Halal Expo Canada 2019

The Halal Expo Canada (HEC) 2019 team is delighted to announce the first line-up of keynote speakers for the First Conference of Halal Expo Canada 2019.

The two-day conference to be held in Mississauga, Ontario from October 8-9, will feature presentations and panel discussions from leaders in the global halal lifestyle industry. Among the growing list of keynote speakers are CEOs of international Halal organizations, global and local experts, distinguished halal standards officials, policymakers and government representatives from across the globe. To learn more about the speakers, please visit http://halalexpocanada.com/conference.html

The theme for HEC 2019 is “Enhancing the Future of the Halal lifestyle industry in North America” and it communicates the important future role for Halal products and service that is healthy, abundant, economical and sustainable.

“We are excited and pleased that so many CEOs and influential leaders from the halal lifestyle industry have already committed to speak at HEC 2019. Their experience and leadership in the international Halal market will allow for insightful discussions at the first edition of the Conference,” commented Nasser Deeb, Show Director, Halal Expo Canada 2019, “The event will reflect the focus on the fast-growing halal industry in North America and raise the standards of the Halal products and services. Having HEC 2019 in Mississauga, Canada, provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders and global policymakers to meet and discuss the Halal business and its current and future challenges”.

According to Dr. Hamid Slimi, HEC 2019 Conference Advisory Committee Chairman, “For the last fifty five to sixty years of Muslim businesses presence in Canada, we have not witnessed anything of this magnitude that showcases and brings together Halal living related establishments. This is the beginning of an organized platform for the Halal industry and the people behind it. Halal Expo Canada 2019 will empower the Halal presence in the Canadian market, will create a solid network among businesses serving the Halal industry and last but not least it will give us an idea how far we have gone and how far we still have to go…”

Organized by THE EXPO HUT a leader in the trade show organizing for over 20 years, the event is the only and largest North American gathering of companies and individuals associated with Halal Lifestyle industry across the globe. It is the first time ever that such Halal Conference will be held in North America that is widely multicultural and has an evident increase of the Muslims population. With the fast-growing halal market, the event is, expected to draw more than 3,500 representatives of the Halal lifestyle industry, policymakers, buyers, NGOs, media, members of the financial community, and others will be in attendance.

Read more on offical page of Halal Expo Canada 2019.

GSO Halal Standard also for Pakistan

The Ministry of Trade and Textile Industry of Pakistan has recently updated the requirements of their products importation, introducing the obligation of Halal Shipment Certificate, as indicated in the decree S.R.O 237 (I)/2019.


Indeed, for the entrance of goods at boarders’ customs, at arrival at final destination, it is obligatory that it is accompanied by a Halal Shipment Certificate issued by a Halal Certification Body accredited by one of the members of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) or of the Standard Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC).


Halal International Authority (HIA) is accredited by Gulf Accreditation Center (GAC), a member of IHAF. HIA issues certificates according to GSO Halal Standards in conformity with Halal Standards recognized and accepted by Pakistan Government.


In order to sell their goods in Pakistan, HIA Clients shall obtain Halal Shipment Certificate, to be issued by HIA in full conformity with GSO Halal Standards and according to category of products to be exported in Pakistan.


If your products aren’t certificated Halal according to GSO Halal Standards, it is enough to require to HIA an GSO extension of the Halal Certification in your p

It’s time to export watermelon to EU countries

Ukraine is one of the largest exporters of watermelons and is in the top 25.


It is reported that this year creates very favorable conditions for the export of Ukrainian watermelon to the EU countries. For example, in Italy, the wholesale price for 1 kilogram of watermelon exceeds 1 euro. Also high prices for watermelons are noted in Spain. In connection with the cold spring in the south of Europe, there is a decrease in yield and deterioration in product quality. During this holiday season, the demand for watermelons is traditionally growing. Therefore, exports to northern countries are also limited, which raises prices there to much higher levels.

Now in Ukraine the prices for watermelon in the south have already dropped below 17 European cents per kg and the pressure on prices continues. You can buy the same watermelon on the western border of Ukraine even for 30 euro cents per kg, which makes its export quite profitable.


Andrei Yarmak, an economist at the FAO Investment Department, believes that now is the ideal time for the supply of watermelon to the EU from Ukraine. “First of all, the Ukrainian consumer looks at the early watermelon with distrust, fearing increased nitrate levels, and in the EU there are no such errors regarding nitrates among consumers, therefore the early watermelon is always well exported. In the same year, high prices and good quality of Ukrainian watermelon contribute to exports “- said Andrey Yarmak.

Source: UkraineFood.org

Exports of blueberries to the countries of the Middle East provide an opportunity for Ukrainian producers to earn 30% more

Ukraine has good prospects for exports of blueberries this year. Such opinion was expressed by Director of the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPAA) Kateryna Zvereva.


“Thanks to our active work on the promotion of Ukrainian berries in the Middle East within the trade mission of Fruit Trade Ukraine, with the support of FAO, EBRD and EU4Business, we continue to receive requests for the supply of Ukrainian blueberries by air transport to the countries of this region from those importers of berries that could not take participation in the event. We think that in July, several companies of the participants of our trade forum in Dubai will be able to put Ukrainian boar in 3-4 countries of the Middle East. Of course, given the growing volume of production, these supplies will be relatively small, but according to our calculations, those who can export berries to these countries will earn 30% more than the sale of berries in the domestic market and by 10-20% more, than at deliveries of berries to the European Union “, – says Kateryna Zvereva.


As the EastFruit project notes, the first wholesale batches of early blueberries appeared on the Ukrainian market in the first days of last week and came mainly from Transcarpathia and the southern regions of Ukraine. Since the volumes of the offered products were not very high, prices were kept at a rather high level – up to 300 UAH / kg in the wholesale trade (more than $ 11 USD per kg). By Friday, June 20, prices fell almost a dollar, but still predominantly exceeded $ 10 USD per kg.


However, on the weekend, when the first batches of blueberries came from the Vinnytsia and Chernivtsi regions, prices began to decrease more dynamically. So far, most farmers are trying to keep prices for lochina at the level of 200 UAH / kg ($ 7.6 USD per kg), but on the Sunday already began to appear the first offers of berries at a lower price. Mostly, farmers who did not have cooling and storing berries, as well as those who could not offer quite large volumes, agreed with the price, but the whole volume was not available for sale.


“Despite the sharp drop in prices for locust beef in Ukraine on weekends, prices are still quite high compared to last year and far higher than the pessimistic forecasts that were announced by market participants before. A similar situation exists in neighboring Poland, where prices for early blueberries are twice as high as last year, “said Andriy Yarmak, Economist of the Investment Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


“We expect that mass harvesting of blueberries in Ukraine will begin approximately in a week and a half. However, most likely, this week, prices for locust beer in Ukraine will fall below the prices for locust beans in Poland, which should launch export of products and provide support for prices, “- says FAO expert.


Participants in the berry market, including farmers and wholesale trade, expect that wholesale prices for blueberries when shipped from the farm before the end of June may fall to $ 5 per kg. At the same time, traders often predict even lower prices, and farmers, on the contrary, mostly believe that prices will not decrease so quickly, and by the end of June 2019 will be closer to the mark of $ 6 dollars per kg.