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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

UAE: Sharjah Cooperative Society throws weight behind Halal Food Middle East

Leading regional and international retail establishments and industry bodies have joined hands with Expo Centre Sharjah for the upcoming international Halal-certified food products exhibition - Halal Food Middle East.

The latest organization to throw its weight behind the show is local retail major Sharjah Cooperative Society (SCS), after OIC's trade promotion wing Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), Halal Development Council, Halal Italia, Halal Research Council, Halal Australia, Co.Re.Is.Italiana, and OIC Today, among others.

The show, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Supreme Council Member, has the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of UAEChambers of Commerce and Industry, apart from several leading retailers, food producers and dealers. 

Billed as a one-stop platform for facilitating and sourcing the sale and purchase of food and related products that conform to Halal requirements, Halal Food ME will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from December 10 to 12, 2012, and will aim to tap into the $2.77 trillion international Halal food industry.

"Preparations are under way to make the inaugural Halal Food ME a highly successful trade show. We launched the show globally during the 8th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) in Kuala Lumpur and we will promote it globally. We just finished a promotional tour of China and will now be heading to Thailand. The support and participation of Sharjah Cooperative Society will add more credence and strengthen the value proposition of Halal Food ME," said Mr Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, Director-General of Expo Centre Sharjah.

Sharjah Cooperative Society's decision to participate in the show comes following a meeting between Mr Midfa and Mr Majid Al-Junaid, Director-General of SCS, and will help achieve the larger goal of strengthening ties and partnerships with government departments in the country.

"Sharjah Cooperative Society has a vital role in providing Halal-certified food products to Sharjah and the Northern Emirates. Its success is well-known and we are delighted to have them on board for Halal Food ME," Al Midfa added.

SCS is a leading establishment in providing good quality foodstuff at competitive prices to consumers and supporting social cooperation to create a more secure society. Founded in late seventies, SCS has several outlets in the Emirates and is an industry leader that is a winner of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award several times.

The first edition of Halal Food ME is positioned as the most comprehensive show of its kind in the region, featuring Shariah-compliant food and beverages, bakery and confectionaries, broth products, food ingredients, frozen food, health products, herbs and spices, legumes & cereals, nuts and seeds, pastas and noodle, processed & seafood, snacks, and fruits & vegetables.

The show will attract exporters & importers, traders & wholesalers, supermarkets, hypermarkets, departmental stores, convenience stores, food manufacturers, food processors, hotels, restaurants, cafes, catering companies, distributors, retailers, suppliers, food service outlets, investors, hospitals, ship chandlers , airlines, agricultural associates, agents, media, business & trade associations, government bodies, food associations, Halal certification bodies and trade promotion offices.

(Ame.Info.Com / 17 July 2012)

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