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R&D Food Development Post-Ramadan

Halal Digest Header October 2011
ISSN 1533-3361
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. end of article
IN THIS ISSUE
Industry News
Community News
IFANCA In The Media
IFANCA In Upcoming Events
New IFANCA Halal Certified Companies

Industry News

R&D Food Development Post-Ramadan, How can the food and nutrition industry take advantage of halal consumers' needs and eating habits post-Ramadan? According to Pan Arab Research Center, post-Ramadan injects more economic activity in many Muslim-majority countries.  ...R&D Food Development Post-Ramadan

How can the food and nutrition industry take advantage of halal consumers' needs and eating habits post-Ramadan? According to Pan Arab Research Center, post-Ramadan injects more economic activity in many Muslim-majority countries. Ogilvy Noor, in a contributed article in Financial Times, also noted the unique needs and food opportunities in Muslim-majority countries after Ramadan's fasting:

"…take the issue of getting fit and losing weight. After a month of fasting, it may appear that any Muslim wishing to lose weight would already have done it. Not so.

The most obvious point is that going to the gym or doing any kind of exercise is difficult while fasting – and exercising in a fashion unsuited to fasting can actually be counter-productive. But what takes insider insight is the fact that many Muslims actually put on weight during Ramadan and Eid. That's because they are often eating overly indulgent and inappropriate foods between sunset and sunrise – especially in years like this one, when Ramadan in the northern hemisphere coincided with the longest days of the year. This makes it a great time for the health sector to step up and show its understanding of the reality of life post-Ramadan for Muslims." For many companies specializing in health, wellness, and weight loss, the post-Ramadan period can provide a time to capitalize on the halal consumer's interest to gradually step back into normal weight and fitness. Halal consumers who have gained weight will be looking for healthy and convenience packaged foods and supplements.

 


IFANCA Presents at Prepared Foods' R&D Applications Seminar 2011, Asma Ahad, IFANCA's director of Halal Market Development, presented Halal: Your Global Competitive Advantage at the Prepared Foods' 2011 R&D Applications Seminar on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, IL.  ...IFANCA Presents at Prepared Foods' R&D Applications Seminar 2011

Asma Ahad, IFANCA's director of Halal Market Development, presented "Halal: Your Global Competitive Advantage" at the Prepared Foods' 2011 R&D Applications Seminar on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, IL. She discussed the local and global opportunities associated with halal certification. Several examples of small, medium, and large companies were given, that have experienced growth by delivering on the needs of their consumer base. A brief video of what halal means and what it takes to go halal was also shared. The attendees had a genuine interest in developing halal compliant products. During the discussion Ahad responded to several questions associated with halal certification.

The Prepared Foods' R&D Applications Seminar is one of the premiere food science seminar events that aims to provide a practical ":how to": applications-oriented event dedicated to further educating the food & beverage formulators on specific application challenges. To learn more about the seminar please visit: www.rdseminarchicago.com.


IFANCA Gears up for 3<sup>rd</sup> American Muslim Consumer Conference, IFANCA will be participating in the third American Muslim Consumer Conference: American Muslims Stand Out as a Significant Multicultural Market, on October 29, 2011, in New Brunswick, NJ. The American Muslim Consumer Conference is the only platform for industry professionals to explore the rich potential of the American Muslim market.   ...IFANCA Gears up for 3rd American Muslim Consumer Conference

IFANCA will be participating in the third American Muslim Consumer Conference: American Muslims Stand Out as a Significant Multicultural Market, on October 29, 2011, in New Brunswick, NJ. The American Muslim Consumer Conference is the only platform for industry professionals to explore the rich potential of the American Muslim market. This year's conference is titled "Multiculturalism & the American Muslim Consumer Market", and last year's conference was attended by 400 attendees.

In recent years, IFANCA has done many educational seminars in the food industry, in order to raise awareness on the halal dietary needs of the American Muslim. Research from advertising giants, like JWT and Ogilvy & Mather, indicate that American Muslims spend approximately US$ 20 billion on halal food alone. Overall consumer spending, which includes foodservice, pharmaceuticals and personal care product spending is estimated at US$ 170 billion per year. IFANCA will continue its goal of raising awareness about halal dietary needs at this conference. Attendees can meet IFANCA food technologists and pick up educational materials about IFANCA's halal certification and consulting services at AMCC's exhibits pavilion.

To receive more information on the 3rd Annual American Muslim Consumer Conference, please visit http://americanmuslimconsumer.com.

