasized.
"The genuine halal logo is an authoritative, independent and reliable testimony to support halal food claims," he said and added that "having a halal label would enhance the marketability of products in Muslim countries". He said the E-numbers were recently part of a controversy in Pakistan when some elements spread rumors about the halal status of a multinational potato chips manufacturer.
He said E-numbers were systematic numerical designations for identifying food additives, adding that E-numbers by themselves were not indicators of the halal status of many ingredients. A Halal Audit Overview, as developed by IFANCA, was a more foolproof system of determining it, he said.
Hameed Lateef appraised the work of the Pakistan Standards Council towards developing halal standards, including recommendations made to the O.I.C. about stunning and mechanical slaughter of poultry in favor of slaughter by hand individually by Muslim butchers.
The conference, in the end, made several recommendations which included that the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) must approve a national halal standard based on the standards currently available in other Muslim countries. The PSQCA and others must develop guidelines to monitor products imported by multinational and national companies and guidelines may be implemented at the import points, it said, adding that the public sector must create a list of approved halal certifiers from other countries based on specific criteria and the Pakistan Society of Food Scientists and Technologists (PSFST) and others must position themselves as a halal certifier through proper training about halal certification guidelines.