Halal Industry

Halal industry wrap: Two US halal bodies receive Indonesia’s accreditation

Here's a roundup of key developments across the halal industry ecosystem during the month of April

Editor's note: Months ahead of Indonesia's mandate of halal products labelling, the country has accredited two more US halal bodies. Indonesia's halal product assurance agency has also partnered with Singapore's Shopee to enable halal certification services. 

And, the Malaysia International Halal Showcase is coming to Dubai later this year. 


Company News

Indonesia / Singapore

Shopee offers halal certification service 

Shopee, a Singapore-based e-commerce platform, partnered with Indonesia’s Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency (BPJPH) to offer halal certification services to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) via its Shopee Barokah feature.


This collaboration, according to Handika Jahja, executive director of Shopee Indonesia, seeks to promote the halal industry through e-commerce and support the implementation of the government's halal certification policy. (Tempo)


United Kingdom

Halal pet food company to launch in the UK

Aihtsham Rashid, an entrepreneur from Leeds, Yorkshire, is set to introduce Hurayra Halal Pet Food to the UK market. Rashid aims to address the scarcity of natural, high-protein, GMO- and preservative-free options in the UK pet food market.


This initiative comes after Rashid's own struggle to find high-quality halal cat food for his pets, reflecting the demand among Muslim pet owners for halal options aligning with their dietary practices and religious beliefs. (Halal Focus)



New app helps Muslims find halal restaurants

A new app, Zabihah, is simplifying the task of finding halal restaurants for Muslims in Western countries. Halal restaurants serve food that adheres to religious dietary laws followed by many Muslims.


With this app, Muslims can easily locate such establishments, easing the challenge of finding halal options in Western locations. (VOA News)




Indonesia / US

Two US halal bodies get Indonesia’s accreditation

Two American halal certification bodies have been accredited in Indonesia before the country mandates halal labeling for all food, beverages, and meat entering its market starting October 17.


The two bodies are the American Halal Foundation (AHF) and the US Halal Chamber of Commerce’s Islamic Society of the Washington Area (ISWA) Halal Certification Department. (Jakarta Globe)



Vietnam launches halal certification authority

The Vietnam Certification Centre revealed the formation of the Vietnam Halal Certification Authority.


This marks an advancement in Vietnam's halal industry development. (Halal Focus)





DTI, Halal Expo Canada collaboration targets investments

The Halal Expo Philippines, a collaborative effort between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Canada, aims to generate investments worth up to 230 billion Philippine pesos. 


Scheduled for November 2024, the expo anticipates creating over 120,000 jobs for Filipinos within the next four years, tapping into the $7 trillion global halal industry. (GMA Network)



Trade Developments

Malaysia / UAE

Malaysia to organise halal showcase in Dubai

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) is expanding the reach of the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (Mihas) by hosting its first international edition in Dubai this year.


Themed 'Globalising halal innovations', the event will take place in two parts: first at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre from Sept 17 to 20, then at the Dubai World Trade Centre from Nov 18 to 20. (The Star)


Saudi Arabia / Malaysia

Saudi Arabia, Malaysia to strengthen halal food industry collaboration

The CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Hisham bin Saad Aljadhey, met with Malaysian Minister of Religious Affairs Mohamad Naim bin Mokhtar in Kuala Lumpur to strengthen and expand the halal food industry in Malaysia. (Halal Focus)