 


IFANCA Presents Halal Education Seminar at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) for Small, Medium and Startup Food Companies, IFANCA will be presenting an educational seminar on the "Global and Local Opportunities of Halal Markets" at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) on November 9, 2011. ICNC's mission is "to strengthen companies in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor and to facilitate economic and community development." ICNC fulfills this mission through providing services to strengthen the 2,000 plus companies in the Kinzie Corridor.   ...IFANCA Presents Halal Education Seminar at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) for Small, Medium and Startup Food Companies

IFANCA will be presenting an educational seminar on the "Global and Local Opportunities of Halal Markets" at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) on November 9, 2011. ICNC's mission is "to strengthen companies in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor and to facilitate economic and community development." ICNC fulfills this mission through providing services to strengthen the 2,000 plus companies in the Kinzie Corridor. Some of these services include providing educational seminars under the umbrella of its International Trade Center (ITC), a program that counsels companies in all phases of export readiness. ICNC is a not-for-profit organization and represents 400 companies. To read more about ICNC, refer to www.industrialcouncil.com/about.

 


KSA's First International Conference and Exhibition on Halal Food Control to be Held in February 2012, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) is hosting the first international conference on control of halal food.  ...KSA's First International Conference and Exhibition on Halal Food Control to be Held in February 2012

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) is hosting the first international conference on control of halal food. The conference will aim to clarify the concept of halal food and its requirements from an Islamic perspective and boost public-private cooperation in relation to halal food control at regional and international levels. Main topics of the conference will include; control and supervision of halal food at all stages of food production, methods applied to detect unlawful substances of halal food, stunning and automated mechanical slaughter, and lawfulness of foods produced by genetic modification and nanotechnology. More information can be found at the SFDA website (Arabic,English). end of article


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Community News

AMAL and Sabeel Pantry Organizing 10th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, The Sabeel Food Pantry (IFANCA's outreach initiative) in conjunction with AMAL (American Muslims for Activism and Learning) is pleased to announce the 10th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. ...

AMAL and Sabeel Pantry Organizing 10th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

The Sabeel Food Pantry (IFANCA's outreach initiative) in conjunction with AMAL (American Muslims for Activism and Learning) is pleased to announce the 10th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. Every year the pantry donates hundreds of turkeys to needy families in the Chicagoland area during the time of thanksgiving. This year’s goal is to give away 750 turkeys to the families of Emmett Till Academy and IMAN (Inner-city Muslim Action Network) those neighbors who may not otherwise be able to have it on their tables.

"For the past 9 years, you have helped the needy, regardless of their faith, race or creed. You could donate to continue the tradition!"– Dr. Farhat Quadri, Community Relations Director-IFANCA

To Donate via PayPal visit sabeelpantry.org/turkeydrive.htm or To Donate by Mail make your checks payable to "Sabeel Food Pantry" and mail to:

Turkey Drive 
c/o Jihad Shoshara 
PO Box 535 
La Grange, IL 60525

 


IFANCA Co-sponsors Pakistan Day, On Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at Warren Park in Chicago, around 5,000 Pakistani-Americans celebrated Pakistan's 64th Independence Day. The day of Independence is actually August 14th; however it was celebrated in September due to the Ramadan holiday during the month of August. ...IFANCA Co-sponsors Pakistan Day

On Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at Warren Park in Chicago, around 5,000 Pakistani-Americans celebrated Pakistan's 64thIndependence Day. The day of Independence is actually August 14th; however it was celebrated in September due to the Ramadan holiday during the month of August.

Muslim consumers of Chicagoland participated in the parade on Devon Avenue. IFANCA staff greeted the attendees at its booth and gave away Halal Consume Magazine©. Halal Consumer Magazine is IFANCA's flagship publication, with useful information about halal consumable products and companies. A quick reference of doubtful ingredients in the form of "Shoppers Guide" were distributed free of charge. Attendees also received a pack of IFANCA halal-certified pita bread donated by Olympia Foods.

 


IFANCA and It's Staff Donated to Islamic Relief USA for Somalia Fund, During the holy month of Ramadan, IFANCA staff organized a donation drive for the refugees in the drought and famine ridden African region of Somalia. Media reports discussed how more than 1 million refugees are left homeless and do not have access to fresh water; they are also in urgent need of food, medicine, and clothing. ...IFANCA and It's Staff Donated to Islamic Relief USA for Somalia Fund

During the holy month of Ramadan, IFANCA staff organized a donation drive for the refugees in the drought and famine ridden African region of Somalia. Media reports discussed how more than 1 million refugees are left homeless and do not have access to fresh water; they are also in urgent need of food, medicine, and clothing.

