Understanding the global Halaal market

If you are a producer, processor, manufacturer, supplier, retailer or marketer of  halaal goods and services then you cannot afford to miss this comprehensive one-day seminar on Understanding the Global Halaal Market.  Endorsed by the four major halaal authorities in South Africa, this event will get you up to speed on the latest trends and developments in the global halaal market and what the implications are for your business.  

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Opportunities in the processed foods sector and South Africa’s industrial policy action plan
  • Private sector perspective on market expansion through halaal certification
  • Evaluating the market for halaal health and beauty products
  • Brands, Islam and the new Muslim consumer

Hear key speakers from the Department of Trade and Industry, AT Kearney, Ogilvy SA, Nativa and senior representatives from South Africa’s halaal authorities.

Halaal certified companies are entitled to receive a 25% discount. For more information and to book, please visit www.iir.co.za/halaal

Three easy ways to register:
Call IIR on +27 (0) 11 771 7000
Email: registrations@iir.co.za
On-line: http://www.iir.co.za/halaal

Download Programme and Registration Form



In April 2010 an announcement was made that the ProNutro strawberry flavour was not Halaal as it contained an alcoholic derivative. This was communicated to the Muslim public of South Africa. Bokomo Foods, the manufacturers of the products entered into consultation with the National Independent Halaal Trust (NIHT) to find a solution to the dilemma facing the Muslim public. A decision was taken to reformulate the problematic flavour and the NIHT began a rigorous and comprehensive investigation into every single ingredients used at the plant.

This investigation lasted for a year and revealed that all other ingredients were Halaal. During that period the strawberry flavour was reformulated as agreed with the NIHT and the usage of the Haraam flavour was discontinued. The entire plant was then cleansed conforming to Islamic requirements to ensure there was no contamination with any residue from previous productions.

The National Independent Halaal Trust (NIHT) is pleased to announce that that the ProNutro Strawberry, along with the rest of the ProNutro range, has been certified Halaal.

The certification includes ProNutro Toddlers and ProLight. Any ProNutro product with a production date after 9 May 2011 is Halaal certified by the NIHT. Please be vigilant and check production dates. Future packaging will bear the NIHT Halaal logo. 

The NIHT is proud to certify the ProNutro range and compliments Bokomo Foods for their dedication in ensuring their products are fit for Muslim consumption.

The NIHT welcomes Bokomo Foods to our list of certified companies.

NIHT in Russia

The National Independent Halaal Trust (NIHT), the internationally acclaimed and accepted local Halaal food certifier, was invited to Russia for a conference, recently.  The invitation, on behalf of the Council of Russian Mufties was extended to Moulana A.W. Wookay and Hafez Moorad Booley.  They successfully delivered papers on ‘The History of Halaal Certification in South Africa’ and ‘Halaal Certification in a Muslim Minority Country’, respectively.

From Left to Right: Moulana A.W.Wookay, Sheik Ravil Gainutdin,
Hafez Moorad Booley and Sheik Rushan Abbyasov

The Council of Russian Mufties have only been certifying since 1996 and are relatively new in the Halaal industry.  Hence the invitation to the NIHT who have extensive experience in the Halaal Industry, internationally.  With a Muslim population of over 49 million, the Russian Muslims are also a minority within their country.  With more and more countries ready to do business with Russia and the economy gaining strength, Halaal globalization is evident in Russia and other East European Countries.

The two day Moscow Halaal Conference at the Croycus City Hall saw delegates from over 12 countries deliberating and presenting various papers.  Day one was allocated to Halaal finance and Takafol.  Day two saw various role players in the Halaal food industry deliver papers on pertinent issues and problem areas.  A number of resolutions was tabled and accepted.  The Council of Russian Mufties were elated that the NIHT could attend this year since last years conference was not attended due to other commitments.  The Chairman of the Council of Russian Mufties, Sheik Ravil Gainutdin (Zaynudeen) warmly welcomed the NIHT delegation and looked forward to co-operation between the two organizations.  “The reputation of South Africa’s Halaal Industry was recognized and accepted, hence the invitation to the NIHT who are leaders in their field”, said Mufti Gainutdin.  

Due to lack of visible Islam during the old Soviet Communist Days, the revival of Islam has been tremendous with many young Russians embracing Islam fervently and eagerly.  While Moscow has four Mosques, the Mosques are small and can only hold +/- 800 worshippers, yet for the Friday (Jummah) prayers more than 4000 worshippers attend at each mosque reading their prayers outside in the cold!  Sadly the government has been dragging its feet to grant permission for the extension of the Masajids.  With this in mind the NIHT has offered to assist in various ways and hope that a reciprocal visit by the Council of Russian Mufties to our country soon, would be a good start.  An exchange of ideas and training modules is also envisaged in the not so distant future.  

The conference was run professionally with many European delegates expressing their surprise.  “We have had such a negative concept of Russia and its people, this is an eye opener”, said one delegate from Italy.  Notwithstanding the language, culinary, cultural and climatic challenges, it was different and truly educational.  “This was really an awesome and fascinating experience how these Muslims have held on to their Islam with all the challenges is really extreme”, said NIHT’s Hafez Moorad Booley.  This is just one of the ways of proving that Islam is a Universal way of life.  A different way to celebrate South Africa’s acceptance to the BRIC Countries.