The exact meaning of the Arabic word ‘Halal’ is permissible. It is applied to food and drinks that are permissible for Muslims under the Islamic Law. It instructs about what food to be consumed and the method of preparation, mostly covering meat items and animal tissue.
Muslim consumers contribute to an extending demand for high quality and varied Halal food. The Halal certification is an issue for the 1.6 billion global Muslim populations as many Muslims reside in non-Muslim majority countries where Halal-certified food is at times difficult to find or where the authenticity of the certification might be controversial. Find out about ESMA Halal Certification, here.
Muslims currently make up about a quarter (23.2 percent) of the global population and the rise in the Muslim population means increased Muslim consumers. The food-service chains such as KFC and Nando’s now have Halal outlets, many Pizza retails use Halal chicken and several supermarkets in Europe are stocking up on frozen Halal foods.
The extending economic development in countries with large Muslim populations makes Halal Certification a profitable segment to invest in. Moreover, today people especially non-Muslims are becoming more aware and shifting towards Halal food due to rising concerns about unhygienic and unhealthy food.
Halal products are not only related to meat but the evolving lifestyle throughout the globe has influenced the demand for products that conform to Islamic dietary laws. The Halal industry today continues to expand beyond the food sector and there are many industries that benefit including:
Cosmetic and personal care- Cosmetics might contain alcoholic substances or products derived from animals forbidden by Islam, hence Halal certification is required.
Pharmaceutical and healthcare- Halal pharma and healthcare products are in demand as most consumers value wellness products that do not harm the body in the long-term.
Tourism- This refers to hospitality services and products in accordance with Islamic practices.
Apparel- Many fashion houses around the globe have noticed the commercial potential for Muslim women’s clothing respecting religious sentiments while incorporating elements of good taste and style.
Logistics- Halal logistics involve being mindful in the supply chain where the integrity of the product is maintained from the farm to the table of the consumer.
Read more about Halal Certification in UAE, here.