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.
When Brown & Haley created Almond Roca® in 1923, they knew it would be a success. A crunchy, log-shaped candy piece suffused inside with butter and coated with chocolate and diced almonds, this delicious butter crunch confection was dubbed 'Almond Roca' by a local librarian. In 1927, the company decided to seal it in the now-famous pink tin, extending the product's shelf life threefold. This ability to travel, and the candy's exquisite taste, spurred worldwide sales of Almond Roca Buttercrunch® Toffee. "The candy that travels" has been found in 63 countries all around the globe. 80 years later Brown & Haley are proud to offer a selection of Buttercrunch toffees; including selections that are IFANCA halal-certified. These are Mocha Roca®, the Original Buttercrunch Toffee with chocolate, cashews and coffee; Cashew Roca® the Original Buttercrunch Toffee with chocolate and cashews and Almond Roca, the Original Buttercrunch Toffee with chocolate and almonds. In the making of candies and chocolate bars, emulsifiers, gelatin, flavors, waxes and colors are the main ingredients that need to be investigated for halal status.
Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr, IFANCA Director and Religious Advisor, and Dr. Muhammad M. Chaudry, IFANCA President, at the INTERNATIONAL HALAL FOOD 2008 Conference, in Istanbul
The Food Auditing and Certification Research Association (GIMDES), a Turkish Association created for the Inspection and Certification of Food and Supplies, held its International Halal Food Conference (HALAL FOOD 2008) Sunday, February 24, 2007 in the beautiful city of Istanbul. Dr. Ahmed H. Sakr, IFANCA Director and Religious Advisor, and Dr. Muhammad M. Chaudry, IFANCA President, represented the organization there. The conference was a strategic initiative aimed at:
maximizing opportunities for Turkey as an exporter to Halal importing markets
promoting Turkey as a highly competent producer and manufacturer of halal products
engendering confidence in consumers and governments of importing countries about the authenticity and high quality of Turkey's halal products
facilitating the flow of investment funds from halal importing countries to Turkey
In his opening remarks, Professor M. Huseyin Buyukozer, Chairman of the association, emphasized the importance of halal certification for Turkey. Turkish exports to Africa and the Middle East could exceed $20 billion annually if halal certification were in place. President Ömer Bolat, too, stated that many countries require halal certificates on their imports and that Turkey finds itself at a disadvantage in these markets due to the lack of a certification system. Several international and local speakers reiterated the fact that halal certification in Turkey was long overdue and offered support while sharing their experiences in other countries. Singapore, a non-Muslim majority country, was the first to have halal certification, ever. It's food and beverage shipments to the United Arab Emirates jumped 67 per cent last year, and hit 171 million Singapore dollars (121 million US dollars), with the UAE's recognition of the city-state's halal certification system. Notable speakers included Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr from IFANCA, Professor Ahmet Akgunduz from Holland and Dr. Nadratuzaman Hosen from LP-POM/MUI Indonesia. Dr. Muhammad M. Chaudry also participated in several meetings and discussions.
Nalley's® was founded in 1918 by a 28-year-old chef living in Tacoma. Starting with thinly sliced potatoes called "Saratoga Chips", Marcus Nalley spent 44 years of his life becoming a household name. Today, the Nalley's Brand is owned by Bird's Eye Foods and IFANCA certifies Nalley's Tartar Sauce, Nalley's Heavy Duty Deluxe Mayonnaise, Nalley's 1000 Island Salad Dressing, Real Mayonnaise, Premium Mayonnaise and Champion® Mayonnaise. Nalley's Real Mayonnaise is made with real eggs and other fresh ingredients and is lower in saturated fat compared to several national brands. In salad dressings, ketchup and sauces, the main ingredients that could be impediments to halal certification are flavors, colors, and emulsifiers. In Nalley's products all these ingredients have been determined to be doubt-free halal.
IFANCA Certifies Saputo Dairy Products As Halal For The Food Service Industry
Saputo (www.saputo.com) with its distinctive array of products and its commitment to growth, is one of the top twenty dairy processors in the world; the largest dairy processor in Canada; among the top five cheese producers in the United States; the third largest dairy processor in Argentina and the largest snack-cake manufacturer in Canada. With U.S. corporate headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois, the majority of Saputo's cheese making facilities are located throughout the U.S. Its IFANCA halal-certified sites produce cheese for foodservice products and the company has yet to make a foray into halal-certified retail products, says Sean Mason, of Saputo.
Saputo produces Italian-style (Mozzarella and Provolone) and American-style cheeses (Cheddar varieties, Monterey Jack, Muenster, Fontina and Gouda), as well as whey products, which are marketed nationwide under a variety of brand names and private labels.
Saputo will be the official supplier of packaged dairy products for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It will also be partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams for the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games. Saputo's participation in the 2010 Winter Games was a logical fit as it is an extension of its involvement in sports. With this partnership, Saputo will bring the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games into kitchens across Canada.