Halal Industry

Halal industry wrap: Brunei aims to import halal food from Bangladesh

Here's a roundup of key developments across the halal industry ecosystem during the first week of May

Editor's note: Brunei has revealed its interest in importing Bangladeshi halal food, a welcome note for the South Asian country. Meanwhile, Indonesia is keen to up its 'halal' game, by enforcing mandatory halal certifications on local products. 

Company News


Lulu launches Thai halal food promotion in Qatar

Lulu Hypermarket Qatar has launched the Thai Halal Food Promotion, a culinary extravaganza showcasing Thailand's diverse flavors and cultural heritage.


The inauguration was held at the D-ring branch of Lulu Hypermarket. (The Peninsula)





Halal certification of products mandatory from October

The Ministry of Trade in Indonesia is set to enforce mandatory halal certification for products manufactured by the country's micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from October 2024 onwards.


Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan emphasized the necessity of this measure during an announcement in Tangerang, highlighting its role in enhancing consumer and producer confidence and bolstering product competitiveness in the global market. (Antara News)



Trade Developments

Malaysia / Japan

Malaysia discusses bilateral trade cooperation, role as halal hub with Japan

Deputy agriculture and food security minister Arthur Joseph Kurup and Japanese parliamentary vice-minister for agriculture, forestry and fisheries Mitsuo Takahashi met to explore avenues of collaboration between Malaysia and Japan.


The discussions encompassed bilateral trade cooperation, the agricultural sector, and Malaysia's burgeoning role as a halal hub, presenting opportunities for mutual benefit. (The Star)


Brunei / Bangladesh

Brunei keen to import halal food from Bangladesh

Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud revealed Brunei's interest in importing halal food items from Bangladesh, signaling potential economic cooperation between the two nations.


The official emphasized Bangladesh's stance in enhancing trade ties and fostering investment, particularly evident during recent diplomatic engagements across Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. (TBS News)


Saudi Arabia / Malaysia

IsDB, HPDC and HDC's collaboration to spearhead innovation for global halal industry

The Halal Economy Leadership Forum 2024 was held in Riyadh, bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, and experts to deliberate on the role of the halal economy in global commerce.


Jointly hosted by the Halal Development Corporation (HDC), Halal Products Development Company (HPDC), and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the forum underscored the importance of collaboration and innovation within the halal industry for sustained growth and development. (Zawya)