It was a great effort by IFANCA and its staff of around 50 employees who donated generously for this noble cause with total collections close to $10,000.00. The donation was given to IRUSA (Islamic Relief USA) a non-for-profit charity organization that has been providing emergency aid to Somalia since 1996. IRUSA also operates a field office in the East African country to implement and oversee programs that would alleviate suffering due to continued violence, drought and famine. The programs would help internally displaced populations. Reasons for IFANCA to select IRUSA were: It has received the 4-Star charity rating by Charity Navigator and IRUSA has been the most active Islamic charity in Somalia than compared to others.

Donations can still be sent to IFANCA's head office in Park Ridge, IL (Attention Zeshan, make checks payable to IFANCA and please write Somalia Relief in the memo) or you can donate directly online to Islamic Relief USA at www.irusa.orgend of article


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IFANCA In The Media

IFANCA in the media, The Philadelphia Inquirer published an in-depth article about halal food standards in the United States. The informative article is titled, Food Preparation Standards in Muslim Community Open for Interpretation, and provides insight into the increasing need for third party halal certification. ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an in-depth article about halal food standards in the United States. The informative article is titled, "Food Preparation Standards in Muslim Community Open for Interpretation", and provides insight into the increasing need for third party halal certification. Third-party halal certification is an endorsement provided by a credible and competent organization that does not benefit from the sale of the product. Without trustworthy third-party halal certification organizations, manufacturers to wholesale suppliers to retailers will remain vulnerable to halal consumer misinformation. To read complete article, click hereend of article


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IFANCA In Upcoming Events

IFANCA in upcoming events, IFANCA Exhibits at the American Muslim Consumer Conference 2011 on October 29, 2011, Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, New Jersey. ...

IFANCA Exhibits at the American Muslim Consumer Conference 2011 on October 29, 2011, Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Click here for more information.

 


IFANCA to Give Halal Education Seminar at Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) on November 9, 2011</b>. Seminar titled Global and Local Halal Market Opportunities will be held at ICNC 320 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL. ...IFANCA to Give Halal Education Seminar at Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) on November 9, 2011. Seminar titled Global and Local Halal Market Opportunities will be held at ICNC 320 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL. Click here for more informationend of article

 
New IFANCA Halal Certified Companies
Companies and LocationDescription of Halal-Certified ProductsMarket SegmentMarket Region
Baqi Inc. , Encinao, CA Cosmetics Retail USA
Binzhou Taiyu Wheat Co., Ltd , Binzhou City, Shandong, China Food Products Industry Worldwide
Chocolat Uzma Sharif, Bolingbrook, IL Exotic Chocolate Collection Retail USA
Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN Probenz, Sodium Benzoate Industry Worldwide
EUROGERM SA , Saint Apollinaire, France Bread Improver Industry Worldwide
Gerber Ingredients S. A. , Cartago, San Jose, Costa Rica Banana Puree Industry Worldwide
HELIOS PASTA INDUSTRY - PAN. SP. DAKOS S.A. PASTA & FOOD PRODUCTS, Athens, Attika, Greece Pasta Products Retail Worldwide
HuaJia Foods Co., Ltd, Dongguan, Guangdong, China Bakery Products Retail Worldwide
Jiaxing Shengyuan IMP&EXP Co., Ltd., Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China Food Chemicals Others Worldwide
Jiliding Marine Biotech, Taicang, Jiangsu, China Fish Gelatin & Collagen Industry Canada, Malaysia & USA
Linshu Fangxing Foodstuff Co., Ltd. , Linyi, Shandong, China Fruits and Vegetables Industry Worldwide
Premier Ingredients Inc. , Hackensack, NJ Food Products Retail USA
QualiTech, Inc., Chaska, MN Flavor Industry Saudi Arabia
Reiter Dairy (Dean Foods), Springfield, OH Dairy Products Retail USA
Shangri-la Kangmei Dairy Products Co., Ltd., Shangrila, Yunnan, China Casein Products Industry Worldwide
Sweet Green Fields, Bellingham, WA Botanical Extracts Food Service USA
Yancheng VIO Organic Chemicals Co., Binhai, Jiangsu, China Food Chemicals Industry China
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