ISLAMABAD: Major non-Muslim food producers are competing to enter the lucrative global industry for halal food and lifestyle products.
According to reports, US manufacturers plan to build halal-compliant plants in Malaysia. In the year 2013, Malaysia reportedly exported $9.8 billion worth of halal products, Press TV reported.
The United Arab Emirates announced last month that it plans to specify around 6.7 million square feet of land in Dubai Industrial City for a “Halal Cluster” for manufacturing and logistic companies that deal in halal food.
“This industry itself, we know it is growing,” The Associated Press quoted Dubai Industrial City CEO Abdullah Belhoul as saying. Brazil is also tapping into the halal food market. Brazil is the world’s second top exporter of meat and poultry to Muslim-majority countries.
The Brasil Food Company (BRF), which is among the world’s largest food companies, now plans to open its first manufacturing site in the United Arab Emirates in June.
“Having the factory will allow us to be closer to the market and will allow us to go to different markets that today we cannot export to from Brazil,” BRF Quality Assurance Supervisor Tiago Brilhante said.
The Middle East is currently the biggest market for the company as it exports 70,000 tons of chicken to the region each month.
Halal food industry is also developing in Thailand. According to reports, more than a quarter of food factories are already making halal products in the